Nimets, Jan Janovich
Jan Janovich Nimets (officially Ivan Ivanovich) was born January 6, 1938 to an ethnic German family in the village of Russkoe in Ukraine’s Zakarpattia Province. Along with Bobrov, Chuvylko, Kuzmin, Simakov, and Tverdokhlebov, Bobrov was part of a cohort of several “monumentalists” who graduated in 1967 and moved to Alma-Ata, soon setting up a new monumental art studio.
Though his earliest monumental works were a mosaic (1968-69, with Bobrov) and a mural (1969, with Bobrov and Kuzmin), Nimets would mostly make his mark as a sculpturist, working on six bas-reliefs with his frequent collaborator Gennadiy Zavizionniy.
Outside of Almaty, Nimets would contribute a design to the Kazakhstan Sanatorium in the Russian city of Essentuki (1976) and a mural in the Bartogai Tobacco Sovkhoz House of Culture (1982).
According to his colleagues, the artist passed away some time in the late 1990s.