Vadym MELLER 1884 — 1962
Вадим МЕЛЛЕР • Вадим МЕЛЛЕР
Vadym (Vadim) Meller was born in St. Petersburg in 1884. Attended various schools in Erevan, Tiflis and Kyiv in 1892-1903. Studied law at Kyiv University in 1903-1908. Attended KkhU in 1905-1908. Published caricatures in the newspaper Kievskaia mysl’ (Kyiv Thought) in 1907. Studied at the Akademie der Kunste, Munich in 1908-1912. Studied and exhibited in Paris in 1912-1914. Returned to Kyiv and then moved to Moscow in 1917. After a short residence in Odesa, moved back to Kyiv, working in Alexandra Exter’s Workshop of Art and Design in 1918-1919. Contributed designs to the anniversary celebrations of the Revolution. Collaborated with Bronislava Njinska, producing costume designs for her ballets such as Mephisto, Valse and Fear. Designer for the Shevchenko Theatre, Kyiv in 1921-1923, the Breezil’ Theatre in Kyiv (after 1922), including productions of Jimmy Higgins (1922) and Destruction of the Squadron (1933), and for movies (1924-1925). Represented at the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs,” Paris in 1925. Moved to Kharkiv with the Breezil’ Theatre in 1925-1926. Book illustrator (mid 1920s). Chief designer for the Kyiv Theatre of Musical Comedy (1948) and the Franko Theatre, Kyiv (1953-1959). Died in Kyiv in 1962.