Constantin Alajalov

Аладжалов, Константин Иванович

Graphic artist, illustrator

Born Baku, 18 November 1900

Died New York, 24 October 1987


After primary and secundary school in Rostov, Alajalov went 1917-1918 to university in Petrograd. After Revolution he painted murals and together with the poet Gorodetsky he started the experimental theater 'Pokazatelnij'. In 1921 through Persia he went to Constantinople. In January 1923 emigration to the USA. In New York he befriended Robert Chanler, David Burliuk en Katherine Dreier. From 1926 he designed covers for various publications of the Société Anonyme en journals as: the New Yorker, the New Messenger, Life, Vogue, Fortune and Vanity Fair. He was famous for his caricatures and satyrical drawings. He illustrated many books. One-man exhibitions were held in New York at the Société Anonyme (1926), at Carstairs (1942) and also in Hollywood and Dallas. Through the 40's en 50's he worked as a teacher at the school of Archipenko and the Phoenix drawing-school in New York. In the 50's and 60's he designed covers for The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post.