Deacon Nikita Andrejev is an iconographer and instructor working out of Estonia and the United States. He heads the Tallinn, Estonia, studio of the Prosopon School of Iconology and teaches intensive workshops in Europe and North America. He paints commissions, both portable icons and murals, and designs mural programs. He lectures on iconology and participates in exhibits. In 2017, Nikita was ordained a deacon of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Nikita aspires to the spiritual and artistic culture of ancient Byzantine icon painting in its various historical manifestations. As an iconographer of the Prosopon School, he strives for the living continuation and expansion of the tradition of Orthodox iconography, rooted in the understanding of the inner principles of this art. The principles of iconography have their source in Christian theology and anthropology; this is to say, in the knowledge of God and human nature—in the sensitivity toward Divinity, and in the understanding of the ultimate potentials of humanity.
Iconography is therefore not simply the production of objects needed for religious devotion, nor simply the artistic study and reproduction of archaic art forms. Nor, again, is it merely a pleasant aesthetic exercise. The ancient prototypes which survive show that the icon, in its fulness, can be a direct, face-to-face manifestation of the powerful truths of the Christian faith, moving the viewer to spiritual contemplation. A lofty and humbling standard, in an age in which the renaissance of traditional iconography is still only partially accomplished!
2013-2015 • St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York, USA: MA in Theology
2001-2005 • Saint-Serge Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France: Licence in Theology
1993-1997 • Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA: BA in Classics (Greek)
From 1988 • Apprenticeship with Vladislav Andrejev, founder of the Prosopon School
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