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Kokorekin, Aleksei Alekseevich

Кокорекин, Алексей Алексеевич

Born March 17, 1906, Sarikamish (Sarıkamış), Russian Empire; died 1959, Moscow, USSR

Aleksei Alekseevich Kokorekin was born in a part of Russian Empire that was on the border of the Ottoman Empire. He began is studies in the cites of Krasnodar and Poltava. In 1918, Kokorekin attended the Krasnodar School of Painting and Sculpture where he graduated in 1927. From 1927 to 1929, Kokorekin attended the Kuban' Art and Pedagogical School in Krasnodar. While living in Krasnodar, he worked both as a poster designer and a decorator for the town theater. Shortly after his graduation, he moved to Moscow and began contributing designs to Izogiz State Publishing House. In 1933-'34, he created book and magazine illustrations while producing easel paintings for exhibition. Kokorekin was a member of the Society of Revolutionary Poster Workers (ORRP).

Aleksei Kokorekin took part in the exhibition The Poster in the Service of the Five-Year Plan (1932, Moscow) and two years later, he received the second prize at the art exhibit, Ten Years Without Lenin (1934, Leningrad). The artist had his first solo exhibition in 1936. In 1946, he was awarded the USSR State Prize for a series of posters he created on the heroic deeds of the Soviets during World War II. A decade later, he was bestowed the title Honored Art Worker of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

Sources & Citations

Zegers, P., et al. (2011). Windows on the war: Soviet TASS posters at home and abroad, 1941-1945. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago. (p. 147)
Vashik, K., & Baburina, N. (2003). Real'nost' utopii: Iskusstvo Russkogo plakat XX veka. Moscow: Progress-Traditsia. (pp. 248, 281, 287, 370)
Bonnell, V. E. (1999). Iconography of power: Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin. Berkeley: University of California Press. (p. 221, Kokorekin's poster Smert' fashiskoi gadine! [Death to the Fascist Reptile!] from 1941)
Baburina, N. I. (1988). The Soviet Political Poster, 1917-1980. New York: Penguin. (bio, artist)