Vladlen GAVRILCHIK 1929 —
Владлен ГАВРИЛЬЧИК • Владлен Васильевич ГАВРИЛЬЧИК
Vladlen Gavrilchik, a former naval officer as weel as poet and artist, became an important figure in the Leningrad artistic underground. In 1974, he participated in the first exhibition of unofficial Leningrad art, held at the Gaz Palace of Culture. His first works, executed in the mode of naïve art, are characterized by stylized forms and a meticulous attention to detail. From the mid-1970s onward, irony, parody, and the grotesque predominate in his increasingly politicized works, which portray the gloomy realities of Soviet life and present stereotypical images of the nation’s people and rituals.