Mikhail Yurevich Kugach
- Diploma of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1965)
- Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts (1995)
- Honoured artist of Russia (2000)
- Full member of the Russian Academy of Arts (2007)
Mikhail Kugach is a Soviet and Russian artist of the traditional artistic Russian school; an ardent supporter of Realism, or as Kugach himself has declared his direction in art, 'good old Orthodox Realism'; an honoured artist of Russia and a member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Mikhail Yurevich was born on January 2, 1939, in Moscow in the family of renowned artists O. G. Svetlichnaya and Y. P. Kugach. Thus, the choice of profession was not surprising, given the atmosphere that has surrounded Kugach since his childhood. At the age of ten, the boy went to study at the Moscow secondary art school affiliated with The Surikov Art Insitute. Around the same time, Mikhail Yurievich's parents bought a house in the village, in the area of Vyshny Volochok, and the trips from the city to the countryside have turned out to expose a profound impact on the artist's work in the future. The artist has said: 'Since then, I gradually began to understand that this is my Homeland. During winter times I missed the village. When summer came, I always went there. Finally, I had settled there forever when I graduated'.