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Ernst Iosifovich Neizvestny (Russian: Эрнст Ио́сифович Неизве́стный; 9 April 1925 – 9 August 2016) was a Russian sculptor, painter, graphic artist, and art philosopher. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1976 and lived and worked in New York City. His last name in Russian literally means "unknown". American playwright Arthur Miller once described Neizvestny as an "artist of the East" who is regarded by Russians as an "expression of the country, of its soul, language, and spirit" and as a "prophet of the future" who represents the "philosophical conscience of his country."Alexander Calder, the American artist, once said to Neizvestny, "All my life I create the world of children, and you create the world of man." [as reported by New York City Tribune, 29 March 1988.]
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He fought in World War II, becoming a decorated soldier, and went on to study art in Moscow and Riga. At a 1962 exhibition Nikita Khruschev criticized Neizvestny’s sculptures, accusing the artist of wasting metal needed for national industry. Despite this, Neizvestny later designed Kruschev's tombstone. The artist left the Soviet Union in 1976, eventually settling in the United States.
Russian, American, Swiss
Artist, Art Theorist, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor
Ernst Neizvestny, Ėrnst Neizvestnyĭ, Ėrnest Neizvestnyĭ, Ernest Neizvestny, Ernest Neizvestnyj, Ernst Iosipovich Neizvestny, Ernst Neisvestny, Ernst Neizvestni, Ernst Neizwestnyj
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