Petr Tarasovich Mal'tsev was born in what is today Mariupol, Ukraine. From 1921 to 1924, he studied at the Alexandrovskaia Professional Art School. In 1924, Mal'tsev continued artistic training in Moscow at VKhUTEMAS [Higher Art and Technical Studios] in the department of monumental art and graduated from there in 1930. He began to exhibit works professionally in 1928, the same year he contributed to the decoration of the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN Club in Moscow. While he produced such iconic propaganda posters during World War II, Krasnoarmeets, bud’ dostoin bogatyrskoi slavy tvoego naroda! [Red Army man, be worthy of the heroic glory of your people!] (1943), he was noted moreover for his dioramas. He was one of the participating artists involved in the restoration of the Franz Rubo panorama mural Borodinskaia bitva [Battle of Borodino], today a featured highlight of the Moscow Borodino Battle Museum. In 1949, Mal’tsev joined the studio of the Grekov military artists. In 1974, he was awarded the title, People’s Artist of the USSR.
Iskusstvo means "Art"
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.