iLia Fresco (Anossov) – artist, fresco painter.


iLia Anossov (fresco), by Gil Ortiz

iLia Anossov (fresco) is one of the very few artists in the world who are considered masters of the art of fresco painting. His work includes large and small fresco paintings, conceptual fresco installations, fresco objects, sculptures and fresco stacks.

iLia Anossov was born in Moscow in 1966, attended official art schools and explored various media including cinematography, architecture and visual arts. However his true education came through classic-style apprenticeships to master artists, between 1983 and 1996, he served three 4-year long apprenticeships in Russia and United States.

iLia has been widely exhibited in Russia, Europe and the United States including 7 Museum Exhibitions and over 50 Solo and Group exhibitions around the World. Commissions include large-scale frescoes and murals in private homes as well as public areas. His internationally featured Malibu Fresco project appeared on the covers of premier magazines including Architectural Digest (AD) USA, AD Germany, AD Italy, House & Garden UK.

iLia’s creative mind and artistic excellence has been also in high demand for the most prestigious events and productions. One of his most notable nationally recognized commissions was for the design and creation of the interior décor of the 76th Annual Academy Awards® Governor’s Ball. The entire interior of the Ball (over 27,000 sq. feet) was hand painted in t”rompe l’oeil frescoes”. iLia’s work has graced such events as the 73rd Academy Awards® Governor’s Ball, 9th Annual SAG Awards Governor’s Ball, 50th Annual Emmy Awards, 11th Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and many others.

iLia Anossov (fresco) has established a “Nationwide Fresco Painting Workshop Program” as a systematic tutorial on the technique of fresco painting. The response has been overwhelming and since then the program has grown into the only year-around Fresco School in the country. iLia explains, “I arrived from Russia for a one-man exhibition at Springfield Museum of Art in 1992. I was amazed by the fact that Fresco was considered a lost art and was not represented in the contemporary art world since Diego Rivera. There was no school, not even a source of consistent information to guide artists in their exploration of the medium. Ever since then, the dream “to see fresco being painted in every town” has consumed everything I could think of.

“I realized that to achieve this goal I had to create a new school of fresco detached from the form, style, fashion and other preconceptions about the art of fresco. This school would “take fresco down” from the “ceiling” and bring it back in to the artist’s studio pure as the medium used by all humans since the beginning.” In 1996 iLia put his exhibition career on hiatus, moved to Los Angeles and founded the Fresco School (

During over 16 years of teaching all levels of students from the university professors to high school students, professional and amateur artists, classic figurative painters, non-figurative artists and street graffiti writers, researching and studying the medium through his actual fresco projects and in the studio, iLia has developed a consistent system of the foundational principles of the medium of fresco. These principles enable the student to adopt the eternal medium without compromising the integrity of their own style, vision or form. iLia Anossov is the author of 5 volume, full length Buon Fresco Foundations DVD Tutorial.

Presently he is working on a Space Fresco Project, House of Angels Fresco Project. Hi is a CoEd Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design and teaching workshops at the Fresco School and The Getty Institute in Los Angeles.

Since 1996 iLia Anossov (fresco) lives and works in Los Angeles.

Museum Exhibits

  • 2015 – “Art from California’s  Inland Empire & Beyond” – Inland Empire Museum of Art, California
  • 1994 – “Cultural Center Opens” – Museum of Integral Art, The Ark Project (Terranova Art Foundation) Watermill (Southampton), New York
  • 1993 – “Second Collection” – Tretiacov Gallery State Museum & “Literary Gazette”, Moscow. Catalog
  • 1992 – “One Person Show” – Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
  • 1992 – “One Person Show” – Kalinin Museum, Moscow
  • 1992 – “Non for Profit Project” – Kalinin Museum, Moscow. Catalog
  • 1991 – “Three Man Show” – “Octiabrskaia 25″ Exhibition Hall, Moscow
  • 1991 – “Ilia Anossov – Recent Paintings” CMSA (Central Museum of the Soviet Army) and Author Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 1991 – “Non Commercial Exhibitions I” – “Author” Gallery & Kalinin Museum, Moscow
  • 1991 – “Non Commercial Exhibitions II” – “Author” Gallery & Kalinin Museum, Moscow Color Catalog “Second Exhibition”

Selected Projects

  • 2014 – present – Fresco Painting – Past and Present, Otis College of Art and Design (Faculty CoEd), LA CA
  • 2013 – present – Introduction to Fresco program for The Getty Villa, Getty Institute, LA CA
  • 2012 – present – Space Fresco Project, Los Angeles, CA and Worldwide
  • 2012 – present – House of Angels Fresco Project, Cohoes, NY
  • 2012-2013 – Ruby D Monument and Mural Program, Cleveland OH
  • 2010-2013  – Bob Hope Patriotic Hall Mural Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2012 – Amalfi Fresco, Beverly Hills, California
  • 2011-2012 – French Fresco, Beverly Hills California
  • 2010 – Byzantine Fresco, Hollywood California
  • 2010 – Restoration of Steve McQueen historic mural, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009 – Malibu Fresco, Malibu California
  • 2007 – Restoration of David Hockney’s Swimming Pool Mural at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 – Mural for Augustus Tower of Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Nevada
  • 2005 – Restoration of secco fresco murals in Historic Park Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles CA
  • 2004 – 76th. Annual Academy Awards, Governors Ball, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2004 – Dolphin Fresco – Marina Del Rey, California
  • 2001 – 73rd. Annual Academy Awards, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1999 – Albuquerque Fresco,  Albuquerque, NM
  • 1998 – 50th Annual Emmy Awards, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1998 – Nickelodeon 11th Annual Kids Choice Awards, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1998 – 70th Academy Awards, Governors Ball, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2012 – “Urban Legends” – Estria Foundation, CA
  • 2010 – “Fresco Show” – 8905 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2000 – “Fresco Cartoon” – Modern Fresco Gallery, Fresco School, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1999 – “Modern Fresco” – Modern Fresco Gallery, Fresco School, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1998 – “The Rice & Beans Show” – Sick Puppies Productions, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1997 – “Fresco & Sculpture” – Auburn Companies, Brentwood, CA
  • 1997 – “True Fresco” – Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1996 – “True Fresco” – Pacheco’s Salon, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1996 – “Figurative Manifestations” – Wainscot Gallery, Wainscot, New York
  • 1995 – “Fresco and Watercolor” – Art’s Anonymous, Watermill, NY
  • 1995 – “Silent Auction” – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1995 – “Madness” – Art League “Truth” Gallery, Broadway, NY, NY
  • 1995 – “Group Show” – Art League “Truth” Gallery, Broadway, NY, NY
  • 1994 – “Group Show” – Art League “Truth” & CB/GB club, NY, NY
  • 1994 – “John Ed Benefit” – Art League “Truth” & Clayton Patersen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1993 – “Group Show” – Art League “Truth” Gallery, Broadway, NY, NY
  • 1993 – “New York Times – the cultural monopoly” Carla Stellweg Gallery and Art League “Truth”. Special guest Hilton Kramer. Broadway, New York, New York
  • 1992 – “Group Show” – Summatin Tidenavetta Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1991 – Kraski Rossii (Colors of Russia)” – one man show – “CDO” (Central Officers House) and   Author Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 1990 – Juried Show – “Arbat 25″ Gallery Moscow, Russia
  • 1990 – “Art Expo” – Art Expo Gallery Moscow, Russia – Tokyo, Japan
  • 1990 – “Expo 90″ – “Vistavca Dostizenii Narodnogo Hosiaistva” Moscow, Russia (Diploma)
  • 1990 – “Presentation” (solo show) – “Author” Gallery & “CDO” (Central Officers House) Moscow, Russia
  • 1989 – “Second Exhibition” – Gallery “Author”, Moscow
  • 1989 – “February” (Group Show) – Hotel “National” Gallery Moscow, Russia
  • 1989 – “Group Show” “Kino” – Gallery Moscow, Russia
  • 1989 – “March Group Show” – “Mars” Gallery Moscow, Russia
  • 1989 – “Colors of the Spring” – “Expocenter” Armand Hammer Center, Moscow, Russia
  • 1989 – “Art Auction” – Architect Union Head Building Moscow, Russia


  • House & Garden Magazine, UK
  • Architectural Digest, Italy
  • Architectural Digest, USA
  • Architectural Digest, Germany
  • C Magazine
  • Artisphere Magazine
  • Los Angeles Times
  • People Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Hollywood Life Magazine
  • Pasadena Weekly
  • Downtown News
  • Argonaut
  • Santa Monica Mirror
  • Dans Papers
  • Southhampton Press
  • Easthampton Star
  • Easthampton Independent
  • Springfield News-Sun

Professional Affiliations

  • 2014 – present – Otis College of Art and Design, Faculty
  • 2013 – present – JP Getty Trust, Instructor, fresco painting
  • 2008 – present – MCLA, Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Board Member
  • 2012 – present – ViCA, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, Advisory Board

Education (Selected Schools)

  • 1992 — 1996 – Mihai Popa Studio, School of Integral Art (NY) – integral art, sculpture, fresco
  • 1984 — 1988 – Vladimir Ovchinnicov Studio (Moscow) – watercolor, oils, fresco
  • 1982 — 1984 – Igor Groshev Studio (Moscow) – egg tempera (palekh school), fresco