Artists (Modern)

For the purposes of this site, we have defined “modern” artists as those that spent most of their careers after 1953. We have chosen this date as, first, a generational marker. Many late-tsarist artists continued working after the revolution, while many late-Soviet artists are still working today. Those still working today are likely to have been born after 1953, when political and social restrictions were relaxed after the death of Stalin. The anti-communist movement in the US, which occurred around the same time, also means that artists born after this date are much less likely to be known in the US. In preparing material for this section, however, we have tried to concentrate mostly on living artists.

The Evolution of Art and Painting in Central Asia

While Central Asia has a long, rich history, the modern nations of the region are a direct result of 20th century colonization. Prior to Soviet interference, the many ethnic groups and distinct societies of the region were loosely grouped under the geographic term of Turkestan. Under Soviet control, the region was divided into the Turkmen […]

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