St. Petersburg: Khudozhnik RSFSR, 1966. Publohser's softcover. Item #537
Book measures: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. 31 pages: illustrations. Text in Russian. One of 2000 copies. Signed by the artist.
This signed exhibition catalog presents the artistic journey of Vitaly Sergeevich Rogal, a celebrated Soviet and Russian artist, professor, and People's Artist of the RSFSR. Born in Snegirevka, Kiev region, in 1915, Rogal first studied at the Kharkov Construction Institute's working school and later at the Irkutsk isopedtechnic, under teachers like A. Vologdin, A. Zhibinov, and A. Rudenko. During the Great Patriotic War, Rogal volunteered for the front, where he used his artistic skills to draw detailed landscapes, aiding in military operations. Post-war, he worked as an artist in Irkutsk and became a member of the Regional Union of Artists in 1947. Rogal's career saw him participating in numerous exhibitions, including interregional, zonal, republican, all-union, and international exhibitions in countries like Afghanistan, Japan, Italy, China, and Mongolia. His personal exhibitions were held primarily in Irkutsk and Ulan Bator. Rogal's works, which celebrated the beauty of Siberia and its people, earned him widespread recognition. He was deeply fascinated with Mongolia, a recurring theme in his art. In 1962 and 1972, he was honored as the Honored Artist of the RSFSR and National Artist of Russia, respectively, and received state awards for his contributions. The catalog encapsulates Rogal's rich artistic legacy and his profound connection to Siberia and Mongolia, chronicling his art and the accolades he received throughout his distinguished career.