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Rostislav Ivanovich Vovkushevsky was born on March 22, 1917 in the city of Polotsk, Vitebsk province, Belarus, Russian Empire in the family of a railway engineer.

In 1925 his family arrived in Leningrad. In 1936, after graduating from high school, Rostislav Vovkushevsky entered the Department of Architecture of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he studied under the notable art educators Pavel Shillingovsky, Ivan Bilibin, Konstantin Rudakov, and Leonid Ovsannikov.

In February 1942, together with the institute, he was evacuated from besieged Leningrad to Central Asia in Samarkand. In June 1942, Rostislav Vovkushevsky was drafted into the Red Army and took part in World War II, which led the Soviet people against Nazi Germany and its allies. As a gunner he fought in the Volkhov Front and in the 2nd Belarusian Front, he participated in the liberation from the Nazi occupation of Poland and the Baltik Republics. He was wounded and received military awards: Order of the Red Star, Medal for Combat Service, Medal "For the Defense of Leningrad", Medal "For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945", and others.

After demobilization, Rostislav Vovkushevsky returned to his studies and in 1949 he graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin in the Victor Oreshnikov studio, together with Ivan Godlevsky, Maria Rudnitskaya, Valery Pimenov , Nikolai Babasuk, Victor Teterin and other young artists. His graduation work was a monumental painting called "Climbers."

Rostislav Vovkushevsky has participated in art exhibitions since 1949. He painted portraits, landscapes, still lifes, genre scenes, worked as an easel and a monumental painter. His personal exhibition was in St. Petersburg in 1995. Most famous for his decorative paintings of still lifes and portraits.

His individual style evolved under the strong impression of dating back to the 1930s, with the works of French artists Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, André Derain, a love he kept for life. Bright and decorative painting by Rostislav Vovkushevsky. Use pure colors and halftones with almost no paint mixing.

In the years 1949-1959, Rostislav Vovkushevsky taught painting and drawing at the Leningrad Higher School of Industrial Art, named after Vera Mukhina.

Since 1949, Rostislav Vovkushevsky was a member of the Leningrad Union of Artists (since 1992, called the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg).

Rostislav Ivanovich Vovkushevsky died on August 14, 2000 in Saint Petersburg. His paintings reside in art museums and private collections in Russia, Japan, England, Germany, Italy, the United States, France, and others.

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