Dimitrii Spiridonovich Bisti


Dimitrii Bisti was a Russian illustrator and printmaker. He studied at the Polygraphic Institute in Moscow (1947–52). Beginning in the 1960s, he was considered one of the leading Soviet book illustrators. He combined in his work both keen attention to the techniques of 20th-century foreign graphic artists and the tradition of the Russian school of book design. He was particularly influenced by the style of the Taller de la Gráfica Popular founded in Mexico by Leopoldo Méndez. In his book illustrations, Bisti combined expressive succinctness in the use of image and symbol with a rough impressionistic style. Bisti was a guest artist at Tamarind as part of an exchange that allowed the first visits of Soviet printmakers to America.