Dmitry Krasnopevtsev

Born: 1925, Moscow
Died: 1995, Moscow

Painter. Born in Moscow in the family of a white-collar worker called Mikhail Krasnopevtsev (1925). Studied at the 1905 School of Art in Moscow (1942–47). Taught drawing at secondary school. Studied under Matvei Dobrov at the Vasily Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow (1949–55). Worked at Reklamfilm Studios for almost twenty years. Had an important meeting with the collector George Costakis. Member of the metaphysical movement in nonconformist art. Painted still-lifes with broken ceramic utensils, dried plants and shells, combining the traditions of Symbolism and Surrealism (late 1950s–60s). Remained faithful to this style of painting and range of themes throughout virtually his entire career. Member of the Union of Artists (1982). First artist to be awarded the “informal” Triumph Prize in post-Communist Russia (1992). Died in Moscow (1995). Contributed to exhibitions in Russia (from 1956) and abroad (from 1967), including one-man shows at the apartment of Svyatoslav Richter in Moscow (1962, 1975).

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