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Sonia Melnikova

Sonia Melnikova, Russian fine art curator. License art dealer, specializing in Russian 20th century art. Sonia Melnikova Day, City of Pittsburgh created in her honor; remembered at American Immigrant Wall of Honor, Statue of Liberty Foundation.


  • Melnikova, Sonia was born on March 17, 1947 in Moscow. Came to the United States, 1987.

  • Education

    • Master of Arts in architectural design, fine arts, art history, Moscow State Architectural Institute, 1971.


    • Artist, architect, Moscow, 1971-1985. Art curator San Francisco, 1987-1995. Owner, consultant Russian 20th Century Art, since 1995.

      Consultant for American film Prisoner of Time, 1992.

    Major achievements

    • License art dealer, specializing in Russian 20th century art.


    • Curated exhibits for galleries and museums. Contributor articles to professional journals. Translated into English prose by renowned Russian writers.


    Public speaker Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal, San Francisco, 1986-1994. Political actionist National Conference and Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry, Washington, 1986-1988. Political dissident, Moscow, 1979-1986.

    Member American Tranlators Association, North Carolina Translators Association, Bay Area Council For Jewish Resue and Renewal, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Mycological Society of San Francisco.



    Painting, art, crafts, reading, collecting wild mushrooms.


    • Daughter of Mikhail A. Melnikov-Eichenwald and Maya F. Israilevich. 1 step-child, Sam Lavigne.
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    Born March 17, 1947
    (age 70)
    • 1971
      Fine Arts
    • 1971 - 1985
      Moscow, Idaho, United States
    • 1971 - 1985
      Moscow, Idaho, United States
    • 1987 - 1995
      art curator San Francisco