Eduard Gorokhovsky (1929 — 2004)
Eduard Gorokhovsky was a Soviet conceptualist, known for his photographic experiments. He was born in 1929 in the town of Vinnitsa (Ukraine). In 1954 he graduated from the Odessa Engineer and Building Institute majoring in architecture and was allocated to Novosibirsk where he briefly worked as an architect. In the mid-50’s Gorokhovsky solely devoted himself to his artistry which included easel graphics, watercolors, theatre work, and book illustration (he illustrated more than 120 books during the period of 1957 — 1990).
In 1974 Gorokhovsky moved to Moscow where he was introduced to a collective of nonconformist artists The Sretensky Boulevard Group which consisted of Ilya Kabakov, Hulot Sooster, Ernst Neizvestny, Eric Bulatov, Oleg Vasiliev, Vladimir Yankilevsky, Viktor Pivovarov and Ivan Chuikov. Gorokhovsky was one of the first Soviet conceptualists to include photography in the artistic practice, creating collages by placing texts and images upon the photos and using photos as a basis for paintings and photo-silkscreens. He spent his later years in Germany. He died in 2004 in Offenbach.
Eduard Gorokhovsky’s work is in the collection of museums around the world including the Albertina Museum, Vienna; the State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; and the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg.