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!).
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.
* Entry on top-50.ru with pictures (december 2014)
* Video by Telekanal Zvezda (july 2010), as on RuTube
Odinarka straat, 4,
623718 Staropyshminsk, Sverdlovsk region, Russian Federation
can be seen from the street