Yurii Rozhkov

Рожков, Юрий Николаевич

Graphic artist, geologist

Born Orekhovo-Zuevo, 20 January 1898

Died Moscow, 2 February 1940


Rozhkov, son of an engineer grew up in Moscow and joined1916 the Bolshevik party. After graduating he joined the red army. In 1920 he designed posters and decorations for the propaganda train wagons. He met Maiakovskii during his work with the Rosta windows in 1921 and designed photo-collages for some of Maiakovskii's poems such as The back-bone flute and To the workers of Kursk. From 1929 to 1931 Rozhkov studied Geology at the Moscow University, and after graduating worked as a geologist in Kazakhstan. During the 1937 purges Iurii was expelled from the party, his brother was shot and his sister banned. Iurii was able to stay in Moscow where he died of tuberculosis.