Evgeny Mikhnov-Voytenko1932 — 1988
Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko was a Leningrad abstractionist belonging to the Soviet underground art movement. He created original painting techniques, for instance «tube», spreading paint from a tube directly on the canvas, and the usage of nitroenamel to paint on glass. He developed the spontaneous approach to painting. His favourite technique was the usage of the palette-knife and spatula to create raised compositions on the canvas. Mikhnov-Voitenko worked as muralist and interior decorator. In 1959-1988, while member of the Integrated Workshop of Decorative Arts of the Art Foundation, he created murals for the interiors of the Moskva restaurant in Leningrad. Mikhnov-Voitenko’s works are part of the collections of the State Russian Museum, the New Museum in Saint Petersburg, and in some foreign collections.