( 25.02.1948 - 19.07.2010)
Soviet artist Mikhail Abakumov was a deep patriot of his country, his “small homeland” – Kolomna, delicately felt the history of the region, sang its beauty and uniqueness.
The master defines his “creative credo” as follows: “Painting is a way of life. It gives strength to live and stay in a good mood. Painting comes from the word “alive” (in Russian). My credo in painting: to sing the world of God in its beauty, in its harmony, and in its light. If I can get the light of God, then it will be a great happiness … The main thing in life is not to get depressed. Optimism will save us.”
Born in 1948 in Kolomna, Abakumov studied at the Moscow Art and Industrial School named after Kalinin. Then, in 1977, he graduated from the art faculty of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography, the studio of professors I.A. Shpinel and G.A. Myasnikov.
In 1983 he worked in the creative workshops of the Academy of Arts of the USSR under the leadership of famous Soviet artists academicians AP. And S.P. Tkachev and A.M. Gritsai.
Member of the Union of Artists of Russia since 1980. In 1985 and 1987 he received diplomas of the Academy of Arts of the USSR.
Abakumov – Honored Artist of Russia (1993) and People’s Artist of Russia (2001). Among his most notable awards are the Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts (1995), the Patriarchal Certificate (1999), and in 2005 – the Russian Orthodox Church Medal of St. Sergius of Radonezh and the Republican Prize named after Balynitsky – Birulya (2002).
In addition, in 2003, Mikhail Georgievich was elected Honorary Citizen of the city of Kolomna. His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, museums and galleries in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Serpukhov, Ryazan, Kirovsk, Vologda, Tambov, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Vyatka, Sarov, Zaraysk, Kolomna, and Obninsk. Besides, at the headquarters of ACEAN in Indonesia, in private collections in Germany, the USA, South Korea, Italy, Spain, England, France, Poland, etc.
Mikhail Georgievich passed away on June 19, 2010.
Mikhail Georgievich Abakumov's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from 244 USD to 11,000 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2006 the record price for this artist at auction is 11,000 USD for Silence, sold at Sovcom Auction House in 2019.In MutualArt’s artist press archive, Mikhail Georgievich Abakumov is featured in Leonid Shishkin Gallery: Online Russian Art Sale 20-28 July, a piece from RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE in July 2020.