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Mikhail Roginsky
(1931 — 2004)

Mikhail Roginsky was a Russian painter. Born in Moscow in 1931, Roginsky began his artistic training at the Moscow Municipal Art School and later the Moscow Regional Art School where he graduated in 1951. In 1954, following his service in the army, the artist travelled extensively throughout his native country, working as a set designer in several theatres in provincial Russia before returning to Moscow in 1960. Upon his return to the city, Roginsky began to focus on painting in earnest. Initially the artist concentrated on capturing the architecture and industrial scenes of his home city in order to express the reality of the time in which he was living. The work Roginsky produced during the early stages of his career resembled Soviet posters, albeit posters which represented more truthful elements of Soviet and Russian life, marking the beginnings of Roginsky’s long relationship with Soviet Nonconformist Art. In the mid-1960s the artist began to focus on his domestic surroundings, depicting everyday objects in close detail. These works, with their bright colours and distinctive focus on ordinary aspects of domestic life, are widely considered to be among the first produced in the Soviet Pop Art (or Sots Art) movement.


Roginsky constantly strove to improve his work. In the late 1960s to late 1970s the artist moved away from his detailed studies of the everyday in order to focus on rediscovering and redeveloping the Russian canon of painting. During this time he produced several still life studies based on the classical traditions of the Old Masters and of great Russian artists. In 1978, the artist relocated to Paris, France. It was here that he continued his earlier success with modernist and minimalist paintings, returning in the 1980s to his popular Pop Art style of painting. He rediscovered his previous love of ordinary domestic objects whilst exploring Pop Art further, experimenting with text and speech bubbles in line with the popular American movement. Alongside Roginsky’s successful and incredibly varied professional career, the artist enjoyed a long career as an educator. He taught at the Moscow Municipal Art School between the years 1963 to 1969 before accepting a position at the N. K. Krupskaya People’s Distance Learning University of the Arts where he worked until 1976. Roginsky continued to paint late in to his life. The artist died in 2004.