Karpenko, Mikhail Mikhailovich (Karpenko, Mihails)
Карпенко, Михаил Михайлович
Born Roslavl', Smolenskaya Province, Russian Empire, 1915; died 1991, location unknown
Mikhail Karpenko lived most of his life in Riga, Latvia. While he is best known for his illustrations in children's books produced by the publishing house of Latgosizdat [Latvian State Publishing House] and for his design work at the publishing houses of Khudozhestvennaia literatura, Detskaia literature and Malysh Belarus, Kaprenko never received any specialized artistic training during his career. Starting in the 1950s, he produced a number of political posters including, Long Live the Great October Revolution! (1950) and October, 1917 (1969). In 1967 and again in 1968, Karpenko earned the second prize for illustrations in the books K novomu beregu [Toward a New Shore] and in Syn rybaka [Son of a Fisherman] by V.T. Latsis. He continued to create award-winning illustrations well into the 1980s. He has exhibited works in China (1958) and has been honored with solo exhibitions which took place in Riga in 1966, 1969, 1975, and 1986.
Sources & Citations
Bibligraphicheskii slovar': Khudozhniki Narodov SSSR, vol. 4 (Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1970), 262-263.
Izobrazitel'noe iskusstvo Latviiskoi SSR (Moscow: Soevtskii khudozhnik, 1957), 33. An art catalog.
V.V. Mayakosvky v portretakh, illustratsiyakh, dokumentakh (Moskva: 1956), 138. An art catalog.
Osenniaya vystavka khudozhnikov Sovetskoi Latvii (Riga: 1954), 17, 18.
www.maslovka.org (for information on exhibition dates).
Iskusstvo, No. 9 (1963): 80. An art journal.