Nicholas Prokopievich Miholaps

Intro Soviet ceramic artist, director of the National Art Museum of Belarus
A.K.A. М. Міхалап, Мікалай Міхалап
Was Painter Museum director
From Russia
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth 28 April 1886, Minsk, Belarus
Death 1979, Minsk, Belarus (aged 92 years)
Star sign Taurus

Mikałaj Prakopavič Michałap was a Soviet ceramic artist and director of the National Art Museum of Belarus from 1939 to 1941.

Early life

Mikałaj Miсhałap came from the family of a railwayman father and housemaid mother. He graduated from Baron Stieglitz Central school for Technical Draftsmanship (current Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy). Michałap was the first Belarusian ceramic artist.

Career

Mikałaj was teaching in Vitebsk Art School and running a department of pottery and ceramic there from 1925 to 1930. He was close with Belarusian classic Janka Kupała; he painted his portrait and created first decoration for one of Kupała's plays.

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