Fridkin Boris

Moscow, Russia


Khudodnik is a graphic artist, cartoonist, illustrator, book designer, poster artist.

He lived in Kharkov. He collaborated with the publishing house “Knigospilka”, illustrated and designed the books of Ostap Vishnya “How to make Berlin out of Kharkov” (1930), “How I didn’t see M. Gorky” (1930). He worked as an illustrator in the Kharkiv magazine “Red Wasp” and the children’s magazine “Funny Pictures”, as an art editor of the satirical magazines “Red Pepper” and “Crocodile”. The author of the propaganda poster “Beat the old techniques without hesitation, work in a new way in a new environment” (1930s). Participant of the First All-Union poster exhibition “Poster in the service of the Five-year Plan” (1932, Moscow). He was engaged in easel graphics, in 1937 he executed a series of lithographs dedicated to A. S. Pushkin (“The Duel of A. S. Pushkin”, “The Meeting of A. S. Pushkin with the arrested V. K. Kuchelbecker”). During the Great Patriotic War, he created a series of anti-Hitler cartoons. He worked in the field of socio-political posters, collaborated with the creative and production association “Agitplakat”; author of posters: “Curb the warmongers”, “About earthly affairs and celestial bodies”, “Marriage of convenience” (all -1963), “CPSU Program” (1963; from the collection of agitplakats “Decisions of the XXII Congress We will fulfill the CPSU”). He created a series of political posters: “Concern for improving the welfare of workers”, “Trade unions in the struggle for seven years. XXI Congress”, “Improvement of working conditions of Soviet people” (all -1960; from the collection of propaganda posters “Trade unions in the struggle for the seven-year period”). Collaborated with the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, drew greeting cards (1960’s), including New Year’s. He died in 1977, and was buried in Moscow at the Vagankovsky Cemetery.

Circulation posters of B. M. Fridkin are kept in the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg (GMI SPb), the National Museum of the Udmurt Republic named after Kuzebai Gerd (NMUR), the Yaroslavl Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve, the Yaroslavl Art Museum (YAKHM).

Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.

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