The folk art center’s director Olga Pupkova told those present about the life and work of the people’s master of Russia, a member of the Russian Federation Artists Union, Taimyr honorary citizen. This year, Motumyaku would have turned 83 years old.
Motumyaku Turdagin was born in a large family of a Nganasan Sochupte. Parents called the boy Motumyaku, which means ‘happy’. Since childhood, the boy knew the nature beauty and the animal world diversity, the tundra colors and sounds penetrated his soul and settled there forever.
Galina Zabelkina, an Arts and English teacher of the Volochanka school, noticed the giftedness of the young Motumyaku and recommended him to go to the Krasnoyarsk Art College named after Ivan Surikov. But he did not finish his studies, returned home and continued to draw. The themes of his paintings were the North’s nature, the countrymen’s life, the Nganasan people’ culture and traditions.
The artist’s paintings are exhibited at expositions of various levels, including abroad.
In 1996, the album Nganasan Artist Motumyaku Turdagin was published with more than a hundred works of the master. His paintings continue to live and talk about the unique beauty of the North.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, photo: Hatanga administration’s press service