Soviet Mosaics in Ukraine
Kuzminkov Lel

Kuzminkov Lel

Kuzminkov Lel


Lel Mykolayovych Kuzminkov was born in 1925 in the Ukrainian city Mariupol (Zhdanov).

From 1947 to 1951 he studied at the Kharkiv Art School. His teachers were: Mykola Slipchenko, Lev Fitilov, Petro Shigimaga.

He worked in the field of painting, monumental and decorative arts, book graphics. Since 1960 he has been a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine.

He created mosaics in Mariupol, Slovyansk, Artemivsk, Berdyansk, and Urzuf. He co-authored with Valentin Konstantinov. "Harvest Festival" in Urzuf considered being their first work in 1967. Among the well-known Mariupol decorative mosaic panels are: interior mosaic "Metallurgists" in the railway station, the panel "Youth" at the school №34 in Mariupol. The large scale (100 sq.m.) exterior multi-figure mosaic composition "People of Tyazhmash" on the facade of Azovmash factory in Mariupol contains such decorative panels as "Motherhood", "Study", "Work", "Sport".

He died in Mariupol in 2012.