Yevgeny Bachurin

Born: 1934, Leningrad
Died: 2015, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, poet, songwriter. Born in the family of Vladimir Bachurin in Leningrad (1934). Studied at the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad (1954–57, expelled ) and graduated from Moscow Institute of Polygraphy (1959). Joined the nonconformist movement following the Manège exhibition in Moscow (1962). Influenced by Old Russian icon-painting and the oeuvre of Pavel Filonov. While many of the artist’s works are based on the realities of Old Russia, his figurative paintings often depict animal-like human beings, symbolising man’s clash with the brutalities of life. His graphic art, on the other hand, is an ironic game based on the guidelines of classical and academic art. Member of the Union of Artists (1968). Lived and worked in Moscow. Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation (2015). Died in Moscow and buried at the Golovino Cemetery at 13 Golovinskoe Chaussée in north-west Moscow (2015). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1969), including Times of Change: Art in the Soviet Union (1960–85) at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2006).

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