Belakovskaya Victoria Markovna
1901, Alexandria, Chersonesos Province – 1965, Leningrad
Painter, graphic artist. Studied in the Faculty of Natural Science, Odessa University (1918–1920); under Tit Dvornikov and Pavel Volokidin at the Odessa Free Art Studios (1918–1923) and under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin at VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN (1923– 1927). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1924) and held solo exhibitions: Leningrad Branch of the Union of Artists (1964); Victoria Belakovskaya, Anatoly Proshkin, Viktor Proshkin. Painting and Graphic Art (1993, Manège Central Exhibition Hall); St Petersburg Union of Artists in Lenin – grad/St Petersburg (2011); St Petersburg Dynasty: Victoria Belakovskaya (1901–1965), Anatoly Proshkin (1907–1986). Viktor Proshin (1906– 1983), Vladimir Proshkin (born 1931), Marianna Proshkina (born 1939). Painting and Watercolour in Moscow and St Petersburg in 2004 (Exhibition catalogue. Moscow, St Petersburg, 2004).
Member and exhibitor of October (1930–1931) and Creative Union of Leningrad Artists in Leningrad (1935–1941). Member of the Union of Artists (1945; expelled 1949–1953). Got married renowned artist and teacher Viktor Proshkin (1906–1983). Mother of the artist Vladimir Proshkin (born 1931). By 1927 the curriculum of the Higher Art and Technical Institute (VKhUTEIN) had changed yet again: in addition to a diploma work, students also had to write and defend an academic thesis on theory. “Steel Horse on the Ukrainian Fields” (1927, Rus – sian Museum) is Victoria Belakovskaya’s diploma work, while her thesis was written on the topic “A Portrait of Ukraine from the 10th Century to the Present Day”.