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. Nikita paints commissions, both portable icons and murals, designs iconological mural programs, lectures, 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 expression and continuation of the tradition of Orthodox iconography rooted in the understanding of the inner principles of this art. The principles naturally have their source in Christian theology and anthropology, which is to say, in the Christian conception of divinity and 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 merely a pleasant aesthetic exercise. In its fulness, the icon ought to be a manifestation in image of the powerful truths of the Christian faith and must move the viewer to spiritual contemplation.
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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)
1988- Apprenticeship with Vladislav Andrejev, founder of the Prosopon School