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Soviet artist Alexey Avdeyevich Anikeenok 1925-1984

Soviet artist Alexey Avdeyevich Anikeenok

A village. 1965. Oil on cardboard. From the collection of State Art museum of Tatarstan, Russia. Painting by Soviet artist Alexey Avdeyevich Anikeenok

Soviet artist Alexey Avdeyevich Anikeenok

Born in Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) in 1925, Alexey Avdeyevich Anikeenok (3.07.1925 – May 22, 1984) – Soviet artist, veteran of WWII. After a serious injury he arrived in Kazan, where his mother was in the evacuation. In Kazan he received an art education, and began his creative career. Artist of the 60’s, he represented informal painters, discovered impressionists, was fascinated by Van Gogh, and yet – not an imitator: he was looking for his own way. Straight, freedom-loving, he tried to prove his truth and his creative solvency. He was unbending. As a result, silence and isolation were waiting for him. Very often he used to earn for living playing the saxophone in the Kazan cinema and in restaurants. Besides, he was friends with Oleg Lundstrem, who at that time lived in Kazan.
Meanwhile, after the persecution of the Kazan authorities, deprived of his workshop, he had to leave Kazan and move to Pskov (1969).

Fireflies on the old road. 1962

Fireflies on the old road. 1962

Unfortunately, only a year before his death, in 1982 he became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR. In particular, after he completed the stained glass compositions in the Pskov telegraph. And, in addition, in the premises of the post office of communication – 12 stained-glass compositions “Mail and communication in the Russian folk song” (co-authored with the wife of the artist Eleonora Ginzburg).

Alexey Anikeiken – died at 58 years old in 1984 from lymphatic leukemia (when working on stained glass windows in Pskov he often had to come in contact with lead).

Soviet artist Alexey Avdeyevich Anikeenok

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