Manukov Oleg. Black Obvodviy kanal.
Category: Painting /Grafiks/ Photos - 1917-1991 Soviet
Materials: oil on cardboard
Dimensions: 55 x 74 x 3 cm
Manjukov Oleg (1934-1981) was one of the
first ideologist of «non-conformism» art
movement in Leningrad (now Saint-
Petersburg). Non-conformism- group of
artists in USSR in 1970-1980-s keen
expressing disagreement with given rules
and style (social realism) by means of
painting and other arts). Manjukov was
a curator of the first exhibitions of
the unofficial art in Leningrad already
in 1960-s. It was the time when Soviet
ministry of culture could close an
exhibition, destroy artwork and even put
the artist to prison just if art doesn’t
reflect soviet ideology.
Studied at Demidov art school №2 (studio
of Antipova and Teterin); University
named after Herzen (studios of Kabachek,
Serov Vladimir, Pavlov).
Manjukov is acknowledged as the master
of experimental texture painting which
he made using unexpected materials. He
invented thick base for canvas, he could
make an effect of glass to the surface
of painting, he fixed things like
threads, bird flags, pieces of moss on
the picture. These chemical experiments
strongly damaged his health and were the
main reason of early decease.
Artist made several artwork series.
Urban landscapes dedicated to Leningrad
(Saint-Petersburg) – very particular
view to the city. Series of paintings
dedicated to the landscapes of
Carpathian Mountains, Zakarpatskaja part
of Ukrain. Series of paintings and
graphics made under the influence of
literary works wrote by Dostoevsky and
Pushkin. Most of them are in museums
collections (All-Russia museum of
A.S.Pushkin (SPb), Fedor Dostoevsky
memorial museum (SPb). Manjukov made
the series of abstract compositions-
paintings and collages. All are very
emotional and picturesque.
Exhibitions of Manjukov artworks took
place mostly after his decease, in
1990-s in France, Austria and Germany.
In 2005 big exhibition took place in
All-Russia museum of A.S.Pushkin, in
Friends and followers of Oleg Manjukov
say if not the early decease, Manjukov
became great artist of the time. He was
an innovator of style and technique.