Nikolai Evgenevich Vechtomov ( April 10, 1923 , Moscow - April 18, 2007 , ibid.) - Russian artist , one of the classics of the second wave of the Russian avant-garde  .
|Birth name||Nikolay Evgenevich Vechtomov|
|Date of Birth||April 10, 1923|
|Place of Birth||Moscow|
|Date of death||April 18, 2007 (84 years)|
|Place of death||Moscow|
|Study||Art School in memory of 1905|
He graduated from high school in 1941 , in August he was drafted into the army, graduated from the Saratov Tank School . Passed with fights from Stalingrad to Donbass , was captured, fled from a prisoner of war camp near Dresden and reached the outskirts of Prague, where he met with his uncle, Czech composer Ivan Vechtomov ; then joined the Czech partisans  .
At the end of the Great Patriotic War, he entered the Moscow City Art School, after its disbandment he graduated from the Art School of Memory in 1905 ( 1951 ). Together with fellow students Vladimir Nemukhin and Lydia Masterkova, in the mid-1950s, she entered the Lianozovo group of unofficial art.
He died on April 18, 2007 . He was buried in Moscow at the Staro-Markovskoye Cemetery  .
Works are in collections
- State Tretyakov Gallery , Moscow .
- Museum of Contemporary Art ART4.RU , Moscow.
- Jane Voorhees Zimmerly Museum, Norton and Nancy Dodge Calling, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus , New Jersey , USA .
The art of Vechtomov is built on reconciliation of contradictions: natural painting does not conflict with unattended, spiritual - with physical, time - with space ... Everything is connected in a strong feeling or in very deep reflection. If “new forms” are really attempts by the soul to express itself, then Vechtomov found a unique cultural formula that conveys a focused acceptance of the integrity of the world. Silence and absolute peace give rise to a certain state of integrity that is not amenable to analysis. They are the primary cause of the emergence of a certain form, which expresses in its "uniqueness" the multiplicity of the world and worlds. In this sense, the work of N. Ye. Vechtomov, in the literal sense of the word “religare”, is religiously connected and conjugated. - Vera Kalmykova, Truth and Life magazine 
Vechtomov is especially good in piercing color: bright orange, bright red, bright, the artist gets even his favorite anthracite black. This is transmitted in painting, with varnish, and in graphics it is dulled due to technological limitations: the plot may be the same, but, unfortunately, there is no color cutting. Vechtomov brought the famous color contrasts as a war memory: these flashes of explosions are a product of dramatic surrealism of war, the cruelty and man-made nature of which is incomprehensible to the human psyche. In the bright alien sunsets of Vechtomov, some will see decorative mysticism, others - the pain of the artist of Stalingrad, the Kursk Bulge, captivity and partisan resistance. - Vladimir Bogdanov, Director Info magazine 
He conveys the feeling, the environment of worlds, existing or not existing, and does so convincingly. Looking at his canvases, one can survive the immersion into the glass atmosphere of unknown planets, where everything is subject to other, unearthly laws. Where in the frightening clarity of the bizarre outlines of black creatures with talking holes see a hidden threat. - Lev Kropyvnytskyi 
- Nonconformists in Red Square. - Museum.ru
- Colin's War, or Lucky Star of Vechtomov Partisan // Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 29, 2005.
- V. Kalmykova. Nikolai Vechtomov: the generating space // Truth and Life, 2006, no. 5.
- V. Bogdanov. Russian art. What is the year memorable? // Director Info, 2007, № 24.
- L. Kropivnitsky. Ten Moscow artists
- Kuskov S. Nikolay Vechtomov. - Paris-Moscow-New York: The Third Wave, 1998.