Leonid Borisov

Born: 1943, Leningrad
Died: 2013, St Petersburg

Painter, graphic artist, sculptor, object artist, photographer. Born in the family of Konstantin Borisov in Leningrad (1943). Graduated from the Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute of Communications (1968). Initially trained as an engineer and had no idea of the role that art would later play in his fate when he visited the National American Exhibition at Sokolniki in Moscow (1959). Attended the Bulldozer and Izmailovo Park exhibitions in Moscow and the Gaza exhibition in Leningrad (1974), where he met Vladimir Nemukhin, Oscar Rabin and Yevgeny Kropivnitsky (1974). Took up drawing (1975), followed by painting, under the influence of Alexander Leonov (1970s). Associated with Vladimir Nemukhin, Eduard Steinberg and members of Dvizhenie (second half of 1970s). Member of the International Federation of Artists (1992). Died of a heart attack on Russian Orthodox Christmas Eve while leaving his studio at 10 Pushkin Street in St Petersburg (20132). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1975), including the exhibition of unofficial art at the Nevsky Palace of Culture in Leningrad (1975) and one-man shows at the Nadezhda Krupskaya House of Culture in Leningrad (1978), Cubism at Gallery 21 on 10 Pushkin Street in St Petersburg (1994), Geometry: Works 1975–95 at the Russian Museum (1995) and Da-Da at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2000).

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