Mikhail Chernyshov

* 1945

Mikhail Chernyshov was a Soviet and American artist, painter, graphic artist, author of performances and installations. He studied at the Zagorsk Art and Industry College, then at the Moscow State University at the Department of Theory and History of Art. In the 1960s, he was close to Mikhail Roginsky, participated in the exhibition “Pop Art in the USSR” (1964). Then he became close to Vyacheslav Koleichuk and since the late 1970s he has been engaged in pure geometric abstraction. In 1978, the first retrospective of Chernyshov was held at the City Committee of Graphics. In 1980 he emigrated from the USSR. Since 1981 he has been living in the USA. Author of the book “Moscow 1961-67” (New York, 1987). The artist’s works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, The National Center for Contemporary Art.