Ülo Sooster

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Ülo Ilmar Sooster (October 17, 1924 in Ühtri, Käina Parish – October 25, 1970 in Moscow)[1] was an Estonian nonconformist painter.

Graduated at Tartu Art College, 1945—1949. In 1949 he was arrested and like hundreds of thousands of other Baltic republics citizens, he was captured by the MGB and sent to Soviet labour camp in Karaganda.[2]

After 1956 Nikita Khrushchev February «Secret Speech», he has denounced Stalinism, Ülo Sooster was released from the labour camp and returned to Estonia.

In 1957 Ülo went to Moscow, and began intensive practice as non-conformist artist.

1966 : Poland, XIX Festiwal Sztuk Płastycznych, Sopot – Poznań: Biura wystaw artystycznych.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.geni.com/people/%C3%9Clo-Sooster/6000000007790132273
  2. ^ More than 10% of the entire adult Baltic population was deported or sent to penal servitude in Siberia or Kazakhstan Gulag camps in the years after World War II : Heinrihs Strods, Matthew Kott (Spring 2002). "The file on operation "Priboi": A re-assessment of the mass deportations of 1949". Journal of Baltic Studies 33 (1)
  3. ^ Второй русский авангард, или Визуальная культура эпохи холодной войны//АртГид, 2013 (on Russian).