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Iosef Yusupov

Iosef Yusupov-Cohen is American costume and set designer, painter who was one of artistic directors and conceptual designer for the team of 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia. Curently living in United States.

Iosef was the eldest son of five, born in Samarcand, to Ifraim Yusupov-Cohen, a descendant of Moroccan-born Rabbi Yosef ben Moshe Mammon (Maimon) Maravi.

He received his MFA from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, he designed sets and costumes all over Russia, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union.

His first major success came with the production of Oedipus Rex at the Tadzhik Lakhuti Academic Drama
Theater for which production received the prestigious State Prize of the USSR for the Arts.

Since moving to the United States, he has designed costumes and sets for numerous shows in US and abroad, including plays, operas, movies and TV productions. In 1991 Iosef met theater designer George Tsypin and has worked together with him intermittently as a collaborator and generator of ideas.

Broadway productions include: Little Mermaid, Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 2008

Metropolitan Opera House: Gambler  2001, MTV Music Award 2000, War and Peace 2002, Benvenuto Cellini 2003, Magic Flute 2005, Mazeppa 2006

Internationally his works has been seen at: Lakhuti Theater Tajikistan, Opera Bastille Paris, Theater Vurgun Baku Azerbaijan, Metropolitan House New York, Salzburg Festival Austria, La Scala Milan, Convent Garden London, Mariinsky Theater Saint-Petersburg, Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Opera Australia Sidney, Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, Erfurt Germany, Fisht Olimpic Stadium Sochy Russia.

Iosef has worked with notable directors: Francesca Zambello, Robert Sturua, Peter Sellars, Andrey Konchalovsky, Julie Taymor, Shaig Safarov, Andrew S. Paul, Efim Maizel, Barzy Abdurazakov, Rosemary Andress.

He is a member of United Scenic Artists. Many art works by Iosef Yusupov are in private collections Israel, Russia, USA, Canada and in collection of State Central Theatre Museum of Bakhrushin, Behzod Fine Arts Museum.

Iosef Yusupov lives in New Jersey with his wife Yelena. He has two sons (Daniel – scenic artist, Andrey – doctor).

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