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Secrets Revealed: Michael Chepourkoff: The Artist, The Man, His Life, His Art
by Vivian Chepourkoff Hayes, M.A., M.S.
Secrets Revealed: Michael Chepourkoff: The Artist, The Man, His Life, His Art is for the reader who is intelligent, curious, and wants to know what an artist’s life was like. Michael Chepourkoff was born in Russia in 1899, emigrated to the United States in 1923, and lived in San Francisco most of his life until his death in 1955. He was a sculptor ahead of his time, a painter who created a scandal with one of his paintings, a terrible husband, and a loving father.
Was he bipolar, a dark Russian soul with a flash of wit, a fisherman, a creative genius, or a communist? His art tells only part of the tale. To understand the man, you need to understand the world that surrounded him, in Russia, the U.S.A., and the world of art of his time. The author, his daughter, Vivian Chepourkoff Hayes, researched newspaper articles about him and letters from his friends, and she heard family stories from her six brothers and sisters. Lavishly illustrated, there are examples of his paintings, drawing, etching, and sculptures.
About the Author:
Vivian Chepourkoff Hayes, M.A., M.S., is the daughter of Russian-born San Francisco artist, Michael Gabriel Chepourkoff. She is the author and illustrator of Batik as a Hobby, published by Sterling Publishing Company in 1969, using her married name, Vivian Stein.
She has a master’s degree in art from Sacramento State University, Sacramento California. She wrote her master’s thesis on experiments in batik making. She also earned a master of science degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of La Verne, San Diego campus. These studies and further research on the places and times Michael Chepourkoff lived allows her to show readers how this particular artist lived through wars, revolutions, financial depressions, and marriages.
Ms. Chepourkoff Hayes was born and raised in Berkley, California, and attended the University of California, Berkley, entering at the age of fifteen and one half. This was also Michael Chepourkoff’s alma mater.
She is an artist and has won first awards in Modesto and San Diego. She had a one-person show in the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California, and was part of a two-person show in La Jolla and San Diego. She has painted in watercolor, oil, and acrylic paint, her favorite medium.
In May 2008, she started a cartoon series called “Blip,” a single square with a caption, based on a moment of time. These cartoons are published in Ridgecrest newspapers.
She wrote the biography of Michael Chepourkoff on AskArt.com and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Visit the author’s website at: vivianchepourkoffhayes.com
(2016, Paperback, 262 pages)