Vasilyevich Sychkov


Biography and information

Fedot Vasilievich Sychkov (March 13 (March 1, old style) 1870, p. Kochelaevo, Narovchatsky district, Penza province (now in Mordovia), Russian Empire - August 3, 1958, Saransk, Mordovian ASSR, USSR) - Russian (Soviet) artist, Honored Artist of the Mordovian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1937), Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1950), People's Artist of the Mordovian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1955).
Born into a poor peasant family. Orphaned early.
He studied at the three-grade zemstvo school in the village of Kochelayev, he showed his ability to draw from childhood, he was engaged in painting with a school teacher P.E. Dyumayev. He worked in an icon-painting workshop, painted murals in churches, and performed portraits from photographs. From 1885 to 1887 he worked in Serdobsk, Penza province, with the contractor icon painter D. A. Reshetnikov.
From 1887 to 1892 he lived in Kochelayev, independently engaged in painting, painted icons, portraits of fellow villagers. In 1892, by order of General I. A. Arapov (1844-1913), whose estate was not far from Kochelaev, he painted the painting “Laying the Arapovo Station”. Shown to the director of the Drawing School for Freelancers E. A. Sabaneev, the picture impressed. Noting Sychkov’s talent, Sabaneev advised him to bring the young man to St. Petersburg.
In 1892, Sychkov moved to St. Petersburg and went to study at the Drawing School of the Society for the Promotion of Arts. Support was provided to him by General I. A. Arapov. In 1895, F. Sychkov graduated from the Drawing School and became a volunteer at the Higher Art School at the Academy of Arts. After graduation, the artist returned to his homeland.
In 1900, he was awarded the title of artist for the painting "News from the War." In 1905, he was awarded the A. Kuindzhi Prize at the Spring Exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts for the painting "Flax Mealers". He was elected a member of the Committee for Mutual Aid to Russian Artists.
In 1908 he went on a trip to Italy, France, Germany, brought many landscapes of Rome, Venice, Menton and sea views.
In the years 1909-1917, the work of Sychkov was repeatedly noted at Russian and international art exhibitions.
In 1918-1920 he participated in the design of revolutionary holidays in the city of Narovchat, at Arapovo station and in his native village of Kochelayev.
Last years he lived in Saransk.