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Karpenko, Mikhail Mikhailovich (Karpenko, Mihails)
Карпенко, Михаил Михайлович
Born 1915 in Roslavl', Smolensk Province, Russian Empire; died 1991, location unknown

Mikhail Mikhailovich Karpenko lived most of his life in Riga, Latvia and he never received any specialized artistic training during his career. While he is best known for his illustrations in children's books, he also designed political posters. Karpenko performed design work for the Latvian State Publishing House and also for the publishing houses of Khudozhestvennaia literatura, Detskaia literature and Malysh Belarus.

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Mikhail Mikhailovich Karpenko lived most of his life in Riga, Latvia and he never received any specialized artistic training during his career. While he is best known for his illustrations in children's books, he also designed political posters.

Karpenko performed design work for the Latvian State Publishing House and also for the publishing houses of Khudozhestvennaia literatura, Detskaia literature and Malysh Belarus.   During World War II, Mikhail Karpenko was called into military service. After being wounded in battle, he returned to his art and designed political posters in Tajikistan. In 1945, he was sent to Riga to organize the poster production of the Latvian Telegraph Agency (LTA Windows) Studio. He eventually became its artistic director.

After the war, he designed a number of political posters including, Glory to our brave Red Army (1945); Long Live the Great October Revolution! (1950) and October, 1917 (1969).  In 1967 and in 1968, Karpenko earned the second prize for illustrations in the books K novomu beregu [Toward a New Shore] and Syn rybaka [Son of a Fisherman] both by V.T. Latsis. He continued to create award-winning illustrations into the 1980s. Karpenko has exhibited works in China (1958) and he was honored with solo exhibitions in Riga in 1966, 1969, 1975 and in 1986. Karpenko was a long-time member of the Union of Artists of the Latvian SSR.

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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.
maslovka.org (for information on exhibition dates).
Iskusstvo, No. 9 (1963): 80. An art journal.
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