Soviet artist Vasily Andreevich Neyasov 1926-1984
Soviet artist Vasily Andreevich Neyasov (July 14, 1926 – October 7, 1984) – Member of the USSR Union of Artists (1948).
Born July 14, 1926 in Makarovka village of Penza province, Vasily Andreevich Neyasov grew up in a peasant Mordvinian family. From the age of 12 he began regular art classes – in the studio of Mordovian artists (1938-1940), at the children’s art school in Saransk. His teachers were MV Levitina, Boris Yermilov, MA Zernina, and MA Faichin (1940-1943). During the war years (1941-1943) he worked as an artist-designer of the Mordovian Music and Drama Theater under the leadership of MA Zernin and B.I. Roslenko-Ridzenko. Also, during hard years of WWII he managed to work as an assistant to the machinist of Ruzaevka railway station.
After the war ended, he decided to continue his art education and entered the Moscow Art College in memory of 1905, workshops of V.N. Baksheev, N.N. Nikonov, and N.S.Kozochkin (1945-1947). However, due to definite circumstances, he was not able to finish it, and returned to Saransk, and later moved to Chelyabinsk (1951).
He has participated in regional and city art exhibitions since 1951. In the 1968-1970’s he became a member of the board of the regional Union of artists of RSFSR. Among the works created by Vasily Andreevich Neyasov, are famous works in easel, monumental and decorative painting. In particular, “Portrait of the Folk Taleess Bezubova” (1948), “Mastering the New Process” (1953), “Woe to the Ore” (1954), “Portrait of Honored Artist of the RSFSR singer V. Shkarin” (1966) ), “Portrait of Honored Artist of the RSFSR ballerina L. Ratenko” (1966), “Guardsmen of the 63rd Ural Volunteer Tank Brigade” (1979), “On the Construction of the First Five-Year Plans” (1966), “Portrait of the People’s Artist of the RSFSR” (1984), the panel “Harvest” (1950’s), and the panel “Deer” (1964).
In the 1960s, while living and working in Chelyabinsk, he created a series of theatrical portraits of solo dancers, singers, musicians of the recently opened MI Glinka opera and ballet theater. And today his portraits of L. Ratenko, V. Dikopolska, V. Shkarina, I. Zaka are precious pictorial and profound psychological characteristics of artists, and people of art.
Many new impressions and ideas gave to the artist trips in 1963 and 1965 to Central Asia. A large number of landscapes, etudes are distinguished by genuine picturesque freedom, elegance and decorative luxury.
In the artistic culture of Chelyabinsk 1950-1970’s. V. A. Neyasov – the figure is bright and significant. He was a collector and creator of talents and talented initiatives. Vasily Andreevich came up with the idea of creating on the outskirts of Chelyabinsk a small town of artists with workshops, and the first to build a house in a village of Sever-Krymskaya. A painter with a life-affirming worldview VA Neyasov left so much to his descendants in art.
Vasily Andreevich died on October 7, 1984 in Chelyabinsk. The personal exhibition took place in 1984-1985, in Chelyabinsk. His works are in the Chelyabinsk Regional Art Gallery, in the art museums of Saransk and the cities of the Urals, private collections in Russia and Europe.
Soviet artist Vasily Andreevich Neyasov
Source – illustrated album “Vasily Andreevich Neyasov. 1926-1984. Personality and creativity”. Chelyabinsk, 2006