Posted By admin on March 26, 2011
These carvings are made by Kronid A. Gogolev ( Гоголев Кронид Александрович ) from Russian Federation, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala.
Kronid Gogolev is a People’s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia and a Honored art and culture person of Russia and Karelia.
Kronid Gogolev was born on July 13, 1926 in the Novgorod province in the family of the former priest.
His father gave him a rare name Kronid which means ‘Zeus’.
When he was sixteen the young man went to the battle-front of Second World War, participated in fights for liberation of Leningrad region, Estonia, Poland, East Prussia.
He was in Germany when the war was over.
He had been wounded, contused, received many battle awards.
In 1953 Kronid Gogolev entered Leningrad Art and Graphic pedagogical school.
In September of 1967 K.Gogolev organized the children’s art school, which has glorified Sortavala and its talented director all over the country.
Kronid Gogolev, possessing a great gift of a teacher taught there for 20 years.
As an original artist developing traditions of the folk art, Kronid Gogolev became famous in 1984 after his two personal exhibitions in Moscow.
“This is a discovery! This is a revival of the lost achievements of Russian school of woodcarving, but at a new level,” – was the experts’ opinion.
Since 1985 Kronid Gogolev became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.
Putin, Yeltsin and Patriarch of All Russia Alexy II have a small collection of works of Kronid Gogolev.
He usually gives them as a gift, when distinguished guests drop in to his museum.
Work of Kronid Gogolev are devoted to the Russian north, the rustic and provincial city life of Russian northern nature and folk.
The information for this post is mostly copy-pasted from www.gov.karelia.ru/ .