Arkadiy Alexandrovich Plastov was a Soviet painter, academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947), people’s Artist of the USSR (1962), the winner of the Lenin Prize (1966) and the Stalin Prize of the first degree (1946).
Arkadiy Plastov was born on January 19 (31), 1893 in the village of Prislonikha (now Karsunsky district, Ulyanovsk region) into the family of icon painters.
Three years after studying in a rural school, Plastov entered the Simbirsk Divinity School. After school he studied at the Simbirsk Theological Seminary, and then decided to get an art education and went to Moscow. For some time he worked in the studio of I.I. Mashkov, and then entered the Imperial Stroganov Central Art and Industrial School, where one of his teachers was F.F. Fedorovsky.