Felix graduated from the Academy in 1979 with honors and was immediately offered a prestigious position within the Restoration Department at the Russian Museum. After a year, he accepted a position at The Hermitage, the world’s largest museum of fine art. He remained a conservator until the very moment he left the Soviet Union in 1982 to come to the United States.
Felix worked in various restoration studios in Boston and New York, and eventually opened his own restoration studio, working for collectors and dealers in New York. During this time, Felix traveled extensively throughout the United States and fell in love with the open and stark beauty of the West. In 1996 Felix followed his impulse to paint Western landscapes. He left his studio in New York and moved to an isolated cabin, without electricity or running water in the mountains above Salida, Colorado.
Summers, he still packs his tent and travels throughout the Southwest, sketching and doing studies. Winters find him in his studio, bringing his experiences of Western landscape to life in paint.