Art Brokerage: Elya Peker Russian Artist:Showing an affinity toward art at an early age, he began taking drawing and painting classes at age eleven, and entered the Moscow Art Institute in 1951 to study theatrical set design. One of his teachers was the designer for the Bolshoi Theater. As a graduation project he designed the set for Verdi's opera Rigoletto, and in 1956 received his diploma. After graduation he worked for fifteen years as a graphic artist for an encyclopedia publisher. During an extensive trip to Central Europe, he visited the Vatican Museum, Versailles, the Louvre, the Modern Museum in Paris, the villages of Barbizon and Monte Carlo. He also went to museums in Brussels and Copenhagen, the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt's home. Listings wanted.