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Chupiatov, Leonid Terent'evich

Чупятов, Леонид Терентьевич

Born 1890, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire; died 1941/42 Leningrad, USSR

Leonid Chupiatov attended a drawing school affiliated with OPKh (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts) in Saint Petersburg from 1909 to 1910. After taking lessons in private studios, he attended SVOMAS (Free State Art Studios) and was under the tutelage of Kuz'ma Petrov-Vodkin, from 1918 to 1919.  Vodkin played an important role in Chupiatov's artistic development.

From 1921 to 1925, Chupiatov worked at the research department of VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios) and was a member of various artistic collectives such as: Mir Iskusstva [World of Art] (1916-1918), Zhar-tsvet [Fiery Palette] (1924), Obshchina khudozhnikov [Artist Community] (1925-29), and Obiedinenie sovremennykh khudozhnikov Ukrainy [Union of Contemporary Artists of Ukraine] (1928). From 1919 to 1933, Chupitov taught at pedagogical institutions in Novgorod, Kiev, and in Leningrad and, from 1933 to 1941, he worked as a theater artist and consultant at the Bolshoi Theater in Leningrad. Chupiatov designed sets for noted composers such as Peter Tchaikovskii and Vladimir Deshevov and worked with the famed director Konstantin Stanislavskii.

Leonid Chupiatov died during World War II as a result of the German-led blockade of Leningrad. Academic sources indicate his death occurred between 1941 to 1942.

Sources & Citations

Lopukhov, F., et al. (2003). Writings on ballet and music. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. (Chupiatov and Deshevov)
Benedetti, J. (1988). Stanislavski. New York: Routledge. (Chupiatov and Stanislavskii)
Gallereia Art Kommintern (bio on Chupiatov)
sothebys.com (bio on Chupiatov)