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Soviet artist Mikhail Bozhyi

Soviet artist Mikhail Bozhyi. Nurse, 1955, oil on canvas

Nurse, 1955, oil on canvas/ Painting by Soviet artist Mikhail Bozhyi

Soviet artist Mikhail Bozhyi (1911 – 1990) – People’s Artist of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1963), a full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1962). In the portraits revealed the inner significance of the person. Mikhail Bozhyi was born September 20, 1911 in Odessa. From 1930 to 1933 he studied at the Moscow Art College (1872 – 1949). In 1936, Mikhail and his wife moved to Odessa. He worked as an animator at the Odessa film studio. He first exhibited his work in 1938 at the Regional Art Exhibition. Mikhail Bozhyi made his debut with a few portrait sketches. During the Great Patriotic War, the artist, due to the state of health, did not go to the front, and created war posters and satirical drawings.

Ballerina in front of the mirror, 1954, oil on canvas

Ballerina in front of the mirror, 1954, oil on canvas

After the liberation of Odessa in April 1944 Mikhail Bozhyi started active creative work. As a result of this creative period, the artist presented seven portraits at the IX republican exhibition in 1947. A truly mature work was a picture “Portrait of an excellent pupil Svetlana Shipunova” painted in 1950. This work has brought great success to Mikhail Bozhyi, putting his name in some of the best artists of the postwar period.

Noon, 1955, oil on canvas

Noon, 1955, oil on canvas. Soviet artist Mikhail Bozhyi

New success of the artist has been painting “Nurse” (1955). “Portrait of an excellent pupil” and “Nurse” were exhibited at many All-Union and foreign exhibitions. At the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1957, Mikhail Bozhyi, for the painting “Nurse” was awarded a bronze medal, and the exhibition of works of art of the socialist countries in Moscow in 1959 – a silver medal.

On the porch, 1955, oil on canvas

On the porch, 1955, oil on canvas

Talent and work of the artist have been highly appreciated. Mikhail Bozhyi was awarded the title of Laureate of the State Prize of Taras Shevchenko of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic for the painting “The 20th century Lenin.” (1964 – 1967), “New Times” (1969).

Seascape, 1960, oil on canvas

Seascape, 1960, oil on canvas

Soviet artist Mikhail Mikhailovich Bozhyi was elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 6 and 7 convocations. He was awarded the Order “Badge of Honor” and medals. Mikhail Bozhyi died January 1, 1990 in Odessa. The artist’s works are kept in the Museum of Ukrainian Fine Arts and the Museum of Russian Art in Kiev, in many art museums in Ukraine and abroad.

Soviet artist Mikhail Bozhyi

From the album of art exhibition “The Youth of the country”, soviet magazines – Young artist (1982), Ogonyok (1954)