Rodova Elena Ilyinichna
The artist belongs to the so-called “lost generation” of the 1920s-1930s. It is her well-known and bewildered question “Does anybody remember that we existed?” that Olga Roytenberg used as a title for her book about the artists of that time. It was not until after her death in 1988 that the artist got recognition.
She studied at VKHUTEMAS under the tutorship of Robert Falk. Rodova was a member of the Union of Artists since its foundation (she was excluded from the Union as a result of a denunciation in 1938, resuming her membership only in 1958).
Together with her husband artist Mikhail Rankov, Rodova undertook a number of artistic trips to Bukhara and Samarkand in Middle Asia in 1930 and to Armenia in 1931. She was a part of the artistic brigade working on the construction and decoration of the Moscow Underground in 1934.
Her works are exhibited at the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Moscow History, the Georgian State Art Museum in Tbilisi and the Kirghiz National Art Museum.