Rudakov Mikhail
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   Mikhail Rudakov was born in the Poltava Gubernia (Russia) in1914. In 1933 – 1935 he studied at the Kharkov Industrial Art Institute, where he came under the influence of Ukrainian Constructivism. He did not finish his studies because the Second World War broke out. In September 1941 Rudakov was badly wounded and taken prisoner, as a result of which he was arrested in 1943, convicted and sent to Stalin’s labour camps. In 1949 he was released and banished to the Arkhangelsk Region, where he lived in the towns of Solvychegodsk and Kotlas. He moved to Moscow in 1953, and was exonerated in 1956. Rudakov joined the Moscow Artists Union and was subsequently elected to its board and chairman of the art council. From the mid-1950s Rudakov did many illustrations. Quite a few of his illustration cycles, including artistic interpretations of Apuleius, Villon, Hemingway and also of prose by Gogol, Tolstoy and other Russian writers, have remained unpublished. His Crimean landscapes and a series of Spain-related canvases stand out among his easel works. Rudakov died in 1985. His works are kept today in museum and numerous private collections inside and outside Russia.