Chemiakin was born in Moscow but spent his childhood in East Germany, moving back to the Soviet Union in 1957. Two years later he was expelled from the Repin School of Art in Leningrad for failing to adhere to the norms of Socialist Realism and for propagating a taste for Old Masters who were regarded as degenerate by the Soviet authorities. Chemiakin was routinely hounded by the KGB and subjected to forced psychiatric treatment. In 1971 he was ordered into exile for ideological subversion and settled in Paris which at the time boasted a sizeable community of young émigré artists from Leningrad.
Chemiakin was free to hark back to the imagery of pre-Revolutionary Russia, executing a series of works on the theme of the carnival in Imperial St Petersburg. While in Paris he also published and edited the legendary Apollon-77, an almanac of Soviet unofficial art and poetry.
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