Alexander Borunov

Born: 1920, Timofeyevka (Vladimir Province)
Died: 1994, Palekh (Ivanovo Province)

Painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, book illustrator, teacher, restorer. Born in the family of Vasily Borunov in the village of Timofeyevka in Vladimir Province (1920). Studied at the Palekh School of Art (1935–40). Worked at the Fellowship of Palekh Artists/Palekh Studios of Art and Industry (from 1940). Fought and injured in the Second World War (1941–45). Helped to restore frescoes in the cathedrals of the Moscow Kremlin (1946–54), St Sergius Monastery of the Trinity (1946–55) and the Lacquer Study at Monplaisir in Peterhof (1956–59). Member of the Union of Artists (1950). Taught at the Palekh School of Art (from 1956). Designed the sets for a performance of Pavel Blyakhin’s The Little Red Devils at the Nikolai Gogol Theatre of Drama in Moscow (1960–61). Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1974). Died and buried in Palekh (1974). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1946), including Fairytales in Russia at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2000).

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