Soviet painter Mikhail Trufanov 1921-1988
Soviet painter Mikhail Trufanov (November 22, 1921 – April 24, 1988) – A member of the Leningrad Union of Artists (1952), Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1963). Veteran of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), awarded the medal “For Courage”, “For Military Merit” and “For Victory over Germany”. Mikhail Trufanov painted portraits, genre and thematic paintings, landscapes, still lifes, as well as sketches from nature. But fame brought the picture of “Hearth” (1954). With a picture of “Hearth” and other works related the assertion in the Soviet art of the 1950s a new image of working man. And it was these works that embody the collective image of blast-furnace operators, miners, steelworkers, and brought the author a well-deserved recognition. His works are in the State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, in Art museums and private collections in Russia, Britain, France, USA, Italy and other countries.
Mikhail Pavlovich Trufanov was born in the village of Nizhnie Peny of Kursk province. In 1930, after the death of his father, 9-year-old Mikhail moved with his mother to relatives in the Donbass, to the city of Makeyevka. Here he spent his childhood and teenage years. In 1937-1940 he studied at the Odessa Art School. In 1940 he was drafted into the Red Army.
From the first months of the Great Patriotic War, Mikhail Trufanov participated in the fighting. In 1941 and 1943 he was wounded three times. He participated in battles near Kiev, and in the Orel-Kursk battle. In 1944 he was discharged as a disabled veteran with the rank of sergeant.
After demobilization Mikhail Trufanov returned to studies and graduated from Odessa Art School in 1945. In 1945-1951 he studied at the Faculty of Painting of Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ilya Repin of Academy of Arts of the USSR. He graduated from the workshop of Professor Boris Ioganson, and his diploma painting was “At the headquarters of Kovpak”.
Mikhail Pavlovich Trufanov participated in exhibitions since 1951. However, a personal exhibition of works was only 35 years later, in 1986 in Leningrad.
Soviet painter Mikhail Pavlovich Trufanov died in Leningrad, April 24, 1988.
Soviet painter Mikhail Trufanov