Born in Petrograd, Russia in 1892. While commanding a ship at Murmansk, Hetrovo's vessel was seized by Bolsheviks. He later decamped to the U.S. An architect, he was also a fine classical singer and painter. By 1937 he had moved to San Francisco where he was active in the local music and art scene. Due to a mental breakdown and suicide attempt, he spent his last months at Agnew (CA) State Hospital; he died there on May 19, 1956. As well as architectural renderings, his work includes non-objective paintings, portraits and landscapes of the San Francisco Bay area. Exh: Portland Museum, 1934; Paul Elder Gallery (SF), 1937; De Young Museum, 1949 (solo); Labaudt Gallery (SF); Monterey Co. Fair (1st prize). In: Oregon Historical Society.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Monterey Peninsula Herald, 11-2-1953; Death record.Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here