Alexei Pakhomov (1900-1973) is known as a brilliant graphic artist and master of lithography. He was born in autumn 1900 into a family of simple peasants in the Volgograd province. His outstanding artistic talents became evident in his early childhood. In 1915, the young artist entered the Sсhtiglitz’s School of Technical Drawing in Petrograd. From 1922 to 1925, Pakhomov studied in the Academy of Arts. Shortly after his graduation Pakhomov proved himself as a self-sufficient master.
In 1926, the artist was one of the founders of the “Artists’ Society” association and took part in all exhibitions held within this society up to 1931. In 1927, Pakhomov’s art works are exhibited at the picture-show of the Soviet Art in Osaka, Japan. A year later the artist worked with the magazines “Chizh” and “Yezh”, besides he created marvelous illustrations for children's books by E. L. Schwartz, S. Marshak, G. Krutov and others. In 1932, Pakhomov was elected to the First Directorate of the Artists’ Society Leningrad branch. Since 1936 he created drawings for the belles-lettres collection “Kostyor” and continued working until the end of his life.
At the beginning of World War II Pakhomov lived in Leningrad. Despite the blockade he continued working and created a remarkable series of lithographies entitled “Leningrad During the Siege”.
In 1946 he was awarded the State prize for this work. The first one-man show by Aleksey Pakhomov was held in 1951 at the State Russian Museum in Leningrad. In 1958 the artist was elected as an associate member of the USSR Academy of Arts, and in 1963 he was awarded the title of the RSFSR People's Artist. In 1973, Pakhomov was awarded the prize for one of his best works – illustrations for a collection of stories written by Lev Tolstoy. The artist died in 1973.
Aleksey Pakhomov is considered to be one of the best illustrators of children's books. His art works were exhibited in Amsterdam (“The Art of the Soviet Union”, 1929), Venice (“XVII Biennale”, 1930), Stockholm (“The Soviet Art”, 1930), Vena (“Russian Art Today”, 1930), Zurich (The Art Shoe of Volpberg, 1931), Prague (“The USSR Painting”, 1931), Pittsburg (The 30th Annual International Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, 1931), Johannesburg (“Art from the Soviet Russia”, 1931), Saint-Louis (The 30th Annual International Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, 1932), Venice (“XVII Biennale”, 1932) to name but a few.