Konstantinov, Viktor Innokentevich
Viktor Innokentevich Konstantinov was born December 25, 1926 in the town of Bagalanka in Russia’s Irkutsk Province. He was reportedly a veteran of WWII, though due to his age it’s likely he served only the last year of the war. In 1958, he became one of the first of many future monumentalists in Kazakhstan to graduate from the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design.
Soon after, Konstantinov move to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he completed a ceramic relief on the Alatoo Cinema (1961) and a work at the Son Kul Cafe. The artist came to Almaty in 1967 to work on the reliefs “Science” and “October” for the Arman Cinema, the first large-scale concrete bas-reliefs in Kazakhstan. He would go on to lead the monumental art team at the Oner Art Combine, and continued to specialize in bas-reliefs, with works at the Medeo Ice Rink (), the State Circus (1972), and the Alatau Hotel (1973).
His one known work outside of Almaty is the relief on the Seifullin Theater in Shymkent.