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Last Updated: 01-15-2010

Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko

Lily Brik Poster, © Alexander Rodchenko Lily Brik Poster, © Alexander Rodchenko
Lili Brik Portrait for the poster 'Knigi', 1924, , © Alexander Rodchenko Lili Brik Portrait for the poster 'Knigi', 1924, , © Alexander Rodchenko
Rodchenko and Stepanova, 1920 Rodchenko and Stepanova, 1920

Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko (1891-1956) was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer, also one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design. He emerged in the 1920s as one of the most influential Russian constructivists, which came about shortly after the Russian Revolution and lasted up to about 1934, when it was replaced by Socialist Realism. While believing that art should be integrated into everyday life, Constructivists rejected the idea of ‘art for art’s sake,’ and incite, it should serve a useful purpose in society. It was for this reason that Rodchenko moved away from fine art and took his influential knowledge of Suprematism and applied it to more useful activities such as design, architecture and photography. It was at Kazan School of Art in Odessa, that he met artist Varvara Stepanova, his life-long friend, collaborator and future wife. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. Both him and his wife were amazing artists. I have posted some of there amazing work for your enjoyment.

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