Victor Umnov was born in Moscow in 1931. He graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1955 and for seven years worked as an engineer. In 1954-57, he attended an art school in Moscow. In 1958-62, he was learning art from the prominent graphic artist, M.Klyachko. Victor began his career as a professional artist in 1962. In 1964-89, he worked in the State Studio of Advertisement and Applied Graphics. He joined the USSR Union of Artists in 1972. In 1977, he started to compose short essays on such topics as art, religion and gender issues. In the 1980s, he proceeded to combine texts and visual imagery. In 2005, his book, Words and Pauses, was published in Moscow by the National Center for Contemporary Arts.
Victor's personal exhibits include those in the Moscow Collection Gallery in Moscow in 1993, A-3 Gallery in Moscow in 1995, M'Ars Gallery in Moscow in 2000, the Art-Harbor Gallery in St. Petersburg in 2001, the Dom Cultural Center in Moscow in 2005 and the M'Ars Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow in 2005.
Among his most notable group exhibits are New Reality in Ravenna and Bologna in Italy in 1989, Calligraphy in USSR-USA in New York and San-Francisco in USA in 1990, Other Art. 1956-1976 in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 1990, Contemporary Artists to Malevich in the State Tretyakov Gallery in 1991, Graphics in Erfurt in Germany in 1992, The World of An Art Collector. Contemporary View. Collection of E.Nutovich in The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow in 1997, Russian Constructivist Roots. Contemporary Concern in Universities of Maryland and New Hampshire and in the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. in USA in 1997, Constructivist Toolbox: Geometry, Structure, Ornament, Color in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 1998, Abstract Art in Russia: The Twentieth Century in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg in 2001, Moscow Abstraction: Second Half of the 20th Century in the Tretyakov Gallery in 2003, Moscow Book Graphics in Frankfurt in Germany in 2003 and Revision of Material in the State Tretyakov Gallery in 2005-2006.
Victor's works are found in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in USA, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in USA, in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in France, as well as in many other museums in Russia and private collections around the world.
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