Soviet Ukrainian artist. People’s Artist of Ukraine. Member of the USSR Academy of Arts. Sukhorukikh Anatoly Ivanovich was born on December 20, 1935 in the city of Novocherkassk in Russia. In 1960 he graduated from the Crimean Art College. N.S. Samokisha, and in 1966 he graduated from Kharkov Art and Industry Institute, where he studied at A. Khmelnitsky and A. Constantinople. The thesis of Anatoly – “Mother of Sevastopol” – a powerful, emotional canvas, strict in color and carefully verified by the composition. The painting “The Mother of Sevastopol” was awarded as one of the best diploma works at the competition of young artists, graduates of art colleges of the USSR. In 1966 Anatoly Sukhorukikh moved to Sevastopol, a city that for more than forty years had been exciting and inspiring him in his work. Absorbing the Crimean sun, studying all the nuances of light reflexes, Anatoly tirelessly wrote many sketches. Landscapes of Sukhoruky are authentic. “The street of the old Balaklava” with the masterfully transferred play of sunlight does not leave doubts in the viewer’s mind – it is the Crimea, it is inherent only to him hot air at noon hour, its slow-moving rhythm of life. In the still life, the artist’s talent is manifested rather broadly and multifaceted. Multifigured compositions are also interesting. Of particular importance in the work of Anatoly Sukhorukikh has a portrait genre. “Brilliant artist, Master, Crimean Monet” – such epithets were given to the artist by his countrymen, friends and artists. In 1973, Anatoly Sukhorukikh member of the NSHU. Since 1994 – Chairman of the NSU in Sevastopol. Since 1997 Sukhorukikh AI organizer and head of the annual All-Ukrainian Sevastopol open-air.
Since 1998 – Honored Art Worker of Ukraine. In 2006, the artist was awarded the Gold Medal of the Presidium of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine. In 2009 Sukhorukikh Anatoly Ivanovich awarded the title of “People’s Artist of Ukraine.” He initiated the creation of the annual All-Ukrainian “Sevastopol Plein Air”. For about fifteen years he headed the Sevastopol branch of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. He was always demanding of himself and others, he instructed young authors in their quest for perfection. The works are kept in the Sevastopol and Simferopol art museums, private collections both in Ukraine and abroad.