April 17, 2017

Beniamin Petrovich Tabakov, Decorated house

Benjamin Petrovich Tabakov, a self-taught artist who decorated his house in Staropysjminsk in the Russian region Sverdlovsk, was inspired by another self-taught artist, blacksmith Viktor Nikolaevich Volkhin, who lived in the neighbouring community of Berjozovski.

Tabakov began decorating his house in 1981. At that time Volkhin, who died in 1982, already had completed the decoration of his house.

Life and works

The biographical information about Tabakov is limited. He probably was born in the 1950's and he became a truckdriver with a transport company. He married -probably in the late 1970's- and looked around in Staropysjminsk for a house to live in with his wife Augusta Dmitrievna and appropriate to eventually share with children and grandchildren..

That house, he thought, had to have something specific.

When he had seen Volkhin's house in Berjovski decorated with pictures of fairy tale, he knew that something like that would be suitable for his own house. And so in 1981 he began. It would become a lifetime project.

Just as Volkhin did, he painted the facade of his house with scenes derived from familiar fairy tales and folk stories.

He also referred to scenes from a popular Russian TV-series named Ну, погоди! (Wait a minute!).

Tabakov has been active in decorating his house for over 30 years, regularly adding new scenes. 

He made photographs of all stages of the development of the facade, in black and white as it was at the time he bought the house, later on capturing each new scene in color.

From an interview with Tabakov in 2015 it appears that at that time he still was engaged in making new decorations. Meanwhile three generations live in the house and a granddaughter occasionaly helps her grandfather, as the video from 2010 (below) shows.

Tabakov in 2010 
(screenprint from the 2010 video below)

* Entry on top-50.ru with pictures (december 2014)
* Video by Telekanal Zvezda (july 2010), as on Ru Tube  (video cannot be embedded,
click on Ru Tube, video begins with commercial)

Beniamin Petrovich Tabakov 
Decorated house 
Odinarka straat, 4, 
623718 Staropyshminsk, Sverdlovsk region, Russian Federation
can be seen from the street


  1. Уважаемый Хенк Спасибо! Очень подробно!Замечательно!