Vasily Yakovlevich Sitnikov was a Russian painter. He was one of the most vivid “landmark” figures of the post-war Soviet Nonconformist Art of Russia, and a living legend in Moscow artistic milieu. He was arrested by the Soviet authorities in 1941, barely escaped summary execution and was later committed to a mental asylum in Kazan. He survived harsh conditions and starvation and was released shortly before the end of World War II.In 1975 Sitnikov emigrated to Austria. He lived for five years in Kitzbühel, Tyrol where he painted his masterpiece “An ancient Russian monastery defiled by a Communist propaganda center; It’s winter and snow is falling”. In 1980 Sitnikov immigrated to the United States. He lived in New York City until his death in 1987.