Hectic retirement times
In 1994, at the age of 50, after almost thirty years of service in the armed forces, Alexey Trofimovich Pjyanitsa retired being an air force colonel. It was a difficult period in his own life and all around him. The collapse of the Soviet Union, zeroing the values that had seemed unshakable before, which he himself and his children were raised with. Domestic difficulties, the absence of the inside rod given by the army.
According to the eldest son, Vladimir, this gloomy feeling Alexey Pjyanitsa was suppressed with, as well as hundreds of millions the post-Soviet country people, was reflected in the works of that period. "He suffered from this very much, it was painful,- Vladimir Zarudniy recalls. -I see it in works of that period—they are dark, black, making such a depressing impression. He had such heavy bitterness, a scar—left after this life period."
Pjyanitsa was trying to find himself in a new, not very understandable life, but his creative character, which received such a sudden realization in the armed forces, turned out to be unneeded in the new boiling up post-perestroika "citizen" times. With this, it wasn't typical of him to grasp for whatever. "It was a hungry period, money shortage,"- the artist's wife Svetlana Ibragimovna recalls. But he told me: I can't work as a safeguard, like others, while artists aren't needed anywhere."

Despite CPSU membership being compulsory for armed forces officers, according to his relatives, Alexey Pjyanitsa never was a devoted 'communism builder'. He shared communist ideas, but as ideas only. "He certainly was enrolled in the party, but never believed in it especially, and we always had "conversations in the kitchen " -Vladimir Zarudniy says. –We also discussed forbidden things when he served in the army, at the beginning of the eighties, when nobody doubted the Soviet power inviolability. He said that something about the life was wrong, seriously wrong, because there was no freedom. Because a free person is excluded from the society, while a non-free person is not interesting for the society, and the society itself did not understand what it wants. "
…The best time was, of course, when the service was over. He finished his service and became all by himself, free. And then his flourishing climax happened. He got his free time and he spent days and nights in his studio.

Eduard Zaryanskiy, the friend and mentor.

But precisely this turbulent and painful period was marked with the beginning of a new fruitful stage in the creative biography of Aleksey Trofimovich. In fact, he completely devoted himself to the visual arts in all its forms, spending weeks in his workshop in Balashikha. The main part of the artist's works, more than 300 paintings, were created after retirement, during 19 years, in which he was able to give himself completely to art.
Neither the difficult period after retirement, nor more successful later years, when Alexey Pjyanitsa's works were recognized, made him treat creativity as a way to profit. Moreover, he denounced those artists who earned their living by painting—he believed that one should give one's pictures for free, as presents. Just as quickly, impulsively, even hysterically as you get emotions, impressions, inspiring you to create. "He treated his work like his children— tenderly".- Svetlana Zarudnaya says. –"Carefully, but he could easily present them to somebody. The main thing was for the painting to go to the 'good hands'. And he presented many of his works. Sometimes he even said that this or that friend had all apartment walls covered with his paintings".
... I'm 100 percent sure: father lived not for the paintings. He lived for moments of their creation.

Victor Zarudniy, the youngest son