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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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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 MariĆ©e, + more
    • Birthplace: Vitebsk, Belarus
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: France, United States of America, Russia, Belarus
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Natalia Goncharova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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    Pavel Nikolayevich Filonov was a Russian avant-garde painter, art theorist, and poet. more

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    • Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union
    • 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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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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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