Valeria Larina

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Valeria Borisovna Larina
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BornApril 10, 1926
Leningrad, USSR
DiedFebruary 25, 2008
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
EducationRepin Institute of Arts
Known forPainting, Graphics

Valeria Borisovna Larina (Russian: Вале́рия Бори́совна Ла́рина; April 10, 1926 in Leningrad, USSR – 2008 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation) was a Russian Soviet realist painter, graphic artist, who lived and worked in Saint Petersburg (former Leningrad). She was a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists (before 1992 named as the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation),[1] regarded as one of representatives of the Leningrad school of painting.[2]


Valeria Borisovna Larina was born April 10, 1926, in the Leningrad, USSR.

In 1946, Valeria Larina entered at the first course of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin. There she studied under Piotr Belousov, Ivan Stepashkin, Alexander Zaytsev.

In 1953, Valeria Larina graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture as artist of painting in Boris Ioganson workshop, together with Mark Klionsky, Leonid Kabachek, Izzat Klychev, Konstantin Molteninov, Vladimir Seleznev, Nikolai Galakhov, and other young artists. Her graduated work was genre painting named "Young Shipbuilders".[3]

Since 1953, Valeria Larina has participated in Art Exhibitions. She painted portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, still lifes, and sketches from the life. It became the leading genre portrait of a contemporary. In the 1950s she was most famous for her series of expressive portraits of steel-makers and workers from Kirov plant in Leningrad. Later she painted mainly portraits of females and etudes done from nature.

The beauty of tonal relations and soft drawing gives to her portraits the poetic sounds, raising everyday scene up to the complete and profound image. Development of a picturesque manners went in the typical for 1960 direction of strengthening decorative qualities of painting.

Since 1954, Valeria Larina was a member of the Leningrad Union of Artists (since 1992, named as Saint Petersburg Union of Artists).

Valeria Borisovna Larina died in Saint Petersburg in 2008. Her paintings reside in museums and private collections in Russia, England, Germany, France, Italy, the U.S., and others.


  1. ^ Directory of Members of the Union of Artists of USSR. Volume 1.- Moscow: Soviet artist, 1979. - p.612.
  2. ^ Sergei V. Ivanov. Unknown Socialist Realism. The Leningrad School.- Saint Petersburg: NP-Print Edition, 2007. – pp.115, 269, 327, 364, 390, 392-394, 400, 415, 416.
  3. ^ Anniversary Directory graduates of Saint Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture named after Ilya Repin, Russian Academy of Arts. 1915 - 2005. - Saint Petersburg: Pervotsvet Publishing House, 2007. p.70.


  • Saint-Pétersbourg - Pont-Audemer. Dessins, Gravures, Sculptures et Tableaux du XX siècle du fonds de L' Union des Artistes de Saint-Pétersbourg. - Pont-Audemer: 1994. - p. 106.
  • Sergei V. Ivanov. Unknown Socialist Realism. The Leningrad School. - Saint Petersburg: NP-Print Edition, 2007. – pp. 115, 269, 327, 364, 390, 392-394, 400, 415, 416. ISBN 5-901724-21-6, ISBN 978-5-901724-21-7.

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