Through the passionate dialogue with the old masters, Nikolai Makarov revived the techniques of ancient painting in a contemporary world where knowledge and artisanal skills are inevitably changed, with the arrival of new technologies. With the discovery of Rembrandt especially the treatment of the light and the hidden parts in darkness, Makarov shifted his painting to the complex and blurred new realities, exceeding the border between figurative and abstract painting. Consistent dealing with the traditional compositions and subjects – landscapes, urban settings and naked characters triggers the archetypal motifs rooted in our memory and subconscious. His body of work exists in a timeless metaphysical space where the past mingles with the present.