Boris Chetkov (1926-2010)

Boris Aleksandrovich Chetkov was born in 1926 in the city of Novaya Lyalya in the Sverdlovsk Region of Russia. In 1959, he graduated from Sverdlovsk Secondary Art School after having studied in the studio of the highly acclaimed artist Vladimir Shmelyov.

In 1966, Chetkov graduated from the famous art school named after Mukhina and began his professional career as a senior artist at the Malaya Vishera Glass Plant. Boris immersed himself into art with an ardent desire to deepen his understanding of the existing techniques of art to use as a foundation for creating new techniques.

At the beginning of the 1970’s Boris Chetkov belonged to the avant-guard trend in painting, simultaneously working with different art materials such as wood, stone, metal, ceramics, porcelain and glass. His work was both experimental and “cutting edge”. Even though it was the soviet period, his work was considered so extraordinary that he became a member of the Leningrad branch of the Russian Federation Union of Artists.

Chetkov actively participated in a variety of Russian, as well as international exhibitions. The uniqueness of his talent was best presented at his personal exhibitions of 1973, the prestigious Hermitage Museum in 1979, 1980, 1989, the Manege Museum, St. Petersburg in 1991, and Finland in 1991. His works have received high appraisals at the World Exhibitions in Osaka and Sapporo, Japan in 1974-1975; at shows in France in 1978 and 1995; Austria and Germany in 1978 and the United States in 1978 and 1992. He also showed his paintings in Australia in 1989 and Venice, Italy in 1994.

Boris Chetkov’s works have been acquired by the Russian State Museum of St. Petersburg, by many art museums and galleries throughout Russia, and by various galleries outside of Russia including the United States. His paintings and works remain in private collections in Russia, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Finland, Australia and the United States


Boris Chetkov participated in exhibitions around the world; from Tokyo, to Europe and Russia during his lifetime. Recent exhibitions include:

2001:  Forum Gallery St. Petersburg

2002:  The Union of Artists 70th Anniversary Exhibition, Manege, St. Petersburg

2003:  Artists of the City Annual Exhibition, Manege, St Petersburg

2005:  Solo Exhibition, Kwang Hwa Cultural Center, Hong Kong

2009:  National Congress Palace at Konstantinovsky

2010:  (Presidential Residence). The last exhibition in Chetkov’s lifetime and the First solo exhibit presented at the Palace

2012:  Boris Chetkov , Solo exhibition, Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City

2013:  Re-Imagining Russia: Boris Chetkov Landscape & Genre Paintings, Retrospective exhibition, Russian Art Week, London