HH Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov of Russia – Rostislav Romanov
Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov is a British-Russian painter and descendant of the former ruling Russian Imperial dynasty, the House of Romanov.
Background and Inspiration to Create
The third of his name, Rostislav was born to Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov Jr. Shortly after his birth, Rostislav’s father moved the family from Chicago to London where Rostislav spent the first seven years of his life. The family then moved to the village of Rye in East Sussex, where he spent his teenage years.
Rostislav’s childhood was in many ways typical of that of any young man in rural England. He would often enjoy quiet walks through the Sussex countryside, and it is the abundance of the picturesque natural scenery surrounding him that first engaged his artistic sensibility. But, despite having a typically English exterior, the 18th Century house where Rostislav grew up possessed a Russian feel, with artefacts, paintings and photographs of the Romanov family adorning the walls.
Rostislav’s father fell ill soon after the family returned to the UK from Russia and passed away in January 1999. Rostislav, 13 at the time, was devastated by his father’s death. But in the darkness there was light – and a gift.
Rostislav was encouraged to channel his grief into painting and it was here, with the help of the influential weaver, potter, printmaker and designer John Hinchcliffe that his love affair with the arts really began in earnest. Rostislav still maintains contact with Hinchcliffe’s wife and artist Wendy Barber.
Rostislav eventually went on to study Fine Art at Falmouth University. Inspired by Russian culture and architecture, much of his art continues to draw from the influence of the Great Russian master painters such as Kandinsky and particularly the landscape paintings of Levitan and Kuindzhi. He does not, however, feel restricted by tradition in the way he paints, and thrives towards modernity and new ways of interpretation.
In 2010, Rostislav was invited to be Advisor to the Creative Department of the famous Raketa Watch Factory in St. Petersburg, founded by his ancestor Peter the Great. He holds a prominent role in aiding the design of the watches and in 2013 designed a special watch to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the House of Romanov.
Rostislav now divides his time between the UK and Russia. His first one man show in Moscow was named ‘The Cupolas’, in which he painted a series of Russian churches. He has also held exhibitions in Kazakhstan and the UK, with upcoming exhibitions planned for Lebanon, Kazakhstan, London and the US.
Hastings and Beyond
His latest exhibition, entitled Hastings and Beyond, will be a peek into Rostislav’s interpretation of Hastings and Rye from an adolescent to present day. Expect thick and meaningful brush strokes with intense greens and rust colours from the leaves and wilderness of the South East. Rostislav is deeply devoted to the town of Rye and its vibrant, local community. Each year, he donates one of his paintings to the Rye and District Bonfire Society, and he was awarded Vice Presidency of the Society in 2015.
At the first of every year Rostislav donates a painting to the Rye Bonfire society, which is auctioned and the money is used for the bonfire night in Rye.
Rostislav has been commissioned for two further projects. One is an Illustrations project and the other is to design a bespoke tombstone.
The illustration commission is a Russian fairy-tale book of Prince Ivan, Fire Bird and the Grey Wolf. This is in collaboration with another artist, Daria Fursey. The commission is on behalf of Rare Book from SaintPetersburg Publishing House.
A bespoke tombstone is a commission for the last agriculture minister of the Russian Empire Alexander Rittikh by the Russian Heritage committee in the UK.
There is also an upcoming exhibition on the 17th of September in East Sussex, which will be at the McCully and Crane gallery in Rye for the opening of Rye festival week.
Canterbury UK, Kent Institute of Art & Design:
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design > Merit.
Falmouth UK, University College of Falmouth:
BA (HONS) Fine Art.
6th june 2016, Hastings and Beyond, private house, London UK,
3rd may 2014 Solo exhibition in St Leonards UK in the Baker Mamanova Gallery,
3rd December 2011 2011, Moscow Russia, Fabrica Gallery, Coupla
17th September Part of an exhibition in Rye UK at the McCrane gallery, for Rye Festival,
20th march 2014 in Kazakhstan, Almaty Kazakhstan in A. Kasteev Art Museum,
17th November 2012 in Kazakhstan, Almaty in A. Kasteev Art Museum,
10th august 2012 with Michael B White in Rye East Sussex,
Brighton Argus, 7 June 2016
Pulse UK: https://issuu.com/pulseuk/docs/513_lr
The Kompass: http://bit.ly/25MeS63
Hastings and St Leonards Observer: http://bit.ly/1U1DUdw
Bexhill-On-Sea Observer: http://bit.ly/25ASEnx