Poster Plakat A Collection of Posters from the Soviet Union and its Satellite Nations

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Kozlinskii, Vladimir Ivanovich
Козлинский, Владимир Иванович
Born April 21, 1981, Kronstadt, St. Petersburg, Russian Empire; died July 17, 1967, Moscow Region

Vladimir Ivanovich Kozlinskii was one of Vladimir Mayakovskii’s artistic collaborators and he was the head artist of Petrograd ROSTA Studio (Russian Telegraph Agency). Born in St. Petersburg, Kozlinskii studied at the Drawing School of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts in that city where he enrolled in 1907. In addition to studying art under a number of private instructors, in 1911, enrolled in IAN (Higher Art School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture) in Moscow where he studied engraving. During this period, he became friends with Vladimir Lebedev, an artist who would become an important Soviet-era graphic designer, poster illustrator and painter. In 1910, Kozlinskii exhibited his works at the “Triangle Exhibit” in St. Petersburg. In 1916, he was working in production design creating sets for cabarets in Petrograd. When the October Revolution swept Russia in the post-World War I era, Kozlinskii took an active part in the creation of agitation design on the streets and squares of Petrograd and Moscow. Among his most noted book illustrations in the early part of his career was an album of linocuts titled, "October 1917-1918: Heroes and Victims of the Revolution" with text by Vladimir Mayakovsky. Kozlinskii was appointed as a professor at SVOMAS [Free State Art Studios] in Petrograd. In 1920, he headed the Leningrad branch of the ROSTA Studio (Russian Telegraph Agency) whereupon he worked closely with Vladimir Lebedev. By the 1920s, Kozlinskii was a formidable graphic artist in the Soviet Union and the bulwark of his output concentrated on posters and illustrations. In the '20s, he also participated in two German exhibitions; the “First Russian Art Exhibition” at the Van Diemen Gallery in Berlin and the "Art of the Book in Our Time" in Cologne.

By the 1930s, Kozlinskii moved from poster art to working primarily as a print-maker, book illustrator and set designer. He art is held in major museums in Russia, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, State Russian Museum and the Pushkin Museum.

Sources & Citations
Posters of the Soviet Period September 2011. (auction catalog)