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The Rich History of Silver Lake's Expatriate Russians

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

The work of artist Peter Liashkov reflects the ever-changing richness of Los Angeles since his immigration here 65 years ago. He is professor emeritus from Art Center College of Design and works in mixed media techniques.

Many people don’t realize how many expatriate Russians are part of the rich history of Silver Lake. Artist Peter Liashkov was born of Russian parentage in France during an air raid at the start of World War II. After a detour to Argentina for six years, his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1955 eventually landing in Los Angeles and Silver Lake. He was a student of famed Russian artist Sergei Bongart at the Otis Art Institute. Peter later taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His studio near Sunset Junction is filled with his mixed media creations. He talks about his fascinating life story and art in this interview provided by the Silver Lake History Collective.


See Peter Liaskov's art here.


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