Soviet Ukrainian painter. People’s Artist of the USSR.
Vasily Pimenovich Khitrykov was born on January 12, 1922 in Yekaterinoslav (now – Dnipropetrovsk). From 1937 to 1941 he studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Art College. In 1950 he graduated from the Kiev Art Institute. Teachers – A. Petritsky. K. Yelev. Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR. Worked in the field of easel painting. Member of art exhibitions: republican – since 1952, all-Union – since 1954, foreign – since 1958. The main exhibitions: 1954 – Exhibition of fine arts of the Ukrainian SSR, dedicated to the tercentenary of the reunification of Ukraine with Russia, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; 1954 – Exhibition of fine arts of the Ukrainian SSR, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the reunification of Ukraine with Russia, NNMU, Kiev; 1955 – All-Union Art Exhibition, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; 1957 – Jubilee Art Exhibition of the Ukrainian SSR, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, the National Museum of Art and the KSMIR, Kiev; 1958 – All-Union Art Exhibition “40 years of the Komsomol”, Central Exhibition Hall (Manezh), Moscow; 1958 – Republican art exhibition dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Komsomol, Central Exhibition Pavilion, Kiev. Major works: “V. I. Lenin at the Third Congress of the Komsomol “(1952),” Conversation with Ilyich “(1957),” Lenin’s Call “(1960),” In His Homeland (Sister) “(1964), a series of portraits” Our Contemporary “( 1968-1969), “Creativity” (1970), “Peaceful People” (1977), and others.
Since 1972, Khitrikov V.P. – “Honored Artist of the USSR,” and since 1977 – “People’s Artist of the USSR.” The artist died on September 24, 1987 and was buried in the Baykovoye cemetery in Kiev. The works of Vasily Pimenovich Khitrikov are represented in the Zaporozhye Art Museum, the Lviv National Museum named after Andrey Sheptytsky and also in gallery and private collections in Ukraine and abroad.