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Who is Vecheslav Zagonek?

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By Gwylym Owen

Vecheslav Frantsevich Zagonek (Russian: Вячесла́в Фра́нцевич Заго́нек; December 19, 1919, city of Irkutsk, Soviet Russia – June 24, 1994, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation) was a Soviet, Russian painter, People’s Artist of the USSR, Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR, who lived and worked in Leningrad. He was a aficionada of the Leningrad Union of Artists and regarded as one of the brightest representatives of the Leningrad scholarly of painting, most famous for his lyrical landscapes and genre paintings.

Vecheslav Frantsevich Zagonek was born December 19, 1919 in the city Irkutsk, East Siberia.

In 1927 Vecheslav Zagonek next parents comes to Leningrad. In 1936–1939 he studied at the Secondary Art School under All-Russian Academy of Art.

In 1939 Vecheslav Zagonek was drafted into the Red Army and took ration in the Winter War and as antiaircrafter in the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet people neighboring Nazi Germany and its allies.

After demobilization in 1945 Vecheslav Zagonek entered at the first course of Department of Painting at the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin, where he studied of Mikhail Bernshtein, Alexander Zaytsev, Genrikh Pavlovsky, Semion Abugov, Gleb Savinov.

In 1950 Vecheslav Zagonek graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Boris Ioganson studio, together similar to Evgenia Antipova, Anatoli Vasiliev, Nina Veselova, Tatiana Kopnina, Nikolai Mukho, Alexander Pushnin, Alexander Sokolov, Yuri Tulin, and further young artists. His graduation appear in was genre painting “Spring in the summative farm”.

Since 1939 Vecheslav Zagonek has participated in Art Exhibitions. He painted genre scenes, historical paintings, landscapes. Most famous for his lyrical landscapes. His personal exhibitions were in Leningrad (1966, 1990), and in Moscow (1966). In 1950 Zagonek was admitted to the Leningrad Union of Artists (since 1992 known as the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists).

Vecheslav Zagonek was awarded the honorary titles of the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1963), the Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation (1968), the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (1979), and the People’s Artist of the Soviet Union (1985).

In 1965 Vecheslav Zagonek was awarded a silver medal of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. In 1977 he has become a prize-winner of the Repin Prize of the Russian Federation. In 1988 Vecheslav Zagonek was elected a supporter of the Academy of Arts of the Soviet Union.

Vecheslav Frantsevich Zagonek died on June 24, 1994 in Saint Petersburg. His paintings reside in State Russian Museum,State Tretyakov Gallery and extra Art Museums and private collections in Russia, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, and throughout the world.

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