Alexander Efimov was born on Sakhalin Island in a small town. All his childhood he drew and made sculptures. After school and the army he decided to study art seriously and went to Leningrad City (now St. Petersburg) and became a student of the Art Institute. It was not easy, because after the bester applicants ware selected there were examinations only one out of five of the best applicants became a student of the Art Institute. Àlexander Efimov showed capability as a portrait sculptor while he was still a student at the Art Institute. His teacher of sculpture said to students about Alexander’s degree portrait (portrait of the girl "Marina") «To make such a portrait it is necessary to love nature ". Having completed his studies in àrt at the institute, Àlexander decided to abandon the major cultural centre of the USSR, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and to return to his home on the island of Sakhalin in the Far East. As a young person, he wanted to create freely without the advice (councel) of the authoritative artists. But also on Sakhalin, in the Artists’ Union there were Honored, experienced artists (members of the Union of Artists of the USSR). They began to take an interest in the young sculptor, to give him advice and they attempted to give him direction.
The Artists’ Union on the island of Sakhalin was making very serious preparation for the major exhibition in the USSR which was to be opened in Moscow. The experienced ... Read More