Tatyana Uskova was born in 1930 in Moscow. Her father, Boris Uskov, a scientist, the director of the Kremlin embalming laboratory and a skillful artist, was very supportive of his daughter's talent. Tatyana began her formal art education at age 13 at the Moscow Surikov School of Art, established for gifted children by the Moscow State Surikov Institute. She was accepted to the Surikov, becoming the only female student ever to be admitted into the class of Prof. V. Efanov*. She studied under other noted artists D. Zhilinski, I. Grabar, Gerasimov and Hristenko and was regarded a promising young artist. At the Surikov, many artists (today well-known internationally), were among Uskova's colleagues and friends: artists Erik
Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, Aleksei and Sergei Tkachev, Oleg Savostiuk, Efrem Zver'kov, Tair Salakhov, Aleksei Shmarinov, Oleg Vasiliev, the Rodionovs, Ivan Bruni, May Miturich, Andrei Vasnetzov, Andrei Goncharov, art critic Maria Chegodaeva, art historian Prof. A. Chegodaev; artists E. Kibrick, A. Deineka, Lev Zbarsky. After 5 years of studies, Uskova's diploma project "After the Search", a grandiose canvas, was selected to commemorate the All-Union Exhibition on Komsomol Anniversary. Later the canvas was exhibited at the Young Artists All-State Exhibition in Vladimir. In the 60's Uskova's career as a muralist took hold when she joined the Painters Kombinat of the Artist Union. Through the Kombinat, Uskova
was commissioned large public projects in different cities of the country: Samarkand, Kirov, Tver', Vologda. These commissions called for a portraitist, able to capture the likenesses of the distinguished "heroes of labor", collective-farm super-achievers, regional officials, pilots, ethnic characters. The job required trips to the site, where Uskova sketched from life and produced multiple studies in oils with evident mastery and confidence, portraits remarkable in their vivid characteristics of the people depicted. This rich body of Uskova's work, valuable artistically and interesting historically - they are unique documents of the Soviet period. Four of Uskova's paintings were featured on postal stamps for circulation inside the USSR.
Together with her husband, artist V. Losin, she would paint "for the soul" during their trips to the suburban Artist Union's dachas known as "Houses of Creativity" (one of the annual privileges the Artist Union granted its members) - luminous pleine-air impasto landscapes of Gurzuf and Palanga, genre scenes, figure and still-life studies. Thanks to Uskova we can share in those moments through her canvases. A member of the International Art Fund, T. Uskova currently resides in Moscow. Uskova's paintings are in public spaces in various Russian cities, as well as in private collections in Russia, Japan and United States. For purchase information please call 619 630 9278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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