Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA
Aleksey Pavlovich Kholmogorov (1925 - 1987)
"He was an outstanding artist, teacher and mentor to my father, Valery Babailov." ~ Igor Babailov
Aleksey Pavlovich Kholmogorov was born on March 1, 1925. in the Udmurt Republic. Veteran of the Great Patriotic War, he entered the Palekh Art College, where his teacher was Alexander Korin, the brother of the famous painter Pavel Korin. A year later he transferred to the Kazan Art College, graduated in 1951. In 1953 Kholmogorov entered the Moscow State Institute named after V.I. Surikov. His Professor was Victor Tsyplakov, a student of renowned artists and teachers, Igor Grabar and Sergey Gerasimov, who studied in the studios of world-famous artists Ilya Repin and Valentin Serov. After graduation in 1959, Kholmogorov returned to Izhevsk. The same year, the art and graphic faculty was opened at the Izhevsk's State Udmurt University.
Kholmogorov became one of the first lecturers there, he invited colleagues from other cities, organized the reception of students and the educational process. One of his first students was Valery Babailov whom Kholmogorov regarded as his "favorite student' throughout his life.
The intense creative activity and active civil position in the following years were marked by awarding him the title of the People's Artist of the USSR (1967), Honored Artist of Russia (1972), People's Artist of Russia (1981). In the 1970's, for the cycle of paintings "People of my Republic" he became a laureate of the State Prize of Udmurtia.
In 1981 for the series of portraits "Women of Udmurtia" and the painting "Consultation" he was awarded a silver medal of the Academy of Arts of the USSR and the State Prize of Russia named after I.E. Repin. two of his works are in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery: "Portrait of Zoya Mikhailova" and "Victory Day, Village Veterans." Kholmogorov was the chairman of the board of the Udmurt branch of the Union of Artists of the RSFSR, elected secretary of the Union of Artists of Russia in 1972.. He died on September 30, 1987, in Izhevsk.