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Vyacheslav Andreevich Fedorov
(1918 - 1985)
Vyacheslav Andreevich Fedorov was born in Ivanovo-Voznesensk Russia to a family of poor weavers. The family claimed an inherited talent from drawing from a grandfather who according to legend was a traveling icon painter. In 1936,Fedorov entered the local art school which was geared mainly towards the local textile industry but also invested significantly in other foundational art principles. In 1939, he graduated with honors and three of his landscapes were accepted into the Soviet Union's National Exhibition.
Soon after, war was declared and Fedorov joined up, but after being seriously wounded in both legs he was discharged and evacuated to Samarkand. Samarkand offered the young artist an remarkable experience because the Moscow Art Institute, Kiev Art Institute, and the All Russia Institute of the Arts (the three greatest art schools of the Soviet Union) had all been evacuated there, offering Fedorov the opportunity to study with the greatest masters of Russian painting. After the end of the war, Fedorov accompanied his new friends back to Leningrad where he began his studies at the All Russia Institute of the Arts. After studying with Boris Vladimirovich Ioganson, he graduated in 1951 by which time the institute had been renamed to be the Repin Institute.
Soon, he returned to his hometown to teach at the Ivanovo Art School. He was a prolific painter and was known for his travels known as his Baikal, Ukrainian, Central Russia, and Academic Dacha periods. Central to his painting philosophy was the inter-connectivity of man and nature. His paintings were displayed in many All-Union shows as well as in individual shows.
In 1976, Fedorov was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. His works are displayed in over 50 museums across Russia including the Tretyakov gallery and the Russian State Museum. Inspiring Russian landscapes are considered akin to the paintings of SV Gerasimov, AM, Gritsai, and NM Romadina. V. A. Fedorov was once proclaimed one of the best landscape painters of Russia's 20th century. He died in the village of Zhelnikh, in 1985 though his art continues to be exhibited throughout Russia and abroad.