Andrei Kushnir


                                                                                                    Photo by Indulis Tupesis



          Andrei Kushnir grew up in Scott, Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois.  Always interested in art, he was a cartoonist for the Chicago Illini, student newspaper of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  After experimenting with various media, he started painting in oils in 1980, and quickly discovered the joys of painting landscapes outdoors, en plein air.  Essentially self-taught, he also took lessons with artists Michael Francis, at the Alexandria, Virginia Art League, and Michele Taylor, his first dealer in Washington, DC.

 
            The artist developed a naturalistic, realist style, and has painted in every type of weather, focusing on the American landscape.  This includes the Potomac River and C&O Canal, both near his Maryland home.   He has also painted in Virginia’s Crooked Run Valley and in every part of the Shenandoah Valley.  He has painted along the shores of Maine, New York, Cape Hatteras and Florida’s Gulf Coast, as well as in the Western U.S. states, particularly California, Colorado, The Dakotas, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, as well as in New Zealand, Japan, Italy, France and Holland.  He has exhibited his works in numerous juried and invitational shows throughout the United States, often selected by judges who were curators at major art museums. 

 
            Kushnir has been a member of the Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, Art Leagues, as well as the Washington, DC Capitol Hill Art League, the Blue Ridge Arts Council, Front Royal, VA, and the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society, Washington, DC., where he ultimately was elected vice president.  He was elected a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and a member of New York’s Salmagundi Club and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.  He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and an Official Coast Guard Artist. 

 
            The artist had his first one-artist show in 1998 at the Museum of Florida’s Art and Culture, Sebring, Florida, now administered by the South Florida State College.  Subsequent one artist shows were held at, among others, the Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC, Taylor & Sons Fine Art, Washington, DC, Rehhoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, DE; American Painting Fine Art in Washington, DC and New York, NY, and the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, where he was the first living artist accorded such an exhibit.  Upon the publication of his book of paintings of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, he was selected for single artist exhibitions of works from the book catalog at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA; the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, VA. 

 
            Group shows include venues across the United States: University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD; the Art League, Alexandria, VA; The Atheneum, Alexandria, VA; Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA; ART MD 95, Ellicott City, MD; Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Blue Ridge Arts Council, Front Royal, VA; Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Artists’ Atelier, Atlanta, GA; Glen Echo Park ,Glen Echo, MD; Spectrum Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Miniature Painters, Sculptors, Gravers Society, Washington, D.C.; Art Gallery Fells Point, Baltimore., MD; Serendipity Gallery, Boca Grande, FL; Miniature Art Society of Florida; Madison Avenue Art Gallery, Germantown, TN; Icehouse Gallery, Berkley Springs, WVA; Cogswell Gallery, Vail, CO; Squash Blossom, Colorado Springs, CA;Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA; International Visions, Washington, D.C.; Fairfax Art League, Fairfax, VA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.; Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, D.C.; Mill River Gallery I, Ellicott City, MD; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY; eklektikos gallery, Washington, D.C.; Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT; Mill Atelier Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD; Taylor & Sons, Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; Olympics Exhibit, Nagano City, Japan; Gallery West, Alexandria, VA; Abend Gallery, Denver, CO; Papermill Playhouse,  Millburn, NJ; Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR; Maryland Art League, Baltimore, MD; Hudson River Art Association,  NY; Broderick Gallery, Portland, OR; Gallery on the Square, Danville, KY; Trudy Labell Fine Art, Naples, FL; Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Period Gallery, Omaha, NE; Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA; Arts for the Parks, Casper WY; Alexander Gallery, New York, NY; Crane Collection, Cape Ann, MA; Sandy Spring Museum, MD.

 
            The artist’s works are in the permanent collections of the U.S. Coast Guard; District of Columbia’s Commission of Arts & Humanities; Museum of Florida’s Art and Culture, Avon Park, FL; Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, VA; University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD; and the University Club, Washington, DC.

 
            Kushnir is the author of ten publications of his artistic work: Oh, Shenandoah, Paintings of the Historic Valley and River (2016) published by George F. Thompson Publishing Company, Staunton, VA.; My River (1999) and American Light, 2001, published by Taylor & Sons Fine Art; Painted History (2004) published jointly by the Virginia Historical Society and Howell Press; Potomac River School (2009), Painted Seasons (2010), River Visions (2013), Blue Ridge Paintings (2017), Small Marine Paintings (2018) published by American Painting Press, Painted Boca Grande (2020) published by American Painting Press.   He is also the author of the nonfiction work EPIC JOURNEY, The Life and Times of Wasyl Kushnir (2020), published by Academic Studies Press, Cherry Orchard Books. Paintings by the artist are also included in Along the Potomac, Images of America (2000), by Philip Woodsworth Ogilvie, Arcadia Publishing, and Rock Creek Park (2003), by Gail Spillsbury, Johns Hopkins University Press.  Articles about Andrei Kushnir and his work have appeared in numerous publications, including the Nature Conservancy Magazine (2008, 2012); Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia) (2019); Daily News Record (Virginia) (2017); The Daily Progress (Virginia) (2017); Ukrainian Weekly, (2016); The Journal (West Virginia) (2011); Gloucester Mathews Gazette Journal (Virginia) (2010); HILL RAG (Washington, DC) (2006); Washington Times (Washington, DC) (1999); Washington Post (Washington, D.C.) (2002); Montgomery Gazette (Maryland) (1998); élan Magazine (Virginia) (2008); Gasparilla Gazette (Florida) (1998); Highlander Today (Florida) (2000); Longboat Observer (Florida) (1998); and Register Guard (Oregon) (1998).

 
            Andrei Kushnir continues to show in juried exhibits, as well as invitational shows.  His main exhibition venues are American Painting Fine Art, Washington, DC and the Salmagundi Club, New York, New York. 


Andrei Kushnir-Nature-Conservancy-Magazine-2008

Andrei Kushnir in Nature Conservancy magazine, 2008




Andrei Kushnir Studio
American Painting Fine Art
5125 MacArthur Blvd, NW
Suite 17
Washington, DC. 20016
Tel: 202-244-3244
e-mail: info@andreikushnir.com