Kostandi Kiriak Konstantinovich (1852, Dofinovka, near Odessa – 1921, Odessa)
Ukrainian painter, the impressionism representative.
Since 1868 worked as a retoucher at the photo-shop. Studied at the Drawing School joint to the Odessa Association of Fine Arts (1870-1874) and then – at the Saint-Petersburg Arts Academy (1874-1882) under P.P. Chistiakov, M.K. Klodt. Used the advice of I.N. Kramskoy and A.I. Kuindzhi. Traveled to Europe in 1887, where got under the strong influence of French impressionists. Since 1885 was living and working in Odessa. Member of the ‘Mobile Art Exhibitions Association’ (since 1897) and one of the founders of the ‘Southern Russia Painters Association’, congenial to the above (since 1890; in 1892-1919 acted as a chairman of it).
Since 1885 teaching at the Odessa Arts School. After the revolution worked as an expert of the local Commission for the historical Monuments Protection, taking part in reorganizing of the School and the Fine Arts Museum. In 1922 the friends and pupils of the painter (I.I. Brodsky, P.G. Volokidin, M.B. Grekov, A.A. Shovkunenko and others) founded the K.K. Kostandi Association in order to unite the painters of traditionalist and moderately modernist orientations, which existed till 1930. The works by K.K. Kostandi are kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kiev, the Odessa Arts Museum and many other collections.
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