Kulikova Zoia
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   Zoia Kulikova was born in Moscow in 1905. She studied under A. Osmerkin, N. Grigoriev, N. Ulianov and I. Nivinsky at VKhUTEMAS-VKhUTEIN in the 1920s. Upon graduation Kulikova collaborated with Moscow publishers. In 1925 she took up etching at I. Nivinsky’s school studio and participated in the production of theme books of etchings, including Socialist Moscow. In 1928 she began to contribute her works to art exhibitions in Russia (‘Ten Years of Soviet Graphic Works’ was the first exhibition she attended) and abroad (Mexico, Chicago and Brussels). She was a member of the Repin Book Designers Society and the ‘4 Arts’ society. In 1933 Kulikova worked for Moscow theatres, including the Maly Theatre, the Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT) and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre. The Paris International Exhibition of 1937 brought her a Gold Medal. Harassed by the authorities, Kulikova moved to Samarkand (Uzbekistan) in 1938 and joined the Samarkand regional branch of the local Artists Union. She was an active graphic artist who exhibited her works and engaged in teaching. In 1944 she was decorated with a medal ‘For Meritorious Labour’ for her active part in exhibitions during the war. In the 1950s Zoia Kulikova came back to Moscow and continued working as a graphic artist, until she died in 1974. Her works are kept in museum and private collections.