Dean Culichidas

1923 - 1994

Artist biography

Dean Culichidas was a creative visual artist, Dean Culichidas, born in 1923, died in 1994. Artists like Franz Altschuler, David Edward Armfield, Běla Kolářová, Aleksej Pavlovic Belych, and Ann Bengston were also born in 1923.

Further Biographical Context for Dean Culichidas

Born in 1923, Dean Culichidas grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Dean Culichidas