Exhibition Opening: 15 Merinov 15: the Drawings & Cartoons of Alexei Merinov

Exhibition Opening 6.30pm - 9pm.  Speeches at 7.30pm

Space is limited and RSVP is essential to office@pushkinhouse.org.uk

Alexei Merinov has been drawing the front page cartoon for Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK) for almost 30 years now: a cartoon that is often paradoxical, always funny, and always to the point.  His 'topic of the day' drawings have made Russian readers cry with laughter, think, and philosophise day after day for decades.  This is a rare chance for us to enjoy his original work and his wry Moscow point of view in London - his fifteenth visit - hence the name of the show.   

His cartoons would have merited a history book on their own account, and an entire generation has grown up on his pictures and regards him as a classic part of the Moscow scene.  Spotted on Facebook recently: the day's Merinov cartoon shared by a young girl, whose boyfriend asks 'Is he still alive?'   

He is alive and kicking - and dissecting contemporary realities with surgical precision and skill.

Alexei Merinov: a Short Biography

Born in 1959 in Moscow; served in the Soviet Navy 1977-1979.  On demobilization, worked as a diamond cutter at the Diamond Treasury, as an artist in a construction company, and as a props man and an art director at the Romen Gypsy Theatre.  

His first cartoon was published in 1980 in a local newspaper in Odintsovo, a little town not far from Moscow and not long after, his drawings began to appear in the national press…He became an MK staff cartoonist in 1988 and art director for MK some time later…

Prizes and awards: Gold Pen (Union of Journalists), Free Press Academy Award, Marostica Cartoon Contest - Italy (twice), Satyrikon Cartoon Festival - Poland, International Biennial of Art Humour Tolentino - Italy, Golden Ostap Festival, numerous awards from Ogonek, Smena and other magazines. Awarded a state medal For Labour Merit.

Has illustrated over twenty books. Published over a dozen picture albums. Author of art projects: “Illustrated RF Labour Code”, “Illustrated RF Civil Code”, “Illustrated RF Criminal Code”, and “Here's to all of us!" (an illustrated collection of toasts).

"Merinov is neither a conformist, a rebel or a tribune. He admits himself that he hates two words: “to fight” and “to create”. He is simply an honest talented cartoonist, a football fan and a regular of Moscow blues clubs, traditional London pubs and his own editorial bar. He can only remind us of our conscience, which is, however, more than enough for an auto-da-fe …  And his contribution to the dressing-down of public figures can hardly be overestimated.”