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Bessonov Nicolay Vladislavovich
was born in Moscow on 14.1.1962.
He finished Moscow Academy of
Industrial and Applied Art in specialization of “artistic
manufacture of metal” back in 1984. Worked in Nuclear Energy
Institute. Since 1988 he works as free-lance painter. Created more
than 100 canvases of historical and ethnographic character. Has been
working as illustrator and designer. Had tried to work as theatrical
artist. Had been consulting TV-programs. Published a few articles in
magazines and the collection of Russian Academy of Sciences. Wrote a
some books in the genre of publicity and popular scientific
literature. Up to the very moment are published “Romany History - a
New Approach” and “Gypsies and media”. Beside the ethnography,
Bessonov is interested in the filed of witch-trials in Western
Europe and the history of slavery in the New World. In 2002 the book
"Witch Trials - an illustrated History" was published by "Ripol-classic".
Personal exhibitions took place in
Russian embassy in Madrid, in the Duma of Russian Federation and in
Czech cultural centre.
During the last decade Bessonov's
paintings were being exhibited in the Central Artistic Gallery in
Moscow (the gallery “Ąźöč˙/Action”).
Personal artistic studio is placed
in Bykovo near Moscow.
Bessonov is married with two
daughters. The older daughter is a player in Gypsy theatre “Romen”.