Mikhail Bobyshov

Born: 1885, Pogoreloe (Tver Province)
Died: 1964, Leningrad

Theatrical designer, painter, graphic artist, teacher. Born in the family of Pavel Bobyshov in the village of Pogoreloe in Tver Province (1885). Studied at the Baron Stieglitz Central School of Technical Drawing (1900–07). Designed for theatres in St Petersburg (from 1911). Member of the Fellowship of Independents (1912–16), Arkhip Kuinji Society (1917–18), Sixteen (1922–27) and Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1925). Taught at the Petrograd Technical College (1912–18), Technical College of Art and Industry (1924–28) and the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1926–64, professor from 1939). Designed sets and costumes for theatres in St Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev and Sofia. Honoured Artist of the RSFSR, People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1961). Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Died in Leningrad (1964). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1912). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Fellowship of Independents (1912) and the Arkhip Kuinji Society (from 1917), First State Free Exhibition of Works of Art (1919) and the Russian Art Exhibition at the Grand Central Palace in New York (1924).

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