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Erik Bulatov – Soviet painter

Erik Bulatov

Erik Bulatov – Soviet painter


Erik Bulatov is one of the most famous contemporary Russian artists. He is one of the founders of social art.
The boy was born on September 5, 1933 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). His father, a communist, died during World War II in Pskov.
In 1958 Bulatov graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute named after Surikov. Since 1959 he had worked in children’s publishing house Detgiz.
You know, in 1957, Erik began to exhibit his paintings in Moscow and in 1973 his pictures appeared abroad.
Since 1992 Erik lives and works mainly in Paris.
In the 1960s Bulatov formed the Sretensky Boulevard Group. It was an association of like-minded artists where they could discuss and show their work. Today it is known as the Moscow School of contemporary Russian art.
In an extremely accessible way the artist illustrated the absurdity of reality, oversaturated with the symbolism of Soviet propaganda.

In the USSR, his pictures could not be exhibited because of censorship. Only in 1965 and 1968 there were short-term exhibitions of his works at the Kurchatov Institute and Cafe Blue Bird in Moscow. In the early 1970s he began to create large-scale paintings on social themes and images of Soviet reality: he depicted slogans, inscriptions, posters.
Later, in 1988, after a series of major personal exhibitions in Zurich and Paris, as well as participation in the Venice Biennale, the artist quickly gained international recognition. He was called “the artist of perestroika” and was recognized as the best artist of the year by UNESCO.
Most of his works are in private collections in Europe, Russia and United States.
At the Phillips auction his work Soviet Space was sold for about $ 1.6 million, two Soviet paintings, including The Revolution – Perestroika, were sold for a million dollars each, making Bulatov the most highly paid contemporary Russian artist.
He was the first Russian, whose exhibition was held at the Pompidou Center – one of the most prestigious venues in France.
In 2008 he became an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
An exhibition of his graphics was held in his homeland for the first time in 2003.
In 2013 he became a laureate of the All-Russian Contemporary Art Competition Innovation in the nomination For Creative Contribution to the Development of Modern Art. And in 2015, the artist was invited to create large-scale paintings for a new building of the Museum of Modern Art Garage in Moscow.
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Erik Bulatov – Soviet painter