Kokorekin, Aleksei Alekseevich
Кокорекин, Алексей Алексеевич
Born Sarykamysh [Sarygamysh], Kadamjay District, Kyrgyzstan 1906; died Moscow, 1959
In 1918 Aleksei Kokorekin attended the Krasnodar School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1929, he graduated from the Kuban' Pedagogical School in Krasnodar. In Krasnodar, he worked both as a poster designer and a decorator for the Krasnodarskii Theater. Upon graduation, he moved to Moscow. There, he began contributing to IZOGIZ Central State Publishing House. In 1933 and 1934, he created book and magazine illustrations, while also producing easel paintings. In 1946, Kokorekin was awarded the USSR State Prize for his posters dedicated to the heroic deeds of the Soviet people during World War II. A decade later, he was awarded the title of Honored Art Worker of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Kokorekin's posters are held by a number of cultural institutions, including the Russian State Library in Moscow.
Sources & Citations
Konstantin Akinsha, "Painting Went out into the Street: The War of Images Along the Eastern Front," Windows on the War: Soviet Tass Posters at Home and Abroad (1941-1945), ed. by Peter Kort Zegers and Douglas Druick (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), 147.
Klaus Vashik and Nina Baburina, Real'nost' utopii: Iskusstvo Russkogo plakat XX veka (Moscow: Progress-Traditsia, 2003), 248, 281, 287, 370.
Victoria E. Bonnell, Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), 221. (Examination of Aleksei Kokorekin's poster Smert' fashiskoi gadine! [Death to the Fascist Reptile!] from 1941)
M. Dmitrieva, "Plakatist Aleksei Kokorekin," Iskusstvo. no. 5 (1970): 21.