The Rukavishnikov Dynasty
I guess this is my favorite of the ones I received -- kind of mid-way between socialist realism (with the spade under her foot) -- and modern Italian sensuality -- and maybe a bit of traditional Russian folk-piety.
There's an article about the family here, and there's a strange website devoted to contemporary figurative Russian sculpture
which has some examples of his work -- but the list of 300+ sculptures has to be viewed one-at-a-time, and it's not in alphabetical order. (and overall -- this is one of the most bizarre collections of good art/very bad art that I have ever seen --all of it located in what appears to be a public garbage dump -- with remnants of old USSR official art and many post-USSR items that are too clumsy/awful/pathetic to be believed)
This is the portrait of Vladimir Visotsky mentioned on the above website.
The Russians are so good at making marble figures feel cold -- but do you feel just the hint of a sensual thaw in this portrait ?