Evsey Moiseenko
Evsey Moiseenko
/1916-1988/

Evsey Moiseenko, a renowned painter, was born on August 15, 1916, in Uvarovichi, Gomel region, in a peasant family. He received his initial art education at the Uvarovichi seven-year school under the guidance of his drawing teacher, Vladimir Larionov. Moiseenko then studied at the Moscow Art and Industrial College from 1931 to 1935, specializing in metal and papier-mâché. His graduation work, the painting "Chapaev," showcased his talent for easel art.

With the support of the acclaimed painter Vasily Yakovlev, Moiseenko was admitted to the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in 1935. During his studies, he was mentored by prominent Soviet artists Isaac Brodsky and Alexander Osmerkin, who greatly influenced his artistic development. Interrupted by the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, Moiseenko volunteered for the front in 1941 and fought in the 3rd Guards Cavalry Corps, ultimately meeting victory and surviving his capture in Germany's Altengrab concentration camp.

After the war, Moiseenko returned to complete his studies and graduated in 1947, presenting his diploma painting "General Dovator." He became a member of the Union of Soviet Artists and later joined the teaching faculty at the Leningrad State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. Over nearly three decades, he led the battle workshop, mentoring multiple generations of artists. Moiseenko gained widespread recognition for his subject paintings centered around the themes of the Civil and Great Patriotic Wars. His works, such as "The First Horse" (1957) and "The Reds Came" (1961), captured the energy and emotion of historical events.

Throughout his career, Moiseenko's paintings were exhibited in numerous prestigious exhibitions and received various accolades, including the Lenin Prize and the USSR State Prize. He was honored with titles such as Honored Worker of the RSFSR, People's Artist of the RSFSR, and People's Artist of the USSR. In his later years, the artist explored subjects like the works of Alexander Pushkin and religious themes from the New Testament.

Moiseenko's artistic peak occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1982, a comprehensive solo exhibition featuring over 700 of his paintings and graphic works was held at the State Russian Museum in Leningrad. Evsey Moiseenko passed away on November 29, 1988, and was laid to rest in St. Petersburg's Volkovsky Cemetery.

Today, his artworks can be found in collections worldwide, including the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, and the State Russian Museum. Notably, the E.E. Moiseenko Art Gallery in Buda-Koshelevo, Gomel region, houses one of his etudes, and the corporate collection of OJSC "Belgazprombank" features his painting "Daffodils" (1970-1980).

The artist's portrait was reconstructed using Artificial Intelligence (AI).