Kyril Mikhailovich Zdanevich (1882-1970)

Orchestral Self Portrait (V. Gudiashvili, Kara-Dervish, K. Zdanevich, A. Kruchyonykh). 1917. Watercolour on paper, 76,5x153cm. Collection S.A. Shuster and Ye.V. Kryukova

Graphic artist, painter and theatre designer. Studied at School of Painting and Sculpture, Tbilisi (early 1900s) under Sklifasovsky, Academy of Arts (1911) and in Paris (1912-14). From 1912 participated in exhibitions including Donkey’s Tail, Target. Worked at Tatlin’s studio, “The Tower” (1913-15). Lived in Tbilisi (1917-25) and then in Moscow. Discovered work of Georgian primitive artist, Pirosmani. Participated in decoration of Khimerioni tavern, and designed Mayakovsky, Kruchyonykh. Co-author of declarations on Futurists with his brother I. Zdanevich.