Nicolay Paskevich

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Nicolay Paskevich
File:Nicolay Paskevich.jpg
Native name Mykolas Paškevičius
Born (1907-08-18)August 18, 1907
Riga, Latvia
Died May 19, 2003(2003-05-19) (aged 95)
Anaheim, Orange County, California
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Vitebsk Art School
Academy of Arts, Leningrad
Awards Order of the Red Banner of Labour

Nicolay Paskevich (Russian: Nikolai Aleksandrovich Paskevich, Lithuanian: Mykolas Paškevičius, born: 18 August 1907 in Riga, Latvia, died: 19 May 2003) was a Russian painter working mostly in ink, acrylic, and pastel, exhibiting an interest in action, power, music, and western motifs.[1][2][3] Paskevich was the recipient of the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.[4]


Paskevich was born in Riga, Latvia in 1907.[5] In 1914, his family moved to Vitebsk, Belarus where he received his primary education.[5] In 1922, Paskevich began studying at the Vitebsk Art School under the mentoring of Kazimir Malevich, V. Volkov and T. Ende.[6] Upon graduation Paskevich was accepted by the Academy of Arts in Leningrad where he studied under artists Arkady Rylov and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin. Having finished his studies at the Academy, he returned to Minsk and worked independently as an artist. Here he had his work exhibited in Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery.[5]

When the Germans occupied Minsk at the beginning of World War II, Paskevich managed to escape to Kaunas, Lithuania, where he participated in the artistic life of the city for a few years. In 1940, prior to the German invasion during WW II, Paskevich received the Red Banner Badge as an artist in the socialist realism movement in the USSR and dined at the Kremlin with the Russian premier Joseph Stalin.[4] In 1944, he fled the war again and arrived in Bavaria where he and his family were given shelter by the Americans in a Displaced Persons' Camp. In 1949 Paskevich emigrated to the USA.[5] He settled in New York and started working for the City Services. Later Paskevich moved in the field of commercial art.

In 1994, Paskevich published his autobiography Mykolas Paškevičius.[7]


Notable works

  • Kaminkrėtys, 1945
  • Liberation, 1947
  • Portrait of a Young Woman, 1954
  • Swan Lake, 1965
  • Indian attack, 1975, 1988
  • Be content, 1991

Personal life

Paskevich married Lithuanian artist Galina Alfonsovna Dokalskaya in 1933.[9]


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  7. Paskevicius, Mykolas (1994). Lapkus, Danas (ed.). Mykolas Paškevičius. Galerija. ISBN 9780961775698.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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