Kazenin Leonid
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   Leonid Kazenin was born in Viatka (Russia) in 1897. In 1912 he began to study under A. Arkhipov, A. Stepanov, K. Korovin and A. Vasnetsov at the Moscow School of Painting, Modelling and Architecture. In 1914 Kazenin was called up for military service and sustained a grave injury in the First World War. By January 1917 he had been discharged from military service, resumed studies, but due to illness had to leave for his native Viatka in December 1917.
   In 1918–1919 Kazenin worked as a drawing teacher, and in the following two years taught at the Viatka regional industrial art school. All the while he continued to paint and draw and contributed his works to local city exhibitions. It was not until 1922 that he was able to resume full-scale studies at the VKhUTEMAS department of fresco and monumental painting. V. Favorsky, N. Chernyshev, P. Kuznetsov, L. Bruni and N. Dokuchaiev, as well as K. Istomin were his teachers. Kazenin graduated in 1930, but even before that he contributed his works to the first exhibition of the Youth Organisation of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (OMAKhRR). In the same year of 1930 he joined the ‘4 Arts’ society and in 1932 the Moscow branch of the Soviet Artists Union. In 1935 Kazenin was involved in executing murals after Favorsky’s designs at the Komsomolskaia Metro station in Moscow. He also took part in doing murals for the Mother and Child Protection Museum Exhibition on Kropotkin Street, the Sretenka Fashion House, the Young Pioneers and Pre-pioneers House, the House of the People’s Commissariat for Forestry, the Moscow Arts Theatre House, the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition, the Kursk railway station and the Central Red Army Theatre, among other things, before the Second World War broke out. In October 1941 Kazenin was evacuated to the Northern Urals, where he worked as a muralist and stage designer in many Ural cities and towns. When the war ended, Kazenin returned to Moscow and engaged in painting restoration at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, teaching and creative undertakings. Kazenin died in 1965. His works are kept in museum and private collections. .