Kirakozov, Sebastian Sokratovich
Sebastian Sokratovich Kirakozov was born January 13, 1940 in Tbilisi, Georgia. His father, Sokrat Sergeyevich Kirakozov (1911-1975) was also an artist and an ethnic Armenian. The family of his mother, Zhanna (Yevgine), was originally from Kagizman, Turkey, and fled to Tbilisi during World War I.
A champion sprinter in his youth, Kirakozov moved to Leningrad, where he met his wife, had a son, and graduated from the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design in 1966. А year later, a large cohort of artists like Simakov and Tverdokhlebov would graduate from Mukhina and Kirakozov would join them on a work trip to Almaty, where he helped the group’s design of the Central State Museum.
Most of Kirakozov’s works in Almaty have since been lost, as the majority were painted murals that are easily painted over and destroyed. His mosaics at the university Narkhoz and the Society for the Blind are still intact. Outside of Almaty, Kirakozov completed works in Kyzylorda and Atyrau.