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Piatkin, Dmitrii Ivanovich

Пяткин, Дмитрий Иванович

Born August 9, 1921, location unknown, USSR; died 1999, location unknown, presumably Russia

Dmitrii Ivanovich Piatkin was a Soviet painter, graphic artist and an Illustrator. The oeuvre of the artist's work includes landscapes, portraits and graphic design. During the 1940s, Dmitrii Piatkin completed four courses at the Moscow State Technical School of Fine Arts in Memory of the 1905 Revolution. He followed up with additional studies at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named for V.I. Surikov. During World War II, Piatkin served in the Red Army and participated in the liberation of China from Japanese occupation. Following the war, he worked in Port Arthur (Lüshun City), Harbin and other Chinese cities. From 1945 t0 1951, Piatkin was the chief artist of Mitrofan Grekov’s art studio. Grekov was the founder of the Soviet “battle genre” and ran a studio specifically for military artists. From the 1950s through the 1960s, Dmitrii Piatkin travelled to Armenia, Georgia, Khakassia, and Romania. From those trips he based a thematic graphic cycle of artwork about each city. The artist also developed cycles dedicated to “Moscow and Muscovites", "My Moscow Region" and the "Moscow Metro". Piatkin collaborated with the publishing houses Iskusstvo (Art), Plakat (Poster), Planeta (Planet), and Pravda (Truth) newspaper. In addition, he illustrated over 50 books for the publishing house "Fiction". Piatkin also worked at the poster production collective of Agitplakat. In addition to political content, the artist designed posters for aviation, sports, and feature films. Dmitrii Ivanovich Piatkin was a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR and a member of the Union of Journalists of the USSR. According to selected published sources, the year of his death is recorded as 1990.

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