Nina Genke, also Nina Henrichovna Genke or Nina Henrichovna Genke-Meller, or Nina Henrichovna Henke-Meller, born in Moscow in 1893 and died in Kiev in 1954, was a Russian-Ukrainian artist of the Suprematist avant-garde, a designer, graphic artist and set designer.
Nina Genke was born to a Dutch father, Genrikh Genke, and a Russian mother, Nadejda Tikhanova.
In 1912 she graduated from the private Levandovskaya Gymnasium in Kiev and taught Russian language and history, geography and drawing in Skoptsi. She received an artistic education in the studio of Alexandra Exter in Kiev and was her assistant from 1915 to 1917. She worked in the cooperative village of folk artists Verbovka (Kiev government), founded by Natalia Davidova and was closely connected with the Supremus group led by Kasimir Malevich, the founder of Suprematism.
After 1915, Nina Genke headed the village of Verbovka and attracted many avant-garde artists such as Kasimir Malevich, Nadejda Udaltsova, Alexandra Exter, Ivan Kliun, Ivan Puni, Lyubov Popova, Olga Rozanova, Ksenia Boguslavskaia.
After the October Revolution of 1917, together with Alexandra Exter and Kliment Red'ko, she participated in the decoration of the streets of Kiev and Odessa for the festivities of the Revolution and collaborated in the design of grandiose shows, and was responsible for the graphics of a book.
Nina Genke became the main artist of the futurist publishing house Golfstream headed by the Ukrainian futurist poet Mikhail Semenko.
During the period 1920 to 1924, she taught art at the Ukrainian State Studio until she moved to Moscow where she worked as a stage designer and drew sketches for a wallpaper factory. She also held a position as deputy head of the Vserabis Fine Arts Commission.
Nina Genke also works as an interior designer, set designer and supervises institutions of decorative and applied arts.
She was married to the painter Vadim Meller.
The artist is buried in the Baikove Cemetery.
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