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Zinov Viktor Semenovich

b.1908 – d.1991

An outstanding painter, graphic artist, one of the best representatives of Urals art school and social realism. He graduated from Urals art school (1923-1928) where he studied under the tutelage of V.A. Sinayskiy and E.O. Mashkevich. Viktor Zinov continued his creative searches at the factory “Russkiye Samotsvety” by designing many articles for export abroad made of semi-precious Urals stones. Then in 1932-1936 he worked as a graphic artist for the newspaper “Uralskiy Rabochiy” and realized headlines, posters and portraits of workers that he made with a deep and sincere feeling. In 1932 Viktor Zinov became a full member of the Union of Artists of Russia. In 1936 he was invited by Ivan Slusarev to Maliy Istok to paint together with the most famous Urals painter, founder of Urals art school Leonard Turzhanskiy. As a result of this acquaintance Viktor Zinov became a brilliant plain-air painter. In 1942-1945 he was called to the Red Army and during this period he realized a great number of fine frontline soldiers’ portraits. Viktor Zinov is a bright representative of classical school of the middle of XX century. He painted portraits of soviet leaders and heroes of Revolution. He also focused attention on gender themes, psychological portraits, light and joyful landscapes. As a gifted colorist Viktor Zinov realized a number of truly beautiful landscapes where his love to light, space and clear air is most expressed. He took part in many important soviet exhibitions where his works were always appreciated by public and art critics. Paintings by Viktor Zinov are included in many biggest state and private collections worldwide.

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