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Fine art curator

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.


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.


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


  • Other Work

    • 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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, art, crafts, reading, collecting wild mushrooms.


Daughter of Mikhail A. Melnikov-Eichenwald and Maya F. Israilevich. 1 step-child, Sam Lavigne.

Mikhail A. Melnikov-Eichenwald

Maya F. Israilevich