Brief Biography of Eduard Ziuzin
Eduard Karpovich Ziuzin was born on January 18, 1938, in Moscow. Eduard's father was Karp Atarov, a ballet dancer. The Ziuzin family, from which he descended through his mother, were minor nobility. The mother was a theater actress and the student of Vsevolod Meyerhold, a notable Russian producer, director and actor. She was also the close friend of Zinaida Reich, the first wife of the famous Russian poet Sergei Esenin.
Eduard Ziuzin showed an atitude for art at an early age, and was drawing and composing poetry by the age of five.
In 1941, he was evacuated from Moscow. After the death of his mother, he was placed in an orphanage in Siberia, where he lived until 1946.
In 1950, he painted his first work: My Yard.
In 1951, at the age of 13, he began to work in a factory. At the same time, he started attending an art school.
In 1960, he painted Rostov Street and Pond, which was later acquired by the Tretyakov Gallery.
In 1973, he was arrested for dissident activity. He would spend the next 5 years in prison and in a psychiatric ward. During this time, he would paint his famous series of "Prison Portraits."
Ziuzin's patrons include notable Russian art collectors such as Dr. Alexander Miasnikov, Kostaki and Dr. Lobchinsky.
Ziuzin cites three of his teachers as having been most influential in his development as a painter. The first teacher was Dr. G. K. Kravchenko, a well-known Russian painter, himself the student of Ilya Repin. The second was Vasily Sitnikov, a notable painter of the Russian Avant-Garde. The third was Marc Chagall, another famous painter, together with whom Eduard had an exhibition in Tokyo in 1980.
That year, he was pronounced one Russia's best realist painters.
In 1993, Ziuzin emigrated to the United States, where he settled in Jersey City.
In 1995, he held an exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey City.