Nicolai CikovskyRussian, 1894-1934
Landscape and figure painter Nicolai S. Cikovsky, 1894-1984, was born in Russia, where he studied at the Vilna Art School, 1910-1914; the Penza Royal Art School, 1914-1918; and Moscow High Tech Art Institute, 1921-1923. He emigrated to the United States in 1923, exhibiting in that year in New York City at the Charles Daniels Gallery. In 1942, Cikovsky began spending summers on Long Island, New York, in the North Sea area, where he moved permanently in the late 1970s. He painted many land and seascapes there, and is said to have been an influence on two well-known area painters, Jane Freilicher and Fairfield Porter.
Cikovsky was a member of New York City institutions, including the National Academy of Design (Associate 1968; Academician 1970); National Institute of Arts and Letters; and Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers.
Some of the artist's exhibitions include:
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1932-1949; National Academy of Design, New York, 1947-1949; Purchase Prizes: 1959, 1960, 1964, and Isaac N. Maynard Prize in 1964; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1932-1955, 1966; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; New York World's Fair, 1940
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 1931 (medal), 1932 (Harris Bronze Medal and Logan Purchase Prize), 1933 (prize), 1960-1961; Downtown Gallery, New York, 1933, 1938; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1930-1957, also solo
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; Worcester Museum of Art, Massachusetts, 1933 (first prize); Society of Washington Artists, 1937-1939 (medals), 1940-1941; Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey; Glasgow Museum, Scotland; Salons of America; Whyte Gallery, Washington, D. C., 1939, solo; Associated American Artists, New York, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1956; Studio Gallery, solo; Washington D. C. Public Library, solo; IFA Gallery, solo
Collections & Museums:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York
Art Institute of Chicago; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Los Angeles Museum; Worcester Museum of Art; University of Arizona, Tucson; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; W. R. Nelson Gallery, Kansas City; Milwaukee Art Institute; Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C. University of Minnesota