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Fechin Museum

227 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571
Fechin Institute

In 1927 Nicolai Fechin joined the growing number of artists moving to Taos. His origins, however, were more exotic than the American-born, European-trained artists that had "discovered" Taos.

Nicolai Fechin was born in 1881 in Kazan, Russia. His father was a talented woodcarver who built elaborate church altars. Fechin's talent for art grew out of his work as a young boy in his father's shop. He studied at the Art Academy in Petrograd for seven years and began teaching art himself. In 1923 Fechin and his family left for New York. Art patrons there were already familiar with his work from his participation in several American exhibits beginning in 1910.

Newly made friends introduced him to the American West in 1926. The following summer, Fechin moved his family to Taos. He completely reconstructed the interior of his adobe home between 1927-1933, adding his own distinctly Russian wood carvings and creating one of the most unusual and beautiful Taos homes open to the public. The furniture, doors, windows, corbels and beams were all crafted by Fechin's hand.

He was a prolific artist, often working around the clock. His paintings, drawings and sculptures are in museums and collections worldwide. In addition to viewing the extraordinary home, visitors may also see original examples of Fechin's artwork. Additionally, one special exhibition of his work is held annually in conjunction with the Taos Arts Festival. The Fechin House also hosts exhibits of oriental art, as well as work by internationally-known artists, frequent chamber music events and art workshops.

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