Filichev, Ivan - by John Kohan
Russian Artist Ivan Filichev was born in 1937, during the Great Purge, when Dictator Joseph Stalin launched a brutal campaign of political repression, murder, and mass arrests across the U.S.S.R. He has memories of World War II bombing raids in 1941, when Nazi soldiers invaded his home region of Bryansk in Southwest Russia. His older brother was a teen-aged partisan, who helped liberate the city in 1943 and died at the front. Studying Filichev’s biography, you will find most of his life and artistic career were inextricably intertwined with the history of the Soviet Union.
Peter and the Angel
He now lives in the post-Communist world of art making, where old boundary lines are gone, most themes are permissable, and market forces work much as they do in the West.
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