Sergey Ivanovich Potapov was born on March, 30, 1905 in
Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl region in family of squire. Family was
large: 9 sisters, and 2 brothers. From children Sergey Ivan was most
junior. Remaining early without parents (A father died in 1910 ã,
and mother in 1915) he lived with sisters, then they made a match
and left, and he with a kid sister processed three tithes of earth.
The brother of his mother was a very talented artist on icons, and
visible, it was passed on the inheritance. Making to painting and
modelling showed up at all from 11 children, but most it was
expressed and was found the embodiment, in the art at Sergey
One of sisters, namely Helen Ivan,
lived in Moscow. And in the difficult years of soviet power earned
on a bread to those that modeled souvenir bas-reliefs from a gypsum
and pap'e mashe. These works were saved in private collections . In
1927 Sergey Ivanovich was called to serve in an
àrmy in the
city Nizhniy Novgorod in second radio-regiment. In 1929 came from an
army, but coming revolutionary years did not allow to the artist to
get back in a paternal house, because all property was passed to the
village soviet. A future artist remains without a house, living and
departs in Batumy, where settled down on work in Voentorg.
Banishment compels all family members to abandon a paternal roof and
disperse far on light. The fate of the other family members is not
known until now.
In Batumy Sergey Ivanovich worked in
regimental stalls as a salesman, after manager of laundry. There he
is found by Great patriotic war. In 1941 called to serve in Poty in
military part S.N.è S. In 1945 translated to Romania in Constance,
in 1946 Translated to Bulgaria Varna, where and served in rows to
Soviet Army for 1947 year.
In the years of service Sergey Ivan
constantly applied the talent, to what testify enormous amount of
deeds and encouraging letters. On the orders of command
executed certain creative tasks (bas-reliefs of Lenin, Stalin and
etc). After war went to Sevastopol and served re-enlisted in the
rank of petty officer 2th the articles on position of cook. In 1953
came from army and got back in Batumy.
In this town he creates the first creative work on works Shota
Rustavely «Knight in a tiger hide». He sends a few works on VDNKH
and on results an exhibition was the recipient of an award by the
diploma of the second degree silver-plated by a medal and money
bonus . Pereslavl authorities, hearing, that their countryman the
recipient of an award by a such prestige bonus, write him a letter
with suggestion to get back on a motherland, to bring the creation
over in Pereslavl and place him in the Pereslavl museum preserve.
But time goes, guidance of museum, policy of country, changes, an
exhibition is not proposed. But folk love is great and people from
all soviet union send parcels and arrive to him home, to see this
miracle. Exhibition during 10 years lies in boxes, to be kept at
home. And even the ridiculous case of shorting of the electric
wiring results in that afire part of works perishes. An artist so
much experiences .
During all life was energetic, merry, did not lose heart even in
a difficult minute. And very wanted confession of the creation. It
was difficult in those distant times to get confession of
authorities, but he attained the most important - love of people.
Supported the family relations with the sister Katerina and its
children and to them shortly death before bequeathed to be the
keepers of the works..