Borodkin Osmo Pavlovich


08.07.1913 - 21.11.1949

Cartoonist, graphic artist, book artist

He was born in a Karelian peasant family. He graduated from a seven-year school in the village of Kesten’ga. After graduating in 1932, Petrozavodsk Pedagogical School taught drawing in Kesten’ga school. In 1936-1937 he worked as an artist in the Karelian Research Institute, participated in ethnographic and folklore expeditions.

In 1937 he entered the Leningrad Art Pedagogical School, but did not have time to finish it – he was drafted into the army in 1940.

Member of the Great Patriotic War [2], as part of partisan detachment participated in campaigns to the rear of the enemy. In 1945, on the territory of Poland, he was seriously wounded, as a result of his wound, he lost his legs. He was demobilized in May 1946 [3].

Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1944

In the postwar years he worked on illustrations for the epic “Kalevala”. The works of O. P. Borodkin are kept in the funds of the National Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia.

He died in 1949, was buried in Petrozavodsk in the cemetery “Peski” [4].

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