Svetoslav Nikolaevich ROERICH 1904 — 1993
Святослав РЕРІХ • Святослав Николаевич РЕРИХ
Svetoslav Roerich was born in St. Petersburg in 1904. He was the oldest son of Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich and Elena Ivanovna Shaposhnikova, the great grand-daughter of M. Kutuzov. Under the director of his father, Svetoslav Roerich copied paintings by old masters and was involved in stage design. In 1920 the family moved to New York. Svetoslav studied architecture at Columbia University, at the Harvard University School of Architecture and attended sculpture classes at the MIT. In 1920s Svetoslav helped his father with stage design for the Chicago Opera and participated in graphic art exhibitions in New York. He traveled to India in 1922-1923. In 1931 the artist joined his parents permanently in India. Svetoslav Roerich is known for his portraits such as the once of Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, now displayed in the historic Central Parliament Hall in New Dehli. In 1930s Svetoslav Roerich concentrated on easel painting and created Indian landscapes and genre scenes. He also painted a number of portraits of his father. In 1960s-1990s Svetoslav visited USSR where a number of his exhibitions took place. He gifted about 60 paintings to Soviet museums. The artist died in Bangalore, India in 1993.