SO THIS IS HOW SANTA GETS AROUND ASIA, IS IT?
This fun Russian Santa Claus is hand carved and hand painted by the artist creating this Santa riding on this brightly colored tiger. Santa is a wearing a red and gold suit with a blue/green shapka cap. Santa is holding a fat, colorful, tropical bird and has a wicker backpack on his back - could that backpack be filled with toys or Santa's lunch?!? This Santa statue is lightly lacquered so it is easily cleaned and protected. This artist who creates these wonderful works of art, is one of the few who does his own carving as well as painting, and this long, extended tail is very unique! SEE ARTIST BIO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE!! This statue is formed out of 3 sold pieces of Linden wood. The solid Linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved.The solid linden wood is dried for almost 2 years before it is carved. (Note: These are not mass produced molded resin from China. All Russian Santas are one of a kind, unique, and hand carved from Linden Wood so no two Santas are ever identical.) This Grandfather Frost, as he is called in Russia, is made in Sergei Posad, Russia and measures just under 10 inches tall by approximately 17 inches from front to back and just over 6.25 inches wide.
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Alexey Kikin, a master of the Abramsova (or sometimes spelled Abramtcevo) Style of Painting, dreamed of becoming an artist from early childhood. After leaving school, Alexey entered the Abramsova Art College founded by famous Russian artists, Vasnetsov, Polenov and Vrubel. Alexey gravitated towards animal sculptures and focused his studies in this area. After graduating from the Art College, he worked as a teacher teaching sculpture. Later, partnering with his wife and fellow artist, Tatiana, they created a unique style that is all their own. This style combines wooden animal sculptures with fairy painting creating this fantastic and unique style which Alexey describes as a style “in which Russian modern and empire style are merged.” We hope you enjoy his works!