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Oleg Mitasov

7 November 2013

Author : ivgheny-kosthin

It is known that Oleg Mitasov was born in 1953, lived in the city centre of Kharkov, and died in late 1999 from tuberculosis in one of the psychiatric hospitals in the same city.

According to the legend, he got cranky when he left his thesis on the tram on the way to the Higher Attestation Commission and this was the reason why he didn’t get his PhD. The numerous references to the word VAK (Cyrillic based acronym for Higher Attestation Commission) in his inscriptions prove this fact.

He became famous in the mid-80s when he covered numerous fences, buildings, porches and even his own apartment with these weird inscriptions:

СРАЗУ.ЖЕ.СУЖЕНИЕ.УМА
AT.ONCE.NARROWING.OF.MIND

ВЕК.ВАК
THE AGE.VAK

ЛЮДИ.И.СРАЗУ.ЖЕ.ЛЕНИН
PEOPLE.AND.LENIN.RIGHT.THERE

ГДЕ.НА.ЗЕМЛЕ
WHERE.ON.THE EARTH

НЕ.ТЕРЯТЬ.ВЕРЫ.В.ЛЮДЕЙ.ВСЕМ.ВСЕМУ.ЖИВОМУ.НЕ.ЖИВОМУ

DO.NOT.LOSE.FAITH.IN.PEOPLE.TO EVERYONE.TO EVERYTHING.ALIVE.AND.LIFELESS

МАМА.МИТАСОВ
MOTHER.MITASOV

ЗВЁЗД.С.НЕБА.НЕ.СРЫВАТЬ
NO.PLUCKING.STARS.FROM.THE SKY

ИЗУЧАТЬ.РУССКИЙ.ЯЗЫК.А.НЕ.ПРИСВАИВАТЬ
STUDYING.RUSSIAN.NOT. ASSUMING.IT

ЛЕНИН.СДЕЛАЛ.ВСЕМ.УКОЛ.В.ГОЛОВУ.ГДЕ.НА.ЗЕМЛЕ

LENIN.GAVE.AN INJECTION.IN THE HEAD.WHERE.ON THE EARTH

Some of this phrases can still be seen on some buildings in Kharkov. All pieces from his flat have now been destroyed. Now there’s just an office in the way.

His work started appear on the streets and then someone saw him doing it. He was drawing everywhere, even now we can find some pieces on Kharkov’s walls. He was studying economics whole his life and was a director of a store before illness and never represented himself as an artist.
He’s started obsessively drawing in the mid 80s after he’s got cranky and was doing it till the end of his life.




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