Anossov is one of the very few artists in the world who can be
considered masters of the art of fresco painting. Among his most
important works is the recently completed and the largest contemporary
buon (true) fresco project in the Western United States since Diego Rivera
and the WPA, measuring 20x26 feet. His creation of the "Albuquerque
Fresco" has become the subject of a documentary film by Amy Bowers about
the process and technique of fresco painting. His knowledge of the
techniques of this most difficult, important, yet endangered art form is
sought out by his contemporaries at great art institutes and museums.
Museums and collectors have sought his input on large-scale restoration
projects and his expertise in helping them refine their technique.
iLia Anossov has responded to all inquiries with great generosity, believing
the resurrection and proliferation of fresco art to be his true mission
Throughout history fresco artists have worked with architects to produce some
of the most monumental works. The greatest artworks in history are
frescoes, including those produced by the masters Michelangelo, Rafael and
Diego Rivera. iLia believes that if every architect could work with a
fresco artist the world would be a vastly more beautiful place. Through
his own fresco painting and his workshops, iLia Anossov has taken steps toward
realizing this dream.
Mr. Anossov has teamed up with leading fresco restorer and art conservator Mr.
Nathan Zakheim of Nathan Zakheim Associates – art conservation firm which
recently won 1.4 million contract for restoration of 11 landmark "Freeway
Murals" in Los Angeles. Anossov and Zakheim plan to create a similar to
WPA Era San Francisco's Coit Tower project (CoitTower.org)
organized by Zakheim's father, fresco artist Bernard Zakheim, in 1932.
During this project 30+ artists have painted over 30 buon (true) frescoes in
Coit Tower building in San Francisco which is now a National landmark and
Museum. To offer wider options for fresco workshops, related art classes
and fresco programs and to facilitate the initial project needs to train
artists, iLia Anossov also operates a large studio in Los Angeles.
Due to his nationally recognized expertise in the art of fresco painting,
the demand has been high for iLia's creative mind and artistic excellence
for the most prestigious events and productions. iLia Anossov has
been invited to The
Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishing™ in Las Vegas during
the summer of 2004 to speak on the revitalization of the art of fresco painting
and to judge the Fauxcademy Awards.
Most recent nationally recognized commissions were for the design and creation
of the interior of the 76th Annual Academy Awards® Governor’s Ball. The
entire interior of the Ball (over 27,000 sq. feet) was handpainted in Trompe
L'Oeil Frescoes. In addition to this event, iLia's work has graced such
events as the Governor's Ball for the 9th Annual SAG Awards, 73rd Academy
Awards®, the 50th Annual Emmy Awards, and the 11th Nickelodeon Kids Choice