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Ernest Kotkov

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Ernest Kotkov
BornMarch 3, 1931
Kyiv, USSR
🏳️ NationalityUkrainian
🏫 EducationKyiv Art Institute
💼 Occupation
Known forgraphic artist
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Ernest Kotkov (March 3, 1931, Kyiv, USSR - October 6, 2012, Kyiv, Ukraine) - Ukrainian Soviet graphic artist, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine (1958).


Ernest Kotkov born on March 3, 1931 in Kyiv. In 1955 he graduated from the Kyiv Art Institute..[1] In institute he meets Valery Lamakh, who also studied in the same workshop a year earlier. Later they perform a number of monumental works in Kyiv, Zhdanov (now Mariupol), Dneprodzerzhinsk (now Kamianske), Yessentuki together.

After graduation, Kotkov works in the field of the political poster, creating pieces that receive awards at all-Union exhibitions and competitions. His works are printed in large quantities in the State Publishing House of Fine Arts and Musical Literature of the USSR and are published in the album “Ukrainian Soviet Poster” issued on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the USSR.[2]

For a long time he worked at the Kyiv plant of the monumental and decorative art association "Artist". A close friend of the world-famous film director Sergei Parajanov.[3] Twice the artist was nominated for the USSR State Prize.

The artist’s personal exhibitions take place in the Soviart Centre for Contemporary Arts (2002), 36 Gallery (2004), Museum of Modern Visual Art of Ukraine (2008), individual works are exhibited at numerous exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad.[2][4]

Kotkiv passed away on October 6, 2012 in Kyiv.


Kotkov was inspired by the epoch of 1950s dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime.[5][6]

In co-authorship with the artist Mykola Bartosik he created compositions:

  • "Awakening" and "Let The Sun Always Shine" — sculptures made of iron and concrete covered with mosaics (1981, Varash, former Kuznetsovsk, Rivne region, Ukraine) Project architect – F. Y. Khudyakov.
  • Lybidska metro station. The station was opened on December 30, 1984; architects: Valentyn Yezhov, Anatoliy Krushynsky, Tamara Tselikovska with the participation of Oleksandr Panchenko, artists Ernest Kotkov, Mykola Bartosik[7]

1959–1961 in collaboration with V. Lamakh and I. Lytovchenko, he creates decorative panels in the interiors of the Kyiv River Port, in particular[2]:

  • "Dnieper the trade route"
  • “Bohdan Khmelnytsky”
  • “Seagulls over the water”


  1. "Ukrainian Art Gallery - Ernest Kotkov". Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Kotkov Ernest". UU Archive. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  3. "In the river destroyed the sculpture "Dnieper wave" Ernest Kotkov | The Koz Telegram". Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  4. "Ukrainian Art Gallery - Ernest Kotkov". Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  5. "Ernest Kotkov - Bio, Artworks, Exhibitions and more - Artland". Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  6. "Монументальные произведения Валерия Ламаха и Эрнеста Коткова | Антиквар" (in українська). 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  7. "Nikolai Bartossik Artist Page". Retrieved 2020-09-28.

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