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Semion Semionovich Andreichenko
(Sofiivka, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 1919 - )
Semion Semionovich Andreichenko was born in the village of Sofiivka, Dnepropetrovsk province in Ukraine in May of 1919. He was born into a poor peasant farming fmaily. Semion was accepted into an art school when he was 16, and soon after realized his passion for sculpting. He was accepted into the sculpture department of the Kiev State Art Institute in 1939, but was soon after drafted into the war. After the war, he was awarded with the order of the Red Star for his bravery. He was able to return to the Kiev Institute, and graduated in 1952, and participated in exhibitions starting in 1960. Many of his commissions included public monuments honoring Lenin or soldiers who died in the war.