Vladimir Dionisievich Kalenskii was born into a large family. He became known as a muralist and a poster artist in the Soviet Union as well as in international art circles. In 1925, when his father was invited to work at the VSNKh (Supreme Economic Council of the USSR), the family moved to Moscow. In 1940, Vladimir Kalenskii was called into active naval service and during World War II, he served with the Northern Fleet. From 1945 to 1950, he attended the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (formerly the Stroganov School) where he studied under the tutelage of Sergei Gerasimov, a noted Soviet artist . Kalenskii's diploma work was a tempera-based painting entitled The Struggle for Peace. From 1952 to 1957, he worked as a lecturer at Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art while serving as a teaching assistant to Gerasimov.
The 1st Offset Printing Plant was under the management of the UPP of Lensovnarkoz during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The significance of "UPP of Lensovnarkoz" meant the plant’s operations were under the Printing Industry Management (UPP) of the Leningrad Economic Regional Council. The Offset Printing Plant had its roots in Imperial Russia. It was a large printing house founded in 1881 by Theodore Kibbel (Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel) located at Kronverkskaia and Mir Streets in St. Petersburg, (A.K.A. Petrograd). In 1917, the Council of People’s Commissars of Labor nationalized the printing house. In 1918, the Soviet government named the printing house "1st State Lithography" and thereafter, it underwent a variety of name changes.
Izogiz was the fine arts section of Ogiz publishing. In 1963, Izogiz was re-named Sovetskii khudozhnik, "Soviet Artist".