1861 Ekaterinoslav - 1919, Novorzhev, Pskov Province
sculptor, famous portraitist and teacher. He studied under Nikolai Laveretsky and Alexander von Bock at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1878–1887). He received the minor gold medal in 1886, and the grand gold medal and title of Class Artist of the first degree in 1887 for his bas-relief The Entombment. He was a funded student of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1888–1892), an Academic (1892), Professor and supervisor of a sculpture studio at the Imperial Academy of Arts Higher Arts Institute (1894–1918) and rector (1900–1903, 1906–1911). He was also a founding member of the Arkhip Kuindzhi Society (1909), a participant in exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1884) and of the Wanderers (member from 1917). He received a gold medal for his works at the Worlds Fair in Paris (1900). He was the creator of statues to Alexander Griboyedov in Tehran (1904), to Yermak in Novocherkassk (1904), to Sergei Botkin in St Petersburg (1908) and of a bust of Arkhip Kuindzhi on the artist's headstone (1914, Alexander Nevsky Lavra).