Stepan Fedorovitch Kolesnikoff (1879, Russian Empire – 1955, Belgrade, Yugoslavia), was a distinguished Realist painter.
Kolesnikoff was born in a peasant family in a southern province of the Russian Empire. His artistic potentials were recognized early. In 1897 he started attending an artistic school in Odessa, one of the topmost of its kind in the country. In 1903, Kolesnikoff was accepted into the Imperial Academy of Arts, where his paintings regularly won prizes in the annual Spring exhibitions.
In 1919 he and his family emigrated to the Balkans, and in 1920 he settled in Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, (Yugoslavia after 1929) where he spent the rest of his life as an immigrant. Kolesnikoff was promptly welcomed in the royal court of his new country. Among others, he was given a state assignment to lead the restoration works on numerous paintings and frescoes.
The last twelve years of his life Kolesnikoff suffered from Parkinsons’ disease. His remains are buried in the Russian Necropolis, a section of the Belgrade New Cemetery. More on Stepan Fedorovitch Kolesnikoff
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