Mikhail Magaril: is a Russian artist who was born in 1950 in Leningrad, USSR. He immigrated to the United States in 1990, and currently lives and works in New York City. Magaril's work explores the twists-and-turns of Russian culture with satirical commentary frequently referencing Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, two chief leaders of Communism. Magaril is a professional book artist and illustrator with a degree from the Moscow Poligraphic Institute in Leningrad, from which he graduated in 1973 with a degree in Graphic Arts. He has served in the Russian army tank regiment, worked in the State Museum of Ethnography of the People of U.S.S.R., and worked for Lenizdat and Detsykaya Literatura publishing companies in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Magaril's books are in important collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the British Museum, the French National Library, Harvard and Yale. He was an apprentice at The Center for Book Arts for seven years and the winner of two Carl Hertzog Awards for Excellence in Book Design. Magaril has been featured in several significant group exhibitions such as an exhibition to commemorate Vladimir Lenin's centenary at the Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad (St. Petersburg), 1970; a group exhibition at the Exhibition Hall of Industrial Graphics, Leningrad (St. Petersburg), 1971; and annual exhibitions at the City Committee of Graphic Artists, Leningrad (St. Petersburg), 1980, 1982, 1983. His work has been featured in Pinocchio Graphics, Milan, Italy, 1986, Homo Sapiens, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1987 and an exhibition of poster works at the State Museum of Ethnography of the People of U.S.S.R., Leningrad (St. Petersburg), 1992.After immigrating to the United States, Magaril has published more than 10 books; two of them, The Diary of a Madman, by Nikolai Gogol and The Happy Prince, by Oscar Wilde, received the prestigious Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design in 1998 and 2000.