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 Alexander Volkov

Born:   August 31, 1886
Deceased:   December 17, 1957

Russian Soviet artist, one of the founders of modern art of Central Asia.


Alexander Nikolaevich Volkov was born into the family of a garrison doctor in the city of Skobelev, present Fergana, in 1886. He spent her childhood in Turkestan. In 1905 after graduation from the Orenburg Military School he entered the Petersburg University and quit it a few years later for the sake of attending the art studio of the aquarellist D. I. Bortniker, then the Higher Art School at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, where she studied under V. E. Makovsky from 1908 to 1910. His training at M. D. Bernstein’s private school where the artists Nicholas Roerich, Ivan Bilibin, and the sculptor Lev Sherwood (1910 — 1911) taught had a great impact on his future life.

Alexander Volkov went on studies in the Kiev Art School (1912 — 1916), where he studied under F. G. Krichevsky and V. K. Menk.
From 1916 he lived in Central Asia. He was the director of the State Museum of Central Asian Arts (1919), headed the Proletarian Culture Theater (1922), taught in Turkestani Art Courses (1919 — 1921) and the Tashkent Art School (1929 — 1946).
He was a member of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (from 1927), and participated in exhibitions of its Tashkent branch (1928). The artist was also a member of the art association Masters of the New East from 1929.
Afterwards Alexander Volkov founded the art group under the name Volkov's Crew (1931 — 1932).
He lived and worked in Tashkent. In 1921 — 1923 the artist made trips across Turkestan (Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand), where he was involved in work on designing and manufacturing military lapel badges.
In 1930 — 1934 Alexander Volkov travelled across Uzbekistan (Shakhimardan, Kadyrstroy, and Selmash).
He was a Merited Artist of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (1941), the People’s Artist of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (1946).
His personal exhibitions took place in 1943, 1944 — 1945, and 1957.

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