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Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov. Portrait of Vladimir Vysotsky. 1981. Marble

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov. Portrait of Vladimir Vysotsky. 1981. Marble

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov was born October 2, 1950 in Moscow, the USSR. He became a member of the USSR Union of Artists in 1974, Honored Artist of the RSFSR and the Kirghiz SSR in 1984. In the period of 1986-1988 Alexander was a Secretary of the Union artists of the USSR. In 1995 he was given a title of People’s artist of the Russian Federation. The same year Alexander became the Head of the Department of sculpture of Moscow State Art Institute named after VI Surikov, and professor (1999). In 1997 he was chosen a Member of the Russian Academy of Arts and member of the Presidential Commission on culture. Alexander Iulianovich Rukavishnikov – master of monumental and easel compositions, sculptural portraits. In 1976 he was awarded the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1976) – for the sculpture “Builders”, “Work”, “Michelangelo.”

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov. Michelangelo. 1975. Marble

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov (born 1950 Moscow). Michelangelo. 1975. Marble

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov represents the third generation in a hereditary dynasty of sculptors. His grandfather, Mitrofan Rukavishnikov (1887–1946) was a founder of one of the greatest dynasties belonging to the Moscow school of sculpture. Iulian Mitrofanovich Rukavishnikov (1922-2000), father of Alexander Rukavishnikov, was a famous Soviet sculptor. Mother of Alexander Rukavishnikov – Angelina Philippova (1923-1988) was a brilliant Soviet sculptor. The son of Alexander Rukavishnikov – Filipp A. Rukavishnikov (born 20 June 1974) is also a sculptor. The forth generation sculptor Filipp Rukavishnikov is a member of the Moscow Union of Artists, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

In 1974, Alexander Rukavishnikov graduated from Moscow State Art Institute named after VI Surikov (workshop of Lev Kerbel). For the thesis “North fisherman” he received a diploma with honors. In 1984 he was awarded the honorary title “Honored Artist of the RSFSR.”

Since 1993, Alexander Rukavishnikov became head of the department of sculpture of the Moscow State Art Institute named after VI Surikov. In 1997 he was elected a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Alexander Rukavishnikov – the constant participant of national and international art exhibitions held in Central House of Artists and in the halls of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow, at the Museum of Modern Art Nassau (USA), in the Gallery Dilemanna (Belgium) and in other museums and exhibition halls of the world.

Works by Alexander Rukavishnikov are stored in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Museums Ludwig, Siemens, Hermes, John Wilson, numerous private and corporate collections.

Awards:
Order of Friendship (2000) for his merits in the development of Russian fine art
Order “Badge of Honor” (1986)
Silver Medal of the USSR Academy of Fine Arts (now the Russian Academy of Arts) (1982) for the sculpture “Brigade”, “Vladimir Vysotsky” and other sculptural compositions
Silver Medal of the French Academy of Arts for sculpture “John Lennon” (1982)

monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky

monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky

In 2015, during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in Moscow, was opened a monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky. This monument, as well as other monumental projects of the Russian military-historical society, was created entirely on public donations. The author of the monument – a world-famous sculptor, People’s Artist of Russia, member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Professor Alexander Rukavishnikov.

Soviet Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov

Sources:
Young Soviet artists. Illustrated album. Art. 1982
magazine Young artist 1981, 1984, 1980