Artist of the magazine “Crocodile”
Cartoonist graphic artist
I did not get a professional education, I studied drawing myself.
Despite this, the caricature achieved high results.
He carried out posters on various topics, most often political, directed against imperialism, American world politics, NATO and revanchism.
Fomichev was born in St. Petersburg in the family of a graphic worker.
But his young years passed in the Urals, where Fomichevy threw a civil war.
At school the future artist first took up pencil and paint, decorated and edited the wall newspaper, then became a young correspondent of the Sverdlovsk regional youth Komsomol newspaper “On change!”.
In 1925 Fomichev was taken to the staff of this newspaper.
Thus began the long journey of Fomichev in art.
Then, his drawings appear on the pages of the “Ural Worker” and other regional publications.
In Sverdlovsk, the artist worked until the mid-1930’s.
At the All-Union competition for the best caricature organized by Komsomolskaya Pravda, Fomichev was awarded and in 1936 invited to Moscow to work in the Komsomolskaya Pravda, and two years later to the editorial office of the newspaper Moskovsky Bolshevik.
Since that time he has become a permanent artist of the Moscow Truth and the Komsomolskaya Pravda.
In 1939-1940 during the Finnish war he was sent to the North-Western Front from the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
On the front page of the newspaper “On Guard of the Motherland” a department of satire with the popular hero of serial drawings – Vasily Terkin, created by Vasily Fomichev in co-authorship with the artist Veniamin Briskin, appears.
With him V. Fomichev executed several agitation posters: “Subscribe to the loan of the Third Five-Year Plan” in 1939, “… there is no doubt that in our country there is a necessary number of straitjackets for such crazy people.”
With the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, Fomichev served in the Red Army as editorial staff of the front and army newspapers of the Kalinin, South, Crimean and North Caucasian fronts and in the Special Moscow Air Defense Army, conducting satirical departments, regularly placing drawings, satires and poems on soldiers’ pages newspapers. He was awarded several orders and medals of the Soviet Union.
After the war, Vasily Fomichev heads the satirical section of the editorial office of the newspaper Gudok, leads a ruthless and accurate fire on bureaucrats, rotos, loafers and grabbers.
In 1949 Fomichev returned to the Soviet Army, became deputy editor of the Illustrated Gazette, and from 1953 – as an art editor of the Soviet Sailor magazine.
The leading theme of the artist’s postwar work is the struggle for peace and mutual understanding between peoples. He participates in all international exhibitions “Satire in the Struggle for Peace”. He works fruitfully in various periodicals of the central press: Izvestia, Pravda, Trude, Krasnaya Zvezda, Gudka, and various journals.
In 1970 in Moscow at the international exhibition “Satire in the Struggle for Peace” he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Peace Foundation for his great creative contribution to the cause of peace.
Signatures to his caricatures were made by V. Ardov, D. Bednyi, A. Tvardovsky, N. Tikhonov, A. Besymensky, S. Marshak, A. Zharov, M. Spirov, S. Smirnov, N. Entelis and D. Demin. Personal exhibitions of the artist’s works in Moscow on international politics were held with great success (1978, 1983, 1985).
Fomichev’s works are kept in the funds of the Rybinsk State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.
Member of the USSR Union of Artists.
Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1966).