Leonardo Benatov

Born: 1899, Kagyzman (Erivan Province)
Died: 1972, Chevrie (France)

Armenian painter. Born in Kagyzman in Erivan Province as Levon Buniatian in the family of Mikhail Buniatian (1899). Studied at the studios of Adolf Milman and Ilya Mashkov in Moscow, Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1916–17) and under Pyotr Konchalovsky at the VKhUTEMAS (from 1918). Founding member of Existence (1921). Sent to work abroad (1922). Visited Germany, Italy and France. Settled in Paris. Died in Chevrie (1972). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1924). Contributed to the Salon d’Automne, Salon des Indépendants, Salon des Tuileries, Salon de la Nationale, Galerie Montparnasse (1927), Exhibitions of Russian Art in Birmingham (1928) and Paris (1931, 1932, 1934), École de Paris (1931), In Honour of Victory (1946), Three Centuries of French Still-Lifes (1952), one-man shows at the Galerie Daber (1954) and his own studio and a retrospective in London (1955).

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