Oleg Manukov. New houses.
Category: Painting /Grafiks/ Photos - 1917-1991 Soviet
Materials: oil on cardboard, wooden frame.
Dimensions: 55 x 46 x 3 cm
Oleg Manjukov's early work. The building
theme. 1950 - times of great and
universal building in USSR. The country
was restored and continued to develop
after destructive war. On a background
Architecture of the Stalin period. In
the foreground a change house, pipes...
Much is actual for modern building
sites. 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.