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graphic artist

Arkady Kolchanov was a well-known graph, especially in the woodcut technique. The main subject of creativity is the nature of the Vyatka land. He is also known for works, made with watercolor, pencil, gouache.


Arkady Kolchanov was born on October 6, 1925 in the village of Dolgoy (currently in the Shabalinsky district of the Kirov region), in the family of a peasant. His father and his grandfather were smiths.


Still in school in 1942, Arkady was drafted into the army. He was demobilized in 1950, passed exams for secondary school externally. In 1953 Arkady entered Gorky Art School as third-year student, but soon left it and entered the graphic faculty of the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. Among his teachers there - V. Zhitenev, A. Goncharov, A. Zhurov, students of V. Favorsky. In 1961 he finished his studies, moved to Kirov.


Arkady Kolchanov was a participant of more than 150 exhibitions of all levels and 4 symposiums of international creative groups of artists. He was also busy with the design of books by S. Yesenin, A. Tvardovsky, A. Blok, 16 volumes of the "Book of Memory", 10 volumes of the Encyclopedia of the Vyatka land. Kolchanov's works were published in the newspapers Pravda, Soviet Russia, Soviet Culture, Labor, Socialist Industry, Kirovskaya Pravda, in the journals Soviet Union, Smena, Volga, The Young Artist. The works are presented in more than 100 art museums, public and private collections and galleries in Russia, the United States, Great Britain, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Ethiopia.


In 1964-1966, 1976-1978 and 1983-1985 Arkady Kolchanov headed the Kirov organization of the Union of Artists of the RSFSR, in 1977-1981 he was a member of the Central Audit Commission of the Union of Artists of the USSR, in 1978 Arkady was elected as a member of the Board of the Union of Artists of the USSR.

  • Union of Artists of the USSR


  • Academy of Art of the USSR



Kolchanova Tamara

Kolchanova Olga

Kolchanova Raisa