Aleksandr Deyneka was a Soviet painter, monumentalist and graphic artist, teacher, professor. He was an academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1947), People’s Artist of the USSR (1963), Hero of Socialist Labor (1969), the winner of the Lenin Prize (1964), member of the CPSU since 1960.
Alexander Alexandrovich Deyneka was born on May 8, 1899 in Kursk into the family of a railway worker. He received his primary education at the Kharkov Art College (1915-1917). The artist’s youth, like many of his contemporaries, was associated with revolutionary events.
In 1918 he worked as a photographer, headed the art section, decorated agitation trains, theatrical performances, participated in the defense of Kursk.