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Biography (1939–1998) In 1966, he graduated from the Surikov Art Institute. The bright, promising young artist was immediately noticed and invited to participate in youth exhibitions. In 1966, the year of his graduation, he painted The Red Agitator and his famous triptych The Sun Set Behind the Hillock. In 1969, Yevgeny Strulev joined the Moscow Union of Artists, and his life appeared to be mapped out: solo exhibitions every few years, regular participation in groups, artistic trips, and orders for work through the Plant of Painting Arts of the Art Fund of the RSFSR. His paintings, executed as if in one breath, with strong, swirling strokes, have a powerful emotional charge. The artist aspired to the spiritual transformation of the visible world. Although he worked in a style that was radically different from the canon of socialist realism, Strulev was not a member of the underground and did not challenge authorities. However, he remained independent of the high-level party officials known as the nomenklatura. Some people recall that Strulev was uncompromising at exhibition committees: "criticize me", he would say, "but I will not correct anything; if you don't like it, I'll withdraw it". In the 1960s and mid-1970s his focus was on the 'rural' or 'lubok' folk style valued by many art historians. The Ryazan Madonna and The Sun Set Behind the Hillock, his most celebrated works, belong to this period. Later the artist experimented with different genres and styles, including abstract art, which was obviously unsuitable for the official customers of the Plant. In the first half of the 1990s, Strulev spent some time in Germany at the invitation of gallery owner Gary Tatintsyan. In Berlin, according to the recollections of his friend Annamuhamed Zaripov, he produced about a hundred paintings in a few months. 1969, 1975, and 1976: individual exhibitions in Moscow. Participated in a number of group exhibitions in the USSR, Europe and Canada. Strulev's works can be found in museums, art galleries and private collections in over 20 countries.