Benson Olga

Olga Benson (1887-1977) Macedonian Folk Dress, 1930, decoration on 2000 denars bill

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, died in Los Angeles California, USA. Studied art at the Higher Art School in Saint Petersburg. She was a refugee from the Russian civil war and immigrated to Skopje in 1920. She immediately started to Macedonian paint folklore dresses with exceptional quality. The word about her magnificent folklore drawings spread […]

Lazhechnikov Ivanovych Oleksandr

Oleksandr Ivanovych Lazhechnikov 1870 – 1944 Ohrid 1925 oil on panel

Russian painter and graphic artist. Born in Moscow. In 1897 – 1901 he studied at the Higher Art School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in the studio of A. Kiselyov. In 1901 received the title of artist. Participated in spring exhibitions of the Academy of Arts, Peredvizhniki (1900 […]

Voltchaneski Vsevolod


Vsevolod Vladimirovitch Votchaneski (or as he signed V. Volchanecki) Russian painter who lived with his British wife Alisson Bell Chambers in Dubrovnik in 1920s and 1930s and made many paintings and watercolors of traditional folk dresses of Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. There are several postcards from 1920s with reproductions of his paintings depicting various folk […]

Kolesnikov Fedorovich Stepan


Born in the village of Adrianopol, Ukraine in 1879, died in Belgrade in 1955, Stepan Kolesnikoff was one of the leading Russian immigrant painters. He began his art studies at the Odessa Art School in the class of A. Popov and K. Kostandi. Being one of the best students, he got the right to enter […]

Barkoff Alexander

Alexander Barkoff (1870 -1942) Thessaloniki, ~1930 watercolor

Born on September 4, 1870, in Helsinki, Finland, died in 1942 in Athens, Greece. He studied art between 1890 and 1895 at the Art Academy in Helsinki. Made study trips to Paris and Florence afterwards. Since 1927, he moved to Greece where he lived in Thessaloniki and Athens until the end of his life. There, […]