Soviet Ukrainian painter Victor Puzyrkov
Soviet Ukrainian painter Victor Puzyrkov (4 October 1918 — 30 October 1999) – Member of the USSR Union of Artists (1948), People’s Artist of the USSR (1963), the winner of two Stalin Prizes of third degree (1948, 1950), winner of the USSR State Prize, member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union since 1954, the veteran of Great Patriotic War. The artist was born October 4, 1918 in Yekaterinoslav, now Dnepropetrovsk. He graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk Art College. Then he moved to Kiev and entered the Ukrainian (now the Kiev State) Art Institute (1938-1941). In 1946 he graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Arts. His teachers were K. Yeleva, F. Krichevsky, S. Gerasimov, and A. Shovkunenko. Since 1948, he worked as a lecturer, since 1957 – Professor of Kiev State Art Institute. Since 1947 participated in the republic, All Union and International art exhibitions. He became the winner of two Stalin Prizes for his paintings “Black Sea warrior” (1947), and “Stalin on the cruiser “Molotov”. For the paintings “Soldiers” and “In the dugout” he became the winner of the USSR State Prize of Taras Shevchenko (1976). Victor Puzyrkov created mainly paintings on a naval theme. Among his paintings: “Fishing season” (1976), “They Fought for Their Country” (1977), “Surf”, “After the storm”, “Courageous” and others.
Victor Puzyrkov died October 30, 1999 in Kiev. His works are stored in the Dnepropetrovsk Art Museum, the National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kiev), the National Museum of Ukrainian Arts, the National Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 (Kiev), Ukraine’s art museums, as well as in private collections.