Иван Игнатьевич Кунин
A self-driven journalist and a self-funded publisher, Ivan Kounin created several illustrated albums focused on the life of Shanghai’s international community, which highlighted the work of Russian artists.
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Kounin, Ivan. Moi vstrechi s Chaliapinym (F. Chaliapine). Shanghai, 1936.
Kounin, Ivan, editor. Eighty-Five Years of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps. Shanghai, 1938.
Kounin, Ivan, and Yaron, Alexander (editors). The Diamond Jubilee of the International Settlement of Shanghai. Shanghai, 1940.
Kouniny, Selo Ilovay-Dmitrievskoe. Istoria semi dlinnoiu v vek (The Kounins. A century of family history). http://zhais.ru/R-tambov-kunin.htm. Acsessed 3 March 2021.
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Harbin, China (1917–1933); Shanghai, China (1933–1953)
23 Erin Villas, Lane 51 Route Grouchy, Shanghai (now 51 Yanqing Road) (residence); 125 Route Vallon (now Nanchang Road) (residence); 317 Route Cardinal Mercier (now South Maoming Road); Adcraft Studios7 Avenue Edward VII (now East Yan’an Road) Shanghai
An autodidact and a versatile commercial artist, Alexander Yaron applied his talent in portraiture, photography, interior design, advertising, layout and illustration. His best known projects were illustrated art magazines and books produced as part of Adcraft Studios, in tandem with Ivan Kounin.
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Mikhail Kichigin was Shanghai’s preeminent émigré artist in the 1930s and 1940s. He travelled extensively around China and Eastern Asia, exhibiting his work and conducting visual studies. A versatile professional and a respected art instructor, he influenced a number of young artists from the Russian diaspora.
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A native of Harbin and a resident of Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s, Vera Kuznetzova was among the most accomplished female artists of the Russian diaspora. Together with Mikhail Kichigin, she travelled extensively around China and Eastern Asia, exhibiting her work and conducting visual studies.
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John Isaack studied for a year and a half at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin before joining an advertising, stage and fair design company. He arrived in Shanghai in 1939 and found work as a graphic artist at Adcraft an advertising agency before being forced to move into the designated refugee area in Hongkou.
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Highlights of Art was an illustrated magazine published by the creative duo Ivan Kounin and Alexander Yaron, working under the name Adcraft Studios. Although the magazine stopped publication after one issue, it launched a series of art-focused periodicals, praised for their high quality of design and their thematic coverage.
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Victor Podgoursky spent more than twenty-five years in Shanghai, working as an artist, teacher and designer. As a long-standing member of the Shanghai Art Club, he acted as the resident art critic and an instructor in life drawing and painting for the members.
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Vasily Zasipkin was a prolific artist and and influential teacher, much loved in the diaspora. Having lost his studio and all his work in wartime Shanghai, he started over in Singapore.
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