Arcadie Lochakow was the son of a photographer. He left home at a young age for Odessa, where he studied painting at the School of Fine Arts. He taught gymnastics in Argeiev, his native town, in order to resolve financial difficulties he was facing. When World War I broke out, he was mobilized on the Russian front and became an officer. In 1920, Lochakow arrived in Paris with his friend, poet David Knut. Two years later, he exhibited his work at the Salon d’Automne, Salon des Indépendants, and Salon des Tuileries. He was a loner and lived with his friend in a hotel room. He worked part time in a photography studio to earn his living and dedicated the rest of his time to painting. Arcadie Lochakow died on October 5, 1941 in a hotel in Paris, as a result of malnutrition. After he died, all his works were sold at auction.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015