Vladimir Hozatski 1955 | Rococo russian painter
Well-known in his native Russia, as well as abroad, Hozatski has received numerous accolades for his work. One of the major commissions he received was a request, in 1985, from then-President Mikhail Gorbachev for Hozatski and his father Guenrich to paint the interior walls of the President's Black Sea summer dacha in the Crimea. For the reception area, known as the Tea Room, President and Mrs. Gorbachev commissioned from Guenrich the triptych "Gurzuf", and for the lobby, commissioned from Hozatski the triptych "Yalta". It took the father and son three years to complete the project, and in January of 1989 they traveled the dacha to install the works. These paintings have been viewed by diplomats and dignitaries from all over the world. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Crimea was returned to the Ukraine, and the dacha became Ukrainian state property. It is still used today for international functions. This commission was the highest honor for an artist in the Soviet Union, and was a very important landmark in young Hozatski's career.