Anna-Nina Kovalenko

Anna-Nina Kovalenko
Born: Sidoryonkovo (Kemerovo Region)

Painter, graphic artist, writer, performer, curator. Born in a family of Old Believers in the village of Sidoryonkovo in western Siberia during the Second World War. Moved to Moscow (1959) and studied at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (1960–63). Dropped out after three years and moved to Odessa (1963), where she performed menial work at the Jute Manufactory (1963–65). Returned to Moscow (1965) and studied at the All-Union Institute of Cinematography (1965–68). Trained as an artist under Alexei Maximov (1970s). Member of the Moscow Independent Artist Association (1979–86). Under police surveillance after publicly opposing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1981). Joined the Trust Group for establishing peace and mutual trust between East and West (1984). Engaged in solo activism for peace (first half of 1980s), leading to physical assaults, arrest, imprisonment and incarceration in a psychiatric hospital, where she was forcibly injected with drugs (mid-1980s). Released from hospital after signing a document promising to leave the Soviet Union within six days (1985). Helped young hippy artists to hold performances and shows, which ended in the KGB assaulting and arresting the participants and destroying the art works (1986). Awarded political asylum by the US Embassy in Moscow and moved with her teenage daughter to New York (1987). Member of the Salon des Indépendants in Paris (1989–2000), European Art Group in France (1997–99) and Salon Art Senior (M-me A. Grimaldi) in Monaco. Won awards of the Fédération Nationale de la Culture Française (1997–2010). Wrote memoirs of Anatoly Zverev entitled ??? ???????? ??????? (1990s). Published the novel Manuscript Found In Upper Bay, or White Horse (2006). Lives and works in New York. Contributed to exhibitions in Dubna and Moscow (Russia), Wervik (Belgium), Paris, Dijon, Saint-Raphaël, Lyon, Thonon-les-Bains and Cannes (France) and New York, Chicago and New Jersey (United States), including Group of Eight with Dmitry Anikeyev, Alexander Yulikov, Alexander Schwartz and Alexander Semyonov at 28 Malaya Gruzinskaya Street in Moscow (1983), exhibition of women artists organised by Larisa Pyatnitskaya at 28 Malaya Gruzinskaya Street in Moscow (1980s) and Art is Stronger than Bombs (“6 September”) on Old Arbat Street in Moscow (1986).

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