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Kalenskii, Vladimir Dionisievich
Каленский, Владимир Дионисиевич
Born 1920 Irkutsk, Siberia (formerly Imperial Russia);

Vladimir Dionisievich Kalenskii was born into a large family. He became known as a muralist and a poster artist in the Soviet Union as well as in international art circles. In 1925, when his father was invited to work at the VSNKh (Supreme Economic Council of the USSR), the family moved to Moscow.

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Vladimir Dionisievich Kalenskii was born into a large family. He became known as a muralist and a poster artist in the Soviet Union as well as in international art circles. In 1925, when his father was invited to work at the VSNKh (Supreme Economic Council of the USSR), the family moved to Moscow. In 1940, Vladimir Kalenskii was called into active naval service and during World War II, he served with the Northern Fleet.  From 1945 to 1950, he attended the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (formerly the Stroganov School) where he studied under the tutelage of Sergei Gerasimov, a noted Soviet artist . Kalenskii's diploma work was a tempera-based painting entitled The Struggle for Peace. From 1952 to 1957, he worked as a lecturer at Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art while serving as a teaching assistant to Gerasimov.

In 1954, Kalenskii was awarded an Honorable Mention at the All-Union Competition for Graphic and Applied Arts. In 1957, the year he became a member of the Artists' Union, he began to professionally exhibit work. From 1957 to 1978, he participated in a number of exhibitions of Soviet art aboard. In 1987, he won a commission to create a stained glass window for the Moscow metro station Tsevtnoi bul'var. In 1989, Kalenskii was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

In 1999, he won a medal from the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow for his mural paintings at the Aleksandr Nevskii Church in the Kurkino district of that city.   On February 23, 2005, the Russian Government bestowed upon him the honorary title "People's Artist of Russia". A month later, the artist was awarded the Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts.

From December 2005 to January 2006, a retrospective of his paintings, drawings and decorative art was held at the Central House of Artists, Moscow. Kalenskii participated in the inauguration of the exhibition dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Russian submarine forces and, 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, Kalenskii was awarded the Service to the Fatherland medal by the Russian Government.

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Irina Sviridova, Sovetskii politicheskii plakat, nekotorye tendentsii razvitiia plakata na sovremennom etape (Moscow: Izobrzitel'noe iskusstvo, 1975), 25, 50, 100.
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