Soviet artist Mirel Shaginyan
Soviet artist Mirel Shaginyan (May 17, 1918 – February 24, 2012) – painter, member of the Union of Artists of the USSR. Her mother, Marietta Shaginyan (1888-1982) was a famous Russian writer, one of the first science fiction writers in the Soviet Union. Mirel’s father – Yakov Hachatryants was a teacher of Nakhichevan seminary. Mirel’s first school was Russian school in Armenia, and then she continued studying in Kislovodsk. In 1931 Shaginyan family moved to Moscow. In 1936, Mirel Shaginyan graduated from high school. During World War II she was evacuated to Sverdlovsk. In 1948 she graduated from the Moscow Art Institute of Surikov (class of Alexander Deineka). Mirel Shaginyan lived in Moscow (Arbat) and in Koktebel, the Crimea.