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Boris Chetkov

Boris Aleksandrovich Chetkov was born in 1926 in the city of Novaya Lyalya in the Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. In 1959, he graduated from Sverdlovsk Secondary Art School after having studied in the studio of the highly acclaimed artist Vladimir Shmelyov. In 1966, Chetkov graduated from the famous art school named after Mukhina and began his professional career as a senior artist at the Malaya Vishera Glass Plant. Boris immersed himself... Show More

Boris Aleksandrovich Chetkov was born in 1926 in the city of Novaya Lyalya in the Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. In 1959, he graduated from Sverdlovsk Secondary Art School after having studied in the studio of the highly acclaimed artist Vladimir Shmelyov.

In 1966, Chetkov graduated from the famous art school named after Mukhina and began his professional career as a senior artist at the Malaya Vishera Glass Plant. Boris immersed himself into art with an ardent desire to deepen his understanding of the existing techniques of art to use as a foundation for creating new techniques.

At the beginning of the 1970’s Boris Chetkov belonged to the avant-guard trend in painting, simultaneously working with different art materials such as wood, stone, metal, ceramics, porcelain and glass. His work was both experimental and “cutting edge”. Even though it was the soviet period, his work was considered so extraordinary that he became a member of the Leningrad branch of the Russian Federation Union of Artists.

Chetkov actively participated in a variety of Russian, as well as international exhibitions. The uniqueness of his talent was best presented at his personal exhibitions of 1973, the prestigious Hermitage Museum in 1979, 1980, 1989, the Manege Museum, St. Petersburg in 1991, and Finland in 1991. His works have received high appraisals at the World Exhibitions in Osaka and Sapporo, Japan in 1974-1975; at shows in France in 1978 and 1995; Austria and Germany in 1978 and the United States in 1978 and 1992. He also showed his paintings in Australia in 1989 and Venice, Italy in 1994.

Boris Chetkov’s works have been acquired by the Russian State Museum of St. Petersburg, by many art museums and galleries throughout Russia, and by various galleries outside of Russia including the United States. His paintings and works remain in private collections in Russia, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Finland, Australia and the United States

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1970 Avant-garde Paintings, Kirov’s Palace, Leningrad
1971 Art of the Avant-garde, Palace of the Youth, Leningrad
1973 Boris Chetkov, Coffeehouse, Summer Garden, The Hermitage, Leningrad
1974 World Exhibition, Center of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan
1975 World Exhibition, Sapporo, Japan
1978 5th International Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Painters,
Vienna, Austria, Munich, Germany and Paris, France
1979 Paintings, Graphics, Glass, House of Scientists, the Hermitage, Leningrad
1980 Boris Chetkov, Blue Reception Room of the Artists’ Union, Leningrad
1983 Avant-garde Paintings, Kirov’s Palace, Leningrad
1985 Annual Exhibition, Manege, Leningrad
1989 Two Generations, Museum of Modern Art, Perth, Australia
1989 Paintings, Graphics, Glass, Five Angles, Leningrad
1991 Boris Chetkov, Museum of Finnish Glass, Saareyami, Finland
1991 Invitational Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Saarijärven, Finland
1991 Annual Exhibition, Manege, St Petersburg
1991 Kustarnei on Liteini, Borei Gallery, St Petersburg
1993 Boris Chetkov, Center for Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France
1993 Boris Chetkov, Forum, St Petersburg
1993 Exhibition dedicated to 90th Anniversary of the Artist B. Smirnov,
Manege, St Petersburg
1993 Art of The New Epic, National Library, Berlin, Germany
1994 International Glass Artists Exhibition
Alborelli Gallery, Venice, Italy
1994 125th Anniversary International Exhibition,
Kunstlerhaus am Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
1994 Annual Exhibition, Manege, St Petersburg
1995 The Spiritual Heritage, Museum Schlob Ehrenburg, Coburg, Bavaria
1995 Artist’s Vocation, Château de Rochegude Drôme, France
1995 Broman 200th Anniversary Exhibition,
Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
1996 Annual Exhibition, Kassel Reserve, Kassel, Germany
1997 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Institut d’Études Supérieures des Arts, Paris, France
1997 The Legendary Heritage, Musaus Anniversary Exhibition, Ehrenburg, Germany
1998 War and Peace, Schopenhauer Archive, Frankfurt, Germany
1998 Symbolism in the Real World, Museum Villa Schtuck, Munich, Germany
1999 Fantasy and Reality, Schonbusch Castle, Ashaffenburg, Germany
2000 Avant-garde Artists, Obvodny Gallery, St Petersburg
2001 Forum Gallery St. Petersburg
2002 The Union of Artists 70th Anniversary Exhibition, Manege, St. Petersburg
2003 Artists of the City Annual Exhibition, Manege, St Petersburg
2005 Solo Exhibition, Kwang Hwa Cultural Center, Hong Kong
2009 – National Congress Palace at Konstantinovsky
2010 (Presidential Residence). The last exhibition in Chetkov’s
lifetime and the ?rst solo exhibit presented at the Palace
2012 Boris Chetkov , Solo exhibition, Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City
2013 Re-Imagining Russia: Boris Chetkov Landscape & Genre Paintings, Retrospective exhibition, Russian Art Week, London

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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A. Borovsky, Boris Chetkov. Portraitist. (Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Pushkin Group, 2008)
A. Borovsky. Silent Screams from the Russian Underground (New York: Council for the Creative Projects, 1995)
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T. Yurova, Levitan (Leningrad: Aurora, 1988)

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