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Yakobchuk Sergey Alekseevich

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10/4/1937-26/10/2015 Born in the village of Iskra, Irkutsk Oblast.

In 1953, Sergei Yakobchuk without preparation entered the Irkutsk Art School. At the graduation, on the advice of his father, he entered the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I.E.Repin (Saint-Petersburg Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, the SP AIPSA).    His teachers were: I. P. Veselkin, B.S. Ugarov, A.A. Debler, V.M. Oreshnikov. From the beginning of hid studies, Sergey Yakobchuk established himself as a very hardworking, talented, active artist, whose creative pursuits and aspirations were inextricably linked with the traditions of the Leningrad school of painting of the the middle and second half of the 20th century.

In 1965 he graduated from the SP AIPSA of the Academy of Arts of the USSR, defended his diploma with A grade representing the picture "The Concert at the Field Camp" (the Scientific Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts).    From 1966 to 1968, the artist continued to improve his skills by working in a creative workshop led by V.M. Oreshnikov, a Rector of the SP AIPSA, a professor of painting, a Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts, People's Artist of the USSR.  During those years, the works of the young artist were being exhibited at the All-Union, republican, zone exhibitions, as well as the exhibitions by Leningrad artists. In the spring of 1968, Sergey Yakobchuk graduated from the creative workshop of V.M. Oreshnikov, he painted "The Distribution List" presented at the exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the Komsomol in Moscow.  Since 1968, Sergey Yakobchuk often traveled to the North, he made sketches, met with fishermen, carefully observed the harsh life and hard work of the inhabitants of the Kola Peninsula.

In 1970 S.A. Yakobchuk joined the Leningrad branch of the RSFSR Union of Artists in painting. At that time, which was marked by stability and the absence of political turmoil, the artist referred to the image of Leningrad with great love and penetration. The painting "Summer Leningrad (at the Admiralty Embankment)" (1972-1974) had been never exhibited during the artist's life.

In the creative biography of S.A. Yakobchuk, a special place belongs to works created as a result of creative trips to the construction sites of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. From the middle of 1970 to the beginning of 1980, the artist with a great penetration and imaginative beauty extolled the construction of the BAM, and heroic everyday life of Soviet youngsters. In 1979, at the Central Exhibition Hall of the Culture Main Department of the Leningrad City Council Executive Committee, "We are Building the BAM" Republican exhibition was held presenting works of artists of the RSFSR.

By Resolution from July 9, 1979 "On the results of the contest for the best work of art dedicated to the builders of the BAM" of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of Komsomol, the board of the Ministry of Culture of the RSFSR, and the Secretariat of the Board of the RSFSR Union of Artists, Sergey Alekseevich Yakobchuk was awarded the second prize for a series of thematic landscapes including "The BAM Life", "The Construction Team Camp", "Lenin BAM", "Went to the Baikal." S.A.Yakobchuk's works including "Building a new town (Oranges from Morocco)", "Leningradka", "Siberian Mountain Ash" were sent to participate in the youth tour, and were exhibited in Canada, the USA, Germany, India, South Korea and Japan with a great success. On behalf of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet by Order of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet from January 13, 1986, Sergey Yakobchuk was awarded the medal "For the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline."

S.A. Yakobchuk's works are inseparable from the history of their era, and today they delight the audience hitting with the craftsmanship, life power of images, and sincere belief in the creative force of art.

S.A. Yakobchuk's works are now in the collections of  the Scientific Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, the St. Petersburg State Museum of History, the State Russian Museum, the Kursk Art Gallery named after A.A.Deineka, the Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic, the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the collection of the Pskov State Museum Association, as well as in private collections in Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Finland, Italy, the USA, Korea.

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