Who is Alexei Mozhaev?

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Alexei Vasilievich Mozhaev (Russian: Алексе́й Васи́льевич Можа́ев, Alexej Vasiljevič Možajev; October 5, 1918 – January 23, 1994) was a Soviet Russian painter, graphic artist, and art teacher, lived and worked in Leningrad, a aficionado of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists (before 1992 known as the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation), regarded as a representative of the Leningrad literary of painting, most famous for his portrait painting.

Alexei Vasilievich Mozhaev was born October 5, 1918, in the village of Vtoraya Sosnovka, a suburb of the city of Saratov, on the Volga river.

In 1936, Alexei Mozhaev entered at the painting department of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He studied of Isaak Brodsky, Alexander Lubimov, Genrikh Pavlovsky.

In 1946, after the Great Patriotic War Alexei Mozhaev graduated from Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin in Boris Ioganson’s workshop. His graduation con was genre painting named “In Native Family”, devoted to the postwar revival of the country.

Since 1936 Alexei Mozhaev has participated in Art Exhibitions. He painted portraits, genre and historical compositions, landscapes, worked in oil painting, pencil drawings, and watercolors. In 1946 he was admitted to the Leningrad Union of Artists. His solo exhibitions were in Leningrad (1982, 1989), Saint Petersburg (2008), and city of Pushkin (2010).

Alexei Mozhaev the most known for his portrait paintings. His individual style has proceed from an academic manner, based upon strict objectivism and typing, towards a stronger drying in the transfer of individual characteristics and refinement of color. Painting by Alexei Mozhaev is based upon the loud light and shadow contrasts, exquisite plain-air transfer and tonal relationships. In supplementary his painting style become more decorative and general.

Over the 30 years Mozhaev entire sum his creative comings and goings with pedagogical work. He taught in Tavricheskaya Art School and the Secondary School of Arts (now the Artistic Lyceum named after Boris Ioganson of the Russian Academy of Arts).

Alexei Vasilievich Mozhaev died upon January 23 in Saint Petersburg. His paintings reside in State Russian Museum, in Art museums and private collections in Russia, England, China, Japan, in the U.S., France, and further countries.

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