Yevgeniy Mikhnov-Voytenko

1932 - 1988

Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko was a Leningrad abstractionist belonging to the Soviet underground art movement. He created original painting techniques, for instance «tube», spreading paint from a tube directly on the canvas, and the usage of nitroenamel to paint on glass. He developed the spontaneous approach to painting. His favourite technique was the usage of the palette-knife and  spatula to create raised compositions on the canvas. Mikhnov-Voitenko worked as muralist and interior decorator. In 1959-1988, while member of the Integrated Workshop of Decorative Arts of the Art Foundation, he created murals for the interiors of the Moskva restaurant in Leningrad. Mikhnov-Voitenko’s works are part of the collections of the State Russian Museum, the New Museum in Saint Petersburg, and in some foreign collections. The main chest of his artworks belongs to the artist’s official heir, his sister.