Moisei Feigin

Born: 1903, Rechitsa (Minsk Province)
Died: 2008, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist. Born in the family of Alexander Feigin in the town of Rechitsa on the River Dnieper in White Russia (1903). Attended grammar school in Warsaw and Moscow (1910s). Member of the Knave of Diamonds (second half of 1910s). Studied under Alexander Osmyorkin, Lyubov Popova, Ilya Mashkov and David Sterenberg at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN in Moscow (1921–27). Member of the Union of Artists (1932). Forced to paint portraits of Soviet leaders in a Socialist Realist style (1930s–50s), but greatly influenced by the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow (1959). Suffered from failing eyesight (2000s). Died at the age of 104 in Moscow and buried at the Don Cemetery (2008). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1926), including Abstraction in Russia: XX Century at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2001–02), one-man show at the Central House of the Artist in Moscow (2007) and a posthumous exhibition at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow (2010).

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