1922 - 2003
Born in 1922 in Narodnaya, Voronezh region. She spent her childhood and teenage years in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) where she attended an art school.

She finished her studies before being evacuated to Ufa during World War II. There, she lived with her mother’s cousin, famous Ufa artist Anatoly Lezhnyov who heavily influenced her formation as an artist.

Speaking about his role in her creative life, Nechaeva said, “Painting, my relationship with color, understanding its meaning, and generally my relationship with art—I owe it all to Anatoly Petrovich Lezhnyov, my uncle, a wonderful painter. During the evacuation years, a lot of famous artists, composers, singers from Moscow, Leningrad, and Kyiv lived in Ufa. Talking to them enriched my knowledge of the arts. My friendship with wonderful Bashkir artists, such as Kasim Davletkildeev who was a frequent guest at our home, Aleksandr Tyulkin, Maria Yelgashtina, was incredibly meaningful and helpful for me.”

After the war ended, Tamara Nechaeva remained in Ufa and was very active as an artist. In the 1940s, her sculpting practice was forming. She is considered a founding member of the Bashkir sculptural school together with Vera Morozova.

In 1943, she had her first personal exhibition in Ufa.
In the 1960s, she worked with ceramics a lot, moving to monumental forms in this medium in the 1970s. Her works became part of the interiors of the UMPO House of Culture, Iskra Cinema, Bashneft Building, Neftyanik House of Culture, and other public spaces.

Nechaeva is the author of the sculptural portrait of Bashkir national hero, rebel and poet Salawat Yulaev that can now be found in many cities and has become a classic. The very first bust was installed in Maloyaz, followed by Yulaevo, Ufa, and Paldiski in Estonia where Yulaev spent the last years of his life with his father, doing hard penal labor.

Tamara Nechaeva also created the following monuments:

monument to Ivan Yakutov (Ufa, Yakutov Park)
monument to Shagit Hudayberdin (Ufa, Printing House)
monument to Sergey Aksakov (Ufa, 85 Pushkina Street)
monument to Discoverers of the Bashkir oil (Ishimbay)
monument to Vladimir Lenin (Sterlitamak)
monument to Arslan Mubaryakov (Assy village, Beloretsk region, Bashkortostan republic)

In one of her articles, art historian Evelina Fenina noted “a journalistic quality” as one of the main characteristics of Tamara Nechaeva’s artworks. What she meant by that was Nechaeva’s desire to work with large masses of people and public spaces through art, as well as her engagement with the local national theme.

Tamara Nechaeva passed away in 2003. A civic funeral was held at the Nesterov Museum.


  1. Эвелина Фенина "Искусство тонкой лирики и поэзии"/ Бельские просторы, 12/декабрь 2004