Vladimir Korbakov (1922 – 2013) was born on June, 5, 1922 in Russia, in the village Kazarinovo of the Sokolsky district of the Vologda region. He always lived and worked in the Vologda until his death.
He spent his childhood and youth in Vologda. His first acquaintance with art was during his school days: the teenager made friends with the pupil - restorer of iconpainting in the regional museum, and through him – with the master of miniature and restorer. Having finished a seven-year school, in 1940 he entered the studio at the Union of artists and in 1941 he was employed in the workshop of Art Fund.
In 1941 Vladimir Korbakov as a volunteer left for front. In 1942 in fights near Moscow he was seriously wounded and underwent four operations. His right hand was under the threat of amputation, but due to surgeon's diligence it was cured. After a six-month holiday he returned to the front and served as a sailor in the White Sea fleet. For participation in war actions V. Korbakov was given the Order of Glory of III degree and the Order of the Patriotic war, many medals.
In his free time he made wall newspapers, painted panels, many times sent his works to all-army exhibitions of amateur arts. Seeing his passion to art, the command sent him to the Moscow art school for the invalids of the Great Patriotic War where he was trained from 1946 to 1951.
In 1951 he graduated from the school with honours and became the student of the Surikov Moscow state art institute.
In 1958 the artist returned to Vologda, in 1959 he was admitted to the Union of artists; in 1972 he was awarded with the rank of the Honoured artist of RSFSR. Korbakov was one of the founders and the long-term head (from 1964 to 1977) of the Vologda organization of the Union of artists of Russia, he was the initiator and the head of the Cherepovets creative group. It is possible to say, that he became a chronographer of the Cherepovets metallurgical complex, for what was awarded with a rank of the Honorary metallurgist.
Since 1997 – the Honourary citizen of the city of Vologda. Since 1998 – the national artist of Russia. Since 2001 Vladimir Korbakov is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2002 he was awarded with the State award «For merits before Fatherland» of the II degree. In 2006 he won the State premium in Vologda Oblast in the field of literature and art for 2005 for his pictorial cycle «Pages of history», devoted to the 100-anniversary of the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905. Since 2007 Vladimir Korbakov became a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts. That year he also was awarded with the Gold medal of the Russian academy of arts. In 2008 he was awarded with the Gold medal of the Union of artists of Russia.
In 2010, the creative life of Vladimir Korbakov differs particularly fruitful activity. Since spring, he took an active part in projects for the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. One of the first opened his solo exhibition «Winners» in Vologda, against which there have been numerous meetings with the visitors of the artist. It has also been shown in Moscow.
On the eve of the Victory Day in the life of the artist Vologda there was another important event. In light of the book «Self-portraits of Vladimir Korbakov», published in two languages, Russian and English. The album includes more than a hundred paintings and graphic portraits of the master. This one-of-a-kind special edition of the self-portraits of contemporary Russian artist.
Summer Plein Air 2011 Vladimir Korbakov spent Tarus. His result was several cycles of works devoted to this wonderful land. June 5, 2012 Vladimir Korbakov celebrated 90 years. In 2012, the anniversary year Vladimir Korbakov spent 11 of his personal exhibitions. Large exposure of the artist alternately opened in Vologda Regional Art Gallery, the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. At the same time there was an exhibition in his homeland – in the cities of Sokol and Kadnikov.
October 28, 2013 by 92-year life of the artist died in Vologda.
Creative work of Vladimir Korbakov – one of the brightest examples of traditions and tendencies of modern development of the fine arts in the Vologda land. It reflected many essential features of stylistics of Russian painting in the end of the XX century. For almost 50 years Korbakov's art has been drawing attention of colleagues – artists, experts, amateurs and collectors of painting.
Vladimir Korbakov – the brightest representative of the fine arts of Vologda Oblast of the XX century. During his early period he adhered to painting of «severe style» of the 1960s. In 1970-1980s the individual creative manner of the artist based on expressive-romantic vision of the world in the technique of textured multi layered painting was developed. In 1990s the master combines plein-air landscape painting, work on thematic, associative and decorative compositions with the development of traditions of classical painting. The main place in V.Korbakov's creative work is occupied by sincere, lirical-romantic or disturbingly - dramatic feeling of problems, destinies and characters of the modern world. He is true to centuries-old traditions of art culture of Russia.
Since 1956, he participated in the international, national, inter-regional art exhibitions in Russia and abroad. During the creative activity of the artist made about two thousand paintings and drawings, held more than 30 solo exhibitions.
Works of the artist are exhibited in the Tretyakov gallery, the State historical museum, in the Central museum of Great Patriotic war on the Poklonnaya Mountain in Moscow, in the Museum of the landscape in Plyos on the Volga and in many cities of Russia (Tver, Petrozavodsk, Tyumen, Syktyvkar). The biggest collection is kept in the Vologda regional picture gallery.
S.M. Korbakova, managing director of the museum-creative center «Korbakov's house
Some cycles of works by Vladimir Korbakov
Album «The pages of history. Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905» (2004)
Album «Nikolai Rubtsov in the works of Vladimir Korbakov» (2006)
Swedish plein of Vladimir Korbakov (2007)
Greek plein of Vladimir Korbakov (2008)
Exhibition of one painting «Dyeing Easter Eggs» (2009)
Self-portraits «Day-Dream» (2009)
Exhibition «Winners», dedicated to the 65th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (2010)
Exhibition «The West and the Russian province. Tradition and Avant-Garde» (2010)
Tarussky plein of Vladimir Korbakov (2011)
Shining still lifes of Vladimir Korbakov (2012)