Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur 1908-1995
Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur (1908-1995) was Academician of the USSR Academy of Arts (1958), Corresponding Member (1947), Hero of Socialist Labor (1978), People’s Artist of the USSR (1973), winner of two Stalin Prize of the second degree (1946, 1948), member of the Communist Party since 1943. His works are in the collections of the National Art Museum, the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Memorial Museum – workshop of Zair Isaakovich Azgur (Minsk, Belarus), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the Astrakhan Regional Picture gallery (Astrakhan, Russian Federation), the art museum of Moldova and others.
Zair Azgur was born on 2 January 1908 in the village of Molchany of Mogilev province (now Vitebsk region of Byelorussia), into a Jewish family. He graduated from the Vitebsk Art Practical Institute in 1925, his teachers were Y. Pen and MA Kerzin. In 1925-1928 Zair studied at Higher Artistic – Technical Institute in Leningrad; Art Institute of Kiev and Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts (1928-1929).
In 1945, Zair Azgur married Galina Gorelova, daughter of Academician GN Gorelov, a member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1958). In 1980, Zair was the head of the creative workshop of USSR Academy of Arts (Department of Sculpture) in Minsk.
Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur is the author of lots of monumental portraits: Dzerzhinsky (1947), AI Molodchy (1943), MF Silnitsky (1943), AI Rodimtsev (1943), DM Pozharsky, Lu Xun (1953-1954), R. Tagore (1958), which are exhibited in Tretyakov gallery. The monuments created by the artist decorate streets of many cities of the former USSR – Pushkin (1956, Astrakhan), ensemble in the Yakub Kolas square (1972, Minsk), three monuments to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Minsk (1980), Makhachkala (1960), Vladikavkaz (1957); monuments to Marx (1980) and SI Gritsevets in Minsk, PM Masherov (1981) in Vitebsk, VI Talash in Petrikov, Bagration in Volkovysk. Among the works of easel stands half-figure of the Belarusian poet and Latin scholar M. Gusovsky (1980).
Soviet sculptor Zair Azgur
Source: Illustrated album
Masters of Soviet art
Tenth exhibition of works by members of the USSR Academy of Arts “Painting
Sculpture Graphics”. Publisher “Art”, Moscow 1972