Mikhail Mikailovich Solov'ev was born in Moscow. In 1930 he graduated from the advanced courses of the A.Kh.R.R. (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia). While he began his professional career as a painter, from 1944 on, he exclusively designed posters. He was made a member of the Union of Soviet Artists in 1933. During the 1930s, Solov'ev worked together on posters and dioramas with the graphic designer Pavel Sokolov-Skalia.
The Dunaev printing plant was located at 9 Bolshaia Polianka in Moscow. Headquartered inside the former Menert Brothers printing plant, during the 1920s, the firm was named in honor of the Bolshevik leader Evlampii Dunaev (1877-1919) who served as assistant chairman of the Soviet of Nizhny Novgorod. Dunaev was also a member of the provisioning committee and he served on the Nizhny Novgorod Council of Local Economy. During the Civil War, he reportedly died from typhus. Before the plant was named in Dunaev’s honor, it was under the management of Geokartprom of the V.T.U. (Military Topographic Directorate of the Headquarters of the Red Army).
Iskusstvo was the Art Publishing House (A.K.A. Visual Arts Publishing) that was created in 1936 from Ogiz-Izogiz (State Art and Literature Publishing House). It disseminated books and journals dealing with graphic design and the fine arts, and it issued numerous posters. Since the Iskusstvo banner was part of the State Printing Works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, its two main offices were located in those two cities.