Pakhomov Alexei Fyodorovich
1900, Varlamovo, Vologda Province – 1973, Leningrad
Painter, graphic artist, monumentalist, book designer, sculptor, portraitist, genre painter, draughtsman, watercolorist, master of easel autolithographs, illustrator of books and magazines for children, poster designer. Studied at the Baron Stieglitz Central School of Technical Drawing/Higher Studios of Decorative and Applied Art (1915–1917; 1920–1922) first under Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Vasily Shukhaev and Sergei Chekhonin, later – under Nikolai Tyrsa, Vladimir Lebedev and Alexei Karev; VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN (1922–1925) under Alexander Savinov, Vladimir Tatlin and Grigory Bobrovsky; in the Graphic Department, Academy of Arts (1926). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1921).
Member and exhibitor of the Union of New Trends in Art (from 1921); Circle of Artists (1926–1931, one of the founding members). Member of the Leningrad Branch of the Union of Artists (from 1932; 1932–1949 – board member). Served in the Red Army (1919); worked at Okna ROSTA (1921), magazines Zhizn Iskusstva (Life of Art), Chizh (Siskin), Yozh (Hedgehog), Sovetskie Rebyata (Soviet Children), Novy Robinzon (New Robinson), Kostyor (Fire), Murzilka (1923–1925); collaborated with various publishing houses, member of the artistic board of Detskaya literatura (Children’s Literature) and Khudozhnik (Artist) publishing houses. Painted interiors of public buildings in Leningrad (the 1920s–1930s).
Taught at the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (1948–1973); Professor (1949), headed a personal creative workshop. Honorary Artist of the RSFSR (1945), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1963), People’s Artist of the USSR (1971), corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1958), a full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1964). Winner of the State (Stalin) Prize (1946) for the lithographic series Leningrad During the War and the Siege (Leningrad Chronicles) (1941–1944). Gold medal of the World Exhibition in Paris (1937) for the panel Children of the Soviet Country at the Soviet pavilion. Author of the book About My Work (1968–1969). Held solo exhibitions in the Russian Museum (1961, 1981), Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow (1981), Academy of Arts in St Petersburg (2001).