schedule, painter, arts and crafts, set designer.
Studied at the Drawing School of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts in St. Petersburg at the Ya.F. Tsionglinskogo (1896-1897), in the studio school princess Tenisheva have I. Repin (1897-1900), the Free Studios in St. Petersburg (1904-1906). Lived alternately in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
From 1904 he worked in the pottery workshop Abramtsevo Mamontov led MAVrubel and PK Vaulina, later - in on a potter's workshop Vaulina Kikerino plant near St. Petersburg and workshops Princess Tenisheva in Talashkino. In 1902-1909 was engaged in manufacturing of majolica panels for the facade of the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, in 1914 - for the church to commemorate 300 years of the Romanov dynasty on the street, Poltava, and the church of the Life Guards regiment at the Moscow Sampsonievskii Avenue in St. Petersburg.
Many worked in the field of book and magazine graphics. In 1905-1906 in St. Petersburg drew for the satirical magazine "Galchonok", "Satyricon", "New Satyricon, published the magazine" Mask ". Has worked in publishing "Enlightenment", "Rosa", "Brockhaus-Efron", "Creativity", published by the Community of St. Eugene, performing covers, vignettes, publishing brand. He has designed a book "Calls of antiquity" K.. Balmont (1907), "Seven Fires" Teffi N. (1910), "Satire" Sasha Cherny (1911-1912), "History of painting of all time" Alexander Benois (1911), as well as the collected works of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo, Lope de Vega, W. Scott.
In 1910 he became a member and regular exhibitor (until 1924) of the renewed association "World of Art».
In 1913-1915 worked on the interior decoration of the Yusupov Palace on the Moika. In 1913 participated in the organization of 2-nd All-Russia handicraft exhibition, after which he was invited for the post of consultant of the Division of handicraft industry of the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1913-1917 headed the school of painting on enamel in Rostov and Torzhok, a workshop for the production of artistic furniture in Kologrivov province of Tula.
After the revolution, participated in the agitation design of streets and squares of Petrograd to the first anniversary of the October Revolution. He was a member of the artistic board of the Visual Arts Department Narcompros.
In 1918-1923 and 1925-1927 was the artistic director of the State Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). In 1923-1925 headed the artistic part Novgubfarfora (ex-factory Kuznetsov in the Novgorod province). Realized on samples propaganda porcelain. Engaged in the development of Soviet heraldry, in particular, has created the emblem RSFSR Council of People's Press, paper and silver money. In 1925 took part in the International Exhibition of art and decorative arts in Paris in 1926 - in the All-Union Exhibition of Soviet porcelain in Moscow.
continue in the same lot of work in the field of book illustrations, worked in publishing "Creativity", "Svetozar", "World Literature", published by EI Grzhebina. Participated in exhibitions of book art in Florence (1922) and Leipzig (1927).
In 1928 he emigrated to France, settled in Paris. In the same year exhibited at the Salon d'Automne porcelain. Held solo exhibitions at the salon on the Rue de la Paix (1928) and the gallery "Renaissance" (1929). A participant in many group exhibitions of Russian art: in Berlin (1922), New York (1924), Los Angeles (1925), Tokyo (1927), Brussels (1928), Copenhagen (1929).
in exile turned to theatrical-decorative art. He worked for the theater-cabaret NF Baliyeva "Die Fledermaus" by issuing a series of productions, including "The Blind Musician" (1928-1929), "Ruslan and Ludmila, Glinka (1929). Also collaborated with the Russian Ballet Faith Nemchinov in the Theater des Champs Elysees, designed costumes and scenery for productions Islamey Mily Balakirev and "Snow Maiden" Glazunov. In 1929, he worked for Vogue. In recent years, developed the life sketches of jewelry, furniture, watches, creating images of tissues, studied painting and restoration of porcelain.
Sergei Chekhonin is best known as a painter on porcelain, where he created his own style, and especially the style and school of so-called propaganda porcelain early 1920. Thanks Chekhonin in Russian porcelain of the first two decades of the twentieth century was dominated by orientation to the style of "World of Art" (in essence, the style of Art Nouveau). Left its mark on book art and easel chart. Brilliantly mastered the technique of drawing with a brush.
pronounced stylistic features of art Chekhonin can recognize his work at first glance: a commitment to "own" style of the artist was working steadily, in whatever field he neither worked, down to miniature portraits.
Chekhonin works are in numerous museum collections in Russia and abroad, including in GMII im. Pushkin in Moscow, the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, as well as in private collections.