Artist Alexander Petrov to be this year Platonov Award laureate

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He drew his first cartoon based on Andrey Platonov’s story

Animator Alexander Petrov will receive The Platonov Literature and Art Award this year. This decision was taken today, May 17, by The Platonov Award Council, headed by the Acting Governor of the Voronezh Region Alexey Gordeev.

The Council members by common consent choose the cartoonist among the five competitors. His works are known not only in Russia, but throughout the world. The most famous of them is “The Old Man and the Sea” won the “Oscar” in 2000.

- The first cartoon by Alexander Petrov “The Cow” was filmed based on Andrey Platonov’s story – literary historian, researcher of Andrey Platonov’s creative legacy, Professor Natalia Kornienko noted. - The artist lives in Yaroslavl. He continues the tradition of Platonov’s understanding of art by tone, by way of life, ethics, esthetics. Petrov is both an artist and a filmmaker, his works are an animated painting. And if we talk about why we have awarded him it can be formulated as follows: for the embodiment of beauty and harmony of the wonderful and violent world. That’s Petrov.

The technique used by Alexander Petrov is called “Finger Painting”. Forcing the paint on the glass, the artist draws with his fingers, using brushes only in exceptional cases. One figure is one film frame, which flashes within 1/24 of a second while watching. Petrov draws more than a thousand paintings for one minute of his film, you can draw about 15 paintings a day. The next frame is created by changing the previous episode. Thus, by the end of the filming the artist has almost nothing except the glass with the last fragment of the film, all the results of his work stay only on the film. The cartoons in the production of which Alexander Petrov worked not only as an artist but also as a director are The Cow”, “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”, “The Mermaid”, “The Old Man and the Sea”, “My Love”.

The cash prize of Platonov Festival is 500 thousand rubles. Three representatives of art previously received it: in 2011 - writer Boris Ekimov, in 2012 - director of The Maly Drama Theatre – The Theatre of Europe Lev Dodin, in 2013 - musician Mikhail Pletnev.

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