Honored. worker of arts of RSFSR (1948). Member of the CPSU(b) since 1943. He studied in the Petersburg. AH (1899-1908). In 1922-25, rector, in 1926-30 Professor of Leningrad. Vhuteina. From 1947 head. DEP. sculpture industrial art. Monumental and easel sculpture "For Soviet power!" (1932-34), "Steelworkers" (1937), "Farhad" (1949). In 1947, recreated the statue of "Samson" fountain in Peterhof, destroyed during the war.
A Native Of Maykop. He graduated from the Mikhailovsky cadet corps in Voronezh (1896). Studied at vhu at IAH in St. Petersburg (1899-1908) V. A. Beklemishev and G. R. Zaleman. For the competition program of the "Fighters" observed by the Academic Council of a pensioner's trip to Germany, France, Italy (1909-1912). He worked as a shaper in a private foundry (1912). Received 1st prize in the contest of the monument to Minin and Pozharsky in Nizhny Novgorod (1913). Created one of the first in the Soviet sculpture relief portraits of Lenin (1918). Participated in the implementation of Lenin's plan of monumental propaganda, creating the statue "the guard" (Petrograd, 1919) and the sculpture "For Soviet power" (1936-1937).
Actively engaged in social activities (1918-1921): was a member of the Board of the art section of Subprogamme, Chairman of the Union of sculptors and plasterers of Petrograd, the Chairman of the Committee on sculpture of the Union of workers of art, head of sculpture section of the Department of museums and protection of monuments of art and antiquities Narcompros. Taught in AH – vkhutein (the Leningrad, 1922-1930) and higher school of industrial art (1947-1960). The rector and the Dean of the sculpture Department of the school, Professor. Participated in the restoration of the statue of Samson for the Main fountain of Peterhof (1946-1947). Worked in monumental, memorial, monumental and decorative sculpture. The author of the monuments, the sculptured tombs and portraits of the book "the Sculptor about his work" (M., 1949) and articles on fine art. Honored art worker of the RSFSR, people's artist of USSR, full member AH the USSR, laureate of USSR State prizes (1941, 1943, 1950).