COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT - 2011 TIKHONAIRE
Ivan Rumiantsev, Iconographer
Ivan was born in 1972 in Moscow, Russia. His father was a graphic artist. In 1987 he entered the Moscow School of Fine Arts where he majored in restoration and preservation of easel paintings and tempera art. In 1991 he obtained his diploma after completing an internship at the All Russia Scientific Research Institute of Art Restoration and graduated with a major in tempera art restoration. Ivan served in the Russian military for some time where, upon finding out about his talent, his commanding officer removed him from the rank and file and set him up in a studio on the base where he was permitted to do his work in peace. There he fulfilled his military obligation. Once he completed his studies Ivan became an icon restorer at Moscow's Epiphany Cathedral. He was "Chief Restorator" when the Orthodox Church in America invited him to Pennsylvania. He is currently the Instructor of Iconography at the seminary as well as the artist in residence. He has written several icons in the monastery chapel, in many of the local parishes, and is often commissioned for private iconographic work as well.
Most recently he was contracted for the renovation of All Saints Church in Olyphant, PA after the parish suffered a terrible fire in 2006. He has completed the vast majority of the new iconography in the building and is expected to be honored at the parish’s Re-consecration Celebration scheduled for Saturday September 17th, 2011. For more information about his work at All Saints, or to view the completed iconography please visit the parish’s website at www.allsaintsolyphant.org. Ivan holds an icon workshop in the Fall and Spring semesters. Fees are extremely reasonable and the student will keep the icon(s) that he/she writes during the course of the instruction. For inquiries regarding participation in these workshops please contact the seminary at (570) 561-1818. ✠ Ivan Rumiantsev has been a part of the St. Tikhon’s Community since first coming to America in 2001. He lives with his wife, Xenia, and his two daughters, Sasha and Angelina, on the seminary campus. A portfolio of his iconography is available to view on his website, www.icons-rum.com.
Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church Weirton, WV