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Symeon Shimin

 (1902 - 1984)
Symeon Shimin was active/lived in New York / Russian Federation.  Symeon Shimin is known for genre, figure and portrait easel painting, murals.

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Symeon Shimin was born in Astrakhan, Russia, on the Caspian Sea, in 1902.  His family immigrated to the United States ten years later, living in two small rooms behind their delicatessen in New York City. 

Already interested in drawing for a living, Shimin apprenticed himself to a commercial artist at age 16 to help support his family.  He attended art classes at Cooper Union Art School at night. In 1929, after working as a freelance commercial artist and briefly studying in the studio of artist George Luks, Shimin spent a year and a half in France and Spain.

He returned to New York and in 1938 was awarded a contract to paint a mural in the Department of Justice building in Washington.

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