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Kalenskii, Vladimir Dionisievich
Каленский Владимир Дионисиевич
Born Irkutsk, 1920

Vladimir Kalenskii was born into a large family. His father was a military engineer. Kalenskii became known as a muralist and a poster artist. In 1925, when his father was invited to work at theVSNKh (Supreme Economic Council of the USSR), the Kalenskii family moved to Moscow. In 1940, he was called into active naval service and during WWII he served with the Northern Fleet.  From 1945 to 1950, he attended the The Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (formerly the Stroganov School).  It was there where he studied under the tutelage of Sergei Gerasimov, V.E. Yegorov, Pavel Kuznetsov, S. Frolov, and V. Bordichenko. Kalenskii's diploma work was a tempera-based painting entitled The Struggle for Peace. From 1952 to 1957, he worked as a lecturer at The Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art, while also serving as a teaching assistant to Gerasimov. In 1954, he was awarded an Honorable Mention at the All-Union Competition for Graphic and Applied Arts. In 1957, the same year he became a member of the Artists' Union, he began to professionally exhibit his works. From 1957 to 1978, he participated in a number of exhibitions of Soviet art, including exhibitions in China, North Korea, Cuba, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, and England. In 1987, he won a commission to create a stained glass window for the Moscow metro station Tsevtnoi bul'var. In 1989, he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic. In 1999, he won a medal from the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow for the mural paintings at the Aleksandr Nevskii Church in Kurkino district, Moscow.  On February 23, 2005, the Russian Government issued a decree to award him the honorary title of "People's Artist of Russia". A month later, the artist was awarded the Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts. In December 2005 and in January 2006, a retrospective of his paintings, drawings, and decorative art works were held at the Central House of Artists. Kalenskii participated in the inauguration of the exhibition dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Russian submarine forces. For the celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Burdenko Military Hospital in Moscow, he contributed ideas for the creation of an art gallery inside the hospital. In 2007, he was awarded the Service to the Fatherland medal by the Russian Government. His works are in galleries and private collections in Russia and around the world.


Sources & Citations

N. Ya. Malakhov, Otechestvennoe iskusstvo na vystavkakh za rubezhom (Moscow: Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo, 1980), 227.
Irina Sviridova, Sovetskii politicheskii plakat, nekotorye tendentsii razvitiia plakata na sovremennom etape (Moscow: Izobrzitel'noe iskusstvo, 1975), 25, 50, 100.
Nina Baburina, Politicheskii plakat khudozhnikov Rossiiskiu Federetsii (Leningrad: Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1975), 28.
Bibligraphicheskii slovar': Khudozhniki Narodov SSSR, vol. 4 (Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1970), 73.
Galina Demosfenova, Ariadna Nurok, Nina Shantyko, Sovetskii politicheskii plakat (Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1962), 187.