Vitaly Peskov

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Vitaly Viktorovich Peskov (Russian: Вита́лий Ви́кторович Песко́в, May 12, 1944–March 12, 2002) was a Russian cartoonist who also worked as an illustrator and an animation director.

In all, Peskov authored about 15,000 cartoons. His first cartoon was published in Smena in 1967, after which he was invited to the Literaturnaya Gazeta. In the following years, he worked for a variety of other publications. However, Peskov's cartoons never had an official support by the Soviet authorities, and unlike with other well-known artists, no exhibition of Peskov's works had ever been organized during his life.

After Peskov's death in 2002, his apartment was looted and his wife Irina Korshikova with her son received numerous threats and emigrated to the United States soon after. One month after Peskov's death, an exhibition of three hundred cartoons was organized by Leonid Tishov in his private gallery in Moscow.[1][2] The questions of how Tishkov got a hold of the stolen cartoons and where the remaining drawings and other property are was never answered.

His widow Irina Korshikova, who emigrated to the United States with the copies of 3,000 of Peskov's drawings, later created a commemorative website and published his biography To Vitaly from Irina (Mir Collection NY, 2007, ISBN 1-893552-50-0; available at [1]).

In the meanwhile, the threats and harassment against the artist's family continued. Three hundred drawings re-appeared in Moscow in various publications and at exhibitions attended by Russian artists and senior officials of the Moscow Government and the Ministry of Culture. Even though a criminal case was opened, it was stalled, allegedly due to corruption. In relation to this, Viktor Korshikov, a musical critic and writer and an author of various articles on the history of opera, committed suicide. No arrests have ever been made.


Vitaly Peskov is the author of several animated films (director & artist filmography):

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