This Self Portrait Sergey Dumenko painted in 1974 masterfully using a black pencil. Sergey Dumenko (1909-1992), painter, graphic, portraitist was a representative of Socialist Realism. Socialist Realism Art was prevailing in the Soviet Union from 1932 to the mid-1980. Socialist Realism follows the great tradition of 19th century Russian realism in that it purports to be a faithful and objective mirror of life. Socialist Realism thus looks back to Romanticism in that it encourages a certain heightening and idealizing of heroes and events to shape the consciousness of the masses.