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Evgenia
Andreevna Ganicheva

Russia 
1914−2006
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Ganicheva — artist self-taught, became a great master. In 70-e years her work became collectible among connoisseurs and lovers of naive art.

She was born in 1914 in Vologda in a large military family. Being in the South, Eugenia A. was a lifeguard OSVOD and wanted to enter the naval school, but the war started... Zhenya, Zhenya, what was her name then, went to the front and became a part of the 56th Guards rifle division, where he served as the legendary Alexander Matrosov. In Germany she gets already with the 2nd Belorussian front, commanded by Rokossovsky. What survived, Ganicheva perceived as a miracle. And from that time until the end of his life felt the joy of each moment and he wanted this joy to share.

Working as a typist at the headquarters of the Odessa military district, Evgeniya Andreevna in the evening attended three-year courses of art, after which he worked as a graphic designer, participated in exhibitions of Amateur art. Received a well-deserved award — diploma in 1984 at the VI all-Union exhibition of Amateur art in Moscow. Her destiny to become an artist in adulthood in many ways typical: in fact naive painting as a mass phenomenon has flourished just after the second world war. Since then, painting for Ganichevoy was the essence of her life.

(From the article Irina Timakovoy "Life is so simple and fun")

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