The artist Mikhail Tolstykh


Mikhail Tolstykh

Among other things we discussed in the radio interview was the artist Mikhail Tolstykh, who we had met a couple of days earlier, along with his extraordinary paintings. Here he is in his studio, where he has been producing his work largely unappreciated by officialdom for decades. The electricity has been cut off to the cellar studio, but at least in summer it is cool down there away from the searing heat on the street.


Mikhail took us home for cognac and various tastes - Mikhail's wife Nataliya is also an artist, a creative couple: