For an artist that died only a decade ago, we know remarkably little about Nikolai Dmitrievich Sapach. He grew up in Rostov-on-Don, and when he was just nineteen was called up and served in the Russian army for most of the ‘Great Patriotic War’ against Nazi Germany from 1942 until 1945.

He must have been a natural artist, because after the war he produced several large battle scenes based on his military experience, which were received well enough to gain him a place at Moscow State Academic Art Institute, from where he graduated in 1953 and became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.

‘Bourgeois Family’, 1970

During the 1960s and 70s Sapach produced a large number of cartoon-like drawings commenting on life in Soviet Russia, together with several limited edition portfolios of erotic art, demonstrating that he was able to produce works in a wide variety of styles. None of his erotic work is dated.

If anyone can provide us with more biographical information about Nikolai Sapach we would love to hear from you.

We would like to thank our Russian friend and contributor Yuri for introducing us to the work of this artist and supplying many of the images.


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