Sergei V. Chernikov is a Russian-born professional artist who
for more than 10 years, lives and works in the greater Chicago area. Over the
years Chernikov enjoys growing recognition as a prominent North Shore portrait
artist. He has been invited to participate in the annual Catholic Charities
Gala of the Arts Shows as well as taking part in many other art shows in
Illinois and Wisconsin. In addition to numerous portraits and still lifes
gracing the walls of private homes, his restoration and mural work can be seen
in the chapels of Barat College and Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest.
He considers himself primarily a portrait artist. “People
are the most fascinating and challenging genre of painting because of the
fluidity of expression that shows the inner life of a person.” In his opinion,
“A portrait is not a stationary combination of features but the subtle
manifestations of a character on the background of outward
Chernikov has also successfully explored various painting
genres other than portraiture. He is especially fond of still lifes. In his
opinion “Still lifes are stories and memories of nature and humans in
interaction; revealing the veiled existence of these interactions celebrates
the abundance of color, form, taste, and smell – in other words – it celebrates
Working primarily in oils, the artist is also skilled with
pastels, mural work, including trompe l’oeil and statue restoration.
A linguist by education he has been making art since childhood
encouraged by his father, who is also an artist.