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Famous Artists from Russia

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List of the most popular artists from Russia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Russian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Russian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples of artists on this list include Nina Silaeva and Anatolii Ivanovich Sivkov.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Russia?" and "Who are the most well-known Russian artists?"

For further information on these historic Russian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Russian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Marc Chagall
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    Marc Zakharovich Chagall was a Russian-French artist. Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century". An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including ...more

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    • Artworks: I and the Village, White Crucifixion, The Circus Rider, Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers, La Mariée, + more
    • Birthplace: Eastern Europe, Rus', Europe, Vitsebsk, Vitebsk, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: France, United States of America, Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Natalia Goncharova
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    Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova was a Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer. Her great-aunt was Nataliya Nikolaevna Goncharova, wife of the poet Alexander Pushkin.more

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    • Birthplace: Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism
    • Nationality: France, Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Ilya Repin
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    Ilya Yefimovich Repin was a Russian realist painter. He was the most renowned Russian artist of the 19th century, when his position in the world of art was comparable to that of Leo Tolstoy in literature. He played a major role in bringing Russian art into the mainstream of European culture. His major ...more

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    • Artworks: Portrait of Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev, Portrait of Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin, Portrait of Alexey Bogolyubov, Portrait of the painter Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky, Self-Portrait, + more
    • Birthplace: Chuhuiv, Ukraine
    • Associated periods or movements: Realism, Realism
    • Nationality: Russia, Russian Empire
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Lyubov Popova

    Lyubov Popova
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    Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova was a Russian avant-garde artist, painter and designer.more

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    • Artworks: Subject From a Dyer's Shop, Painterly Architectonic
    • Birthplace: Russian Empire
    • Associated periods or movements: Cubo-Futurism, Cubism, Suprematism
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov was an avant-garde Russian painter.more

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    • Artworks: Acacias in Spring, Portrait of Aleksei Kruchenykh, Self-Portrait, Red Rayonism
    • Birthplace: Tiraspol, Moldova
    • Associated periods or movements: Rayonism, Cubism
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Pavel Filonov
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    Pavel Nikolayevich Filonov was a Russian avant-garde painter, art theorist, and poet.more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Ilya Kabakov, is a Soviet-born American conceptual artist, born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. He worked for thirty years in Moscow, from the 1950s until the late 1980s. He now lives and works on Long Island. Throughout his forty-year plus career, Kabakov has produced a wide range of paintings, drawings, ...more

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    • Artworks: The Man Who Flew into His Picture
    • Birthplace: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Neo-conceptual art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America, Russia
    • Art Forms: Installation art, Painting, Drawing
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    Wassily Kandinsky
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    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his ...more

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    • Artworks: Composition VII, Composition VIII, The Blue Rider, The White Dot, Autumn II, + more
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Abstract art, Expressionism
    • Nationality: France, Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Isadora Duncan
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    Angela Isadora Duncan was an American dancer. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe after being exiled from the United States for her pro-Soviet sympathies. Duncan's fondness for ...more

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    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Nationality: France, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, United States of America, Russia
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    Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, typographer, polemicist and architect. He was an important figure of the Russian Avant Garde, helping develop suprematism with his mentor, Kazimir Malevich, and designing numerous exhibition displays ...more

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    • Artworks: Self-Portrait, Design for USSR under Construction, Photogram, The Runner [Record], Composition, + more
    • Birthplace: Pochinok, Smolensk Oblast, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Suprematism
    • Nationality: Russia, Germany
    • Art Forms: Photography, Painting
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    Romain de Tirtoff was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set ...more

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    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Deco
    • Nationality: France, Russia
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    Alexandre Michon
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    Alexander Mishon was a Russian photographer and cinematographer. Born to a French family in Kharkiv, he started his career as a photographer and owned a photo studio in his hometown. He later settled in Baku and lived there for 25 years. Here, in 1898, he shot his first films using a Lumiere ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ukraine, Kharkiv, Eurasia, Kharkiv Oblast, Soviet Union
    • Nationality: Russian Empire
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    Ivan Aivazovsky
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    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was an Russian Empire Romantic painter. He is considered one of the greatest marine artists in history. Baptized as Hovhannes Aivazian, Aivazovsky was born into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia and was mostly based in his native Crimea. Following his ...more

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    • Artworks: The Landing at SubashI, The Battle of Chesma, The Ninth Wave
    • Birthplace: Feodosia, Ukraine
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism
    • Nationality: Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Russian Empire
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Alexej von Jawlensky
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    Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky was a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany. He was a key member of the New Munich Artist's Association, Der Blaue Reiter group and later the Die Blaue Vier.more

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    • Artworks: Head, Woman's Head, Head, Mystical Head: Andrej, Head: Red Light, + more
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Tver Oblast, Russia, Torzhok
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter
    • Nationality: Russia, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Nicholas Roerich
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    Nicholas Roerich – known also as Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh – was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, perceived by some in Russia as an enlightener, philosopher, and public figure, who in his youth was influenced by a movement in Russian society around the occult. He was ...more

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    • Artworks: Guests from Overseas, Buddha the Conqueror, Saint Panteleimon the Healer
    • Birthplace: Northwestern Federal District, Eurasia, Russia, Saint Petersburg
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Maria Prymachenko

    Ukranian Naif Painter, subject of centenary exhibitions in 2009.more

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    • Artworks: Rat on a Journey, Lion, Vania and Katia, Galia and a cossack, Blue bull, + more
    • Birthplace: Ivankiv Raion, Ukraine
    • Associated periods or movements: Naïve art
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Petrov is a Russian animator and animation director.more

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    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
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    Viktor Vasnetsov
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    Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov was a Russian artist who specialized in mythological and historical subjects. He is considered the co-founder of Russian folklorist and romantic modernist painting and a key figure in the revivalist movement.more

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    • Artworks: Moving House, Alionushka, Knight at the Crossroads, Bogatyr, Peasant Singers, + more
    • Birthplace: Kirov, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alexandre Jacovleff
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    Alexandre Yevgenievich Jacovleff was a Russian neoclassicist painter, draughtsman, designer and etcher.more

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    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism
    • Nationality: France, Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Naum Gabo
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    Naum Gabo KBE, born Naum Neemia Pevsner was a prominent Russian sculptor in the Constructivism movement and a pioneer of Kinetic Art.more

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    • Artworks: Head of a Woman, Torsion, Variation, Circular Relief, Red Stone, + more
    • Birthplace: Bryansk, Eurasia, Russia, Bryansk Oblast
    • Nationality: United States of America, Russia
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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