The story itself marine painter Valery Shilyaeva – a romantic story, though at first glance there is nothing unusual. Born in with. Sharanga Kirov Region in the family of a soldier. After serving the army, went to Chelyabinsk Art School at the decorating department. At the end of an engineer on promestetike in Cherkassy and . In 1986 he moved to Vladivostok, identified a sense of his creative biography. It is here that Valery Shilayev finally emerged as a maritime, fully devoting himself to this genre. Perhaps this loyalty was chosen direction and romance, manifested long before the water element was the literal meaning of the verse the artist (now he lives in the village.
Transfiguration, where the sea is a stone's throw from his studio or on the contrary, the workshop a stone's throw from the sea). Romantic he was, when he was in "captivity of the sea," first seeing seascapes Aivazovsky Museum artist in the Crimea. There he began writing his first marina. Pretty soon the hobby grew into a real passion: "I collected everything that is written and published on the sea, starting from the 16 th century, – says Valery Shilayev. – I have a huge collection of books and albums dedicated to marine. He has studied the genre seriously, from the beginning, especially considering the different schools and periods. After all, the sea appeared in the visual arts Thousands of years ago: first in the arts and crafts, and from 17 th century – when the world for the Europeans has become wider due to the development of navigation – in painting and drawing. Originally assigned the role of marine historic painting, designed to capture the famous ships and naval battles. With the development of artists of the genre has become increasingly interested in the sea itself, the volatility of its states. British and Dutch painters, the Impressionists, Russian artists 19 centuries – literally every work became the object of attention Valeria Shilyaeva. Turner and Berthe Morisot, Claude Vernet, Lagorio, Bogolyubov, Dubovsky and, of course, Aivazovsky, whose work was to Shilyaeva source of inspiration and also a measure of its own forces.