“The paradox inherent in the self-portrait lies, I feel, in the artist’s representation of himself in his own painting. Often the artist strives for psychological truth and in so doing achieves a diverse and unexpected reception,” Nikolai Andronov said. The artist turns frequently to the self portrait genre, creating works that are at once ironic and witty, serious and thoughtful. “Self Portrait in the Museum” is an original epilogue to a series of hoaxes and disguises. This playful ambiguity gives way to serious, calm, contemplation. Behind the artist you can see the Icon of St. Nicholas, the patron saint in a metaphor for spiritual heritage and cultural memory passed down many generations.