VLADIMIR YAKOVLEV OIL ON BOARD DRYING FISH. Size 16.5 in by 10 in. Vladimir Igorevich Yakovlev - Russian artist , representative of unofficial art . Studied in the studio of the artist Vasily Sitnikov. Since 1945 he was observed and periodically underwent treatment in psychiatric hospitals. During the last thirty years of his life he was almost blind.In Moscow, he met artists Mikhail Grobman and Anatoly Zverev . In 1963, the first official exposition of Yakovlev in the USSR was organized - a one-day exhibition together with Eduard Steinberg . Abroad, the artist's works were presented at the exhibition "Russian avant-garde in today's Moscow" .Yakovlev painted mainly in gouache on paper or hardboard, preferring restrained, cool colors. He went through a period of non-objective painting (lyrical abstractionism in the manner of J. Pollock ), survived the influence of Picasso . His portraits, still life, as well as the famous "flowers" impress with the depth of lonely existence in the picturesque space, hidden by the energy of resistance.The works of Vladimir Yakovlev are kept in many Russian and foreign museums, in private collections in Russia and abroad. In 1995, his personal exhibition took place at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.