1942 in town Maykop of Krasnodar region. His father Alexey Vasiliev was born in St.Petersburg, he took part in three wars (The First World War, Civil War - he fighted in Chapaevskaya division and Second World War - partisan and communist). He was an engineer, big admirer of nature and literature.On the 8 of August 1942 Maykop was occupied by fascists, father of K.Vasiliev became a partisan. But in February 1943 the town was set free, and his father returned home. In 1946 the family moved to Kazan, then to Vasilievo village, located in 30 km from Kazan in front of the place where Sviaga flows into Volga river. Virgin forests and an expanse of river waters…
Under someone's window
Kostya went hunting and fishing with his father. These seems to be unforgettable moments when soul is open to everything wonderful in the world. He began to draw very early. His mother said about him: 'He was born with pencil in his hand'. His parents did their best to help their son to develop his gift for drawing. After he had passed examinations successfully, Konstantin Vasiliev became a student of the Moscow art school - boarding school at institute named after Surikov of Academy of Applied Arts USSR. From 1954 for 1957 he had been living and studing in Moscow. These years were filled with impressions from fine art, music, theatres. There he became an artist, who deeply apprehended a bases of an aesthetics of Russian national art. But then, in the middle of 50s, at school after the change of the director the training of monotonous drawing style began. The teachers started to specify how to draw and what to draw. Social realism did not attract Vasiliev. He wanted to create not under somebody's instruction, he asserted his right to choose a theme and picturesque method. After the annual vacation Konstantin did not return to Moscow school. He had continued education in an art school of Kazan.IIn 1988 Konstantin Vasiliev was posthumously awarded by Premium of Tatar Comsomol named after Musa Jalil for a cycle of canvases devoted to the Second World War. IIn 1996 and 1997 were opened two museums and Picture gallery of Konstantin Vasiliev.
The north Eagle
Ilya Muromets and beggars Taverns