Outstanding Soviet Ukrainian artist and teacher. People’s Artist of the USSR. Karp Demjanovich Trokhimenko was born on October 25, 1885 in the village of Sushany in Kiev region in the family of a rural clerk. I took my first drawing lessons in a craft workshop in Kiev. Later he studied at the drawing school of N.I. Murashko. From 1902 to 1905 he studied at the Kiev Art College from I. Seleznev. From 1906 to 1907 – in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in NA Kasatkin. From 1910 to 1916, Trokhimenko K.D. is studying at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where his teacher was NS Samokish, a prominent battle-painter and educator. In 1915, together with other disciples, NS Samokish, together with his teacher, traveled to the Western, and then to the Black Sea and Caucasian fronts for sketches and sketches, which were printed in the magazines Lukomorye and the Sun of Russia. After graduating from the academy, Trokhimenko went to the Caucasian front as an ordinary lieutenant-guard. Being in the active army, he created compositions in which he recreated the military operations and life of Russian soldiers. Since 1918 he worked in Kiev in the Commission for the Protection of Antiquities and Art. In 1918-1919 he taught drawing in the higher railway school, in 1920-1923 – at the school in Suschanah, in 1923-1925 he was the head of the labor school in Kagarlyk, in 1925-1926 he taught at the school of factory apprenticeship at the sugar factory in Rzhyshchiv. From 1926 to 1931, K.D. Trokhimenko is a member and secretary of the Association of Artists of Red Ukraine. In 1926-1933 he taught at the Kiev Industrial Trade School, later – at the Kiev Art College. In 1933-1974 he was a teacher at the Kiev Art Institute, since 1938 – head of the composition department and head of the workshop of battle and historical painting, since 1939 – professor. Master of genre, historical and landscape painting. In 1944, Trochimenko was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the USSR. Since 1918 the works of Karp Demjanovich began to be exhibited at art exhibitions, since 1926 – on republican, since 1927 – on All-Union, from 1928 – on international exhibitions. In 1968, a personal exhibition of the artist took place in Kiev. In 1969, Karp Demjanovich was awarded the State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR. Taras Shevchenko for the creation of paintings and illustrations on Shevchenko’s theme and for the cycle of paintings “My Motherland”. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, the Diploma of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR, other orders and medals. The artist died on October 1, 1979 in Kiev. Works by Trokhimenko K. D. are in art museums, galleries and private collections in Ukraine and abroad.
Photo: KDTrokhimenko “People of the Dneprostroy” 1937
Photo: K.D.Trokhimenko “M.Gorky reads works of T.Shevchenko to peasants in the village of Manuilovtsi” 1949