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 Evgeny Roukhin  (1943 - 1976)

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Lived/Active: Russian Federation      Known for: assemblage, collage, non-conformist art

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DA NYET, 1975
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Biography from a third party submitted on 08/02/2010:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Yevgeny Rukhin, a prolific Nonconformist artist, showed the willingness and strength to defend his artistic expression during his short career.  A Leningrad artist, Rukhin produced work that abruptly challenged Social Realism while staging controversial events such as the Bulldozer Exhibition (1974) with fellow artist and friend, Oscar Rabine.  Less than two years after this underground exhibition was violently broken up by police, Rukhin died in his sleep, surrounded by toxic painting supplies in his studio, in a fire allegedly ignited by the KGB in efforts to force him into conformity.

In 1966, when Rukhin was just twenty three, his work was received by the Betty Parson’s Gallery in New York, alongside artists such as Pollock, Newman, Rothko and Rauschenberg.   Although Rukhin’s abstractions and morose grey-brown palette placed him in accord with the American artists, Rukhin can never be considered anything other than Russian.  As his assemblages emerged in 1968, Rukhin overlaid elements of Russian antiquity such as icons, furniture and even manholes, into thickly coated surfaces that speak his heritage. Despite his cultural profundity, the artist’s legacy has yet to infiltrate Russia but remains abroad, in collections such as that of Norton Dodge.


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