MURAT KABOULOV (1939-2010)

American Russian Artist
Born and educated in Russia, Murat Kaboulov has lived and worked in Brentwood, Tennessee since 1992 until the end of his life. He had an M.F.A. degree from one of the world’s leading art schools – The Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he studied in the studio of Professor E. Moyesseyenko. Murat was a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and Portrait Society of America. His works can be found in many art museums throughout Russia, as well as in private collections all over the world.

Artist Statement
When I am looking at a painting, I realize that it attracts me much more than a beautiful landscape outside. Why? Perhaps viewing a piece of art is similar to a dialogue with its creator, who must have felt and experienced a lot before he picked up a brush and dipped it in paint. Of course, nobody can compete with nature, which works miracles of beauty. Even art fails if it tries to surpass it, but as an artist, I am bound to keep attempting the impossible, for it is the supreme temptation of creativity. The images that I reflect in my art often come to me with the ephemeral streaks of sunset and with the tremulous shadows of night, but even more often they are born of the long and crowded days that line up, striving to linger in my memory. Nothing fascinates and inspires me more than human nature. Storms and calm of the human soul are the preeminent subjects of my art.

It is with great sadness that the family of Murat Kaboulov announces that a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 71 in his adopted hometown of Brentwood, TN on Saturday morning, September 18, 2010. As usual, Murat was driving to his art studio to continue his day’s work.

Born on the 11th of January, 1939 in Vladikavkaz, Russia, to his parents – Geno Kaboulov and Nina Sebetova he was destined for a life filled with beauty and art. Murat began his life’s long passion of studying and creating art as a very young man in Vladikavkaz, and sold his first painting at the age of 14. This was the beginning of a career that spanned six decades.

Murat studied art to further develop his natural talent, obtaining an M.F.A. from one of the world’s leading art schools – I. E. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (The Academy of Arts), in St. Petersburg, Russia – where he studied in the studio of Professor Evsey Moiseyenko. Murat is a member of the Russian Artists Union, Portrait Society of America, and Tennessee Art League. His works are found in many art museums throughout Russia, as well as in private collections in Russia, the United States, Japan, and Europe.

While Murat was a man of very few words, his faith and his love brought him peace and a deeper understanding not only of his passion, but of the beauty of God’s creation.

Murat is survived by his wife, Marina, his children, Gena and Nora, in Brentwood, TN, and by his sister, Gala Atarova, his son, Abisal Kaboulov, his daughter-in-law Masha, and his grandson, Alexander Kaboulov, in Russia. Abisal is Murat’s son from his first marriage to Larisa Gergieva, the daughter of Tamara and Abisal Gergiev, and the sister of Valery Gergiev and Sveta Gergieva. Murat is also survived by his mother and father-in-law Tamara and Nikolay Mugumov, his sister and brother-in-law Janna and Edward Phillips and his nephew Edward Alexander – all of Wake Forest, NC.

Family friends, Mr. and Mrs. Rodes and Patricia Hart have been stalwarts in Murat’s life and the lives of his family. The family is deeply grateful for their continued love and gracious care.

Visitation for Murat’s family and friends will be held on Monday September 20, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church on 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville. Funeral services will also be held at First Presbyterian on Tuesday September 21, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., with a private burial in Brentwood. Memorials may be made in Murat’s name to Vanderbilt Heart at www.vanderbiltheart.com or The American Heart Association.

Murat’s family and friends are truly grateful and comforted by the support and sympathy they continue to receive. Murat was optimistic, goal-oriented, and deeply loved his family, friends, and work. A part of him will continue to live in each piece of his work, reminding his family and friends of his genuine, warm character and carefree life.