Leonid P. Sokov (1941 - 2018)
Leonid Petrovich Sokov was born in 1941 in a village of Michalevo, northwest of Moscow . He graduated in 1969 from the Moscow School of Art and Industry. In the 1970s, he became involved in Sots art, which comes from the Russian (“Socialist realism”) and flourished in the days of the Soviet Union’s stagnation under Leonid Brezhnev. Sots art took the techniques of official art — propaganda, in particular — and repurposed them, much the way Pop Art and later the “Pictures Generation” appropriated advertising images to comment on consumer society. Leonid Sokov immigrated to the United States in 1980.
He was showing his works in private galleries and had several solo exhibitions in museums in US and Russia.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. USA.
Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York. USA.
The Center Pompidou, Paris. France.
The State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow.
The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg.
J.V. Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers State University, NJ. USA.
National Gallery of Australia, Sidney, Australia.