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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?"

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Marc Chagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
I and the Village, White Crucifixion, The Circus Rider 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, ...more

Natalia Goncharova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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 ...more

Ilya Repin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Portrait of Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev, Portrait of Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin, Portrait of Alexey Bogolyubov 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 ...more

Lyubov Popova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Lyubov Popova Subject From a Dyer's Shop, Painterly Architectonic Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova was a Russian avant-garde artist, painter and designer.

Mikhail Larionov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Acacias in Spring, Portrait of Aleksei Kruchenykh, Self-Portrait Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov was an avant-garde Russian painter.

Pavel Filonov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Pavel Nikolayevich Filonov was a Russian avant-garde painter, art theorist, and poet.

Ilya Kabakov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
The Man Who Flew into His Picture 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 ...more

Wassily Kandinsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Composition VII, Composition VIII, The Blue Rider 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 ...more

Isadora Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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 ...more

El Lissitzky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Self-Portrait, Design for USSR under Construction, Photogram 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 ...more

Romain de Tirtoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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 ...more

Alexandre Michon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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 ...more

Ivan Aivazovsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
The Landing at SubashI, The Battle of Chesma, The Ninth Wave 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 ...more

Alexej von Jawlensky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Head, Woman's Head, Head 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 ...more

Nicholas Roerich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Guests from Overseas, Buddha the Conqueror, Saint Panteleimon the Healer 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 ...more

Maria Prymachenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Maria Prymachenko Rat on a Journey, Lion, Vania and Katia Ukranian Naif Painter, subject of centenary exhibitions in 2009.

Aleksandr Petrov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Aleksandr Konstantinovich Petrov is a Russian animator and animation director.

Viktor Vasnetsov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Moving House, Alionushka, Knight at the Crossroads 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 ...more

Alexandre Jacovleff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Alexandre Yevgenievich Jacovleff was a Russian neoclassicist painter, draughtsman, designer and etcher.

Naum Gabo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Head of a Woman, Torsion, Variation Naum Gabo KBE, born Naum Neemia Pevsner was a prominent Russian sculptor in the Constructivism movement and a pioneer of Kinetic Art.

Mikhail Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Mikhail Abramovich Kaufman was a Russian cinematographer and photographer. He was the younger brother of filmmaker Dziga Vertov and the older brother of cinematographer Boris Kaufman. He was ...more

Ilya Chashnik is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Ilya Chashnik Il'ya Chashnik (1902-1929) was a Russian sculptor, painter, and graphic artist.

Alexey Leonov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov is a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity, exiting the capsule ...more

Aleksandra Ekster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Robot Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Ekster, also known as Alexandra Exter, was a Russian-French painter and designer.

Vsevolod Meyerhold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Vsevolod Emilevich Meyerhold was a Russian and Soviet theatre director, actor and theatrical producer. His provocative experiments dealing with physical being and symbolism in an unconventional ...more

Vladimir Baranov-Rossine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Wladimir Davidovich Baranoff-Rossine was a Russian-French painter, avant-garde artist, and inventor.

Valentin Serov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Children, Portrait of Italian singer Angelo Masini, Pavel Chistyakov Valentin Alexandrovich Serov was a Russian painter, and one of the premier portrait artists of his era.

Mikhail Vrubel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Six-winged Seraph, Demon Seated in a Garden, Flying Demon Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel is usually regarded amongst the Russian painters of the Symbolist movement. In reality, he deliberately stood aloof from contemporary art trends, so that the origin ...more

Ivan Kliun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Ivan Kliun Suprematism Ivan Kliun was a Russian painter, avant-garde artist, graphic artist and sculptor.

Peter Carl Fabergé is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Empire Nephrite Peter Carl Fabergé, also known as "Karl Gustavovich Fabergé", was a Russian jeweller, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter ...more

Fyodor Rokotov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Portrait of Alexandra Struyskaya Fyodor Stepanovich Rokotov was a distinguished Russian painter who specialized in portraits. Fyodor Rokotov was born into a family of peasant serfs, belonging to the Repnins. Much in his ...more

Vladimir Shukhov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Vladimir Grigoryevich Shukhov was a Russian engineer-polymath, scientist and architect renowned for his pioneering works on new methods of analysis for structural engineering that led to ...more

Roman Vishniac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Entrance to the Old Ghetto, Kraków Roman Vishniac was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. A complete archive of his work now ...more

Tamara Toumanova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Tamara Toumanova was a prominent Russian American prima ballerina and actress. A child of exiles in Paris after the Russian Revolution of 1917, she made her debut at the age of 10 at the ...more

Vasily Vereshchagin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Before the attack, Triumph, Picket on the Danube Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin was one of the most famous Russian war artists and one of the first Russian artists to be widely recognized abroad. The graphic nature of his realist scenes led ...more

Alexei Butirskiy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
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Vasily Surikov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Feodosia Morozova, March of Suvorov through the Alps, Menshikov in Berezov Vasily Ivanovich Surikov was the foremost Russian painter of large-scale historical subjects. His major pieces are among the best-known paintings in Russia. Surikov was born in Krasnoyarsk, ...more

Leonid Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Portrait of Leo Tolstoy, He Will Wait, The Golden Autumn Leonid Pasternak is the father of Boris Pasternak.

Anna Pavlova is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Anna Pavlovna Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei ...more

David Burliuk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Portrait of Vasily Kamensky, Revolution, Horses David Davidovich Burliuk was a Ukrainian Futurist, Neo-Primitivist, book illustrator, publicist, and author associated with Russian Futurism. Burliuk is often described as "the father of ...more

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-G... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Slava Mogutin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Slava Mogutin is a New York-based Russian artist and author, who works across different media, including photography, video, text, installation, sculpture, and painting.

Lazar Khidekel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Lazar Khidekel Lazar' Khidekel (1904-1986) was a Belorussian architect and painter.

Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Trinity Andrei Rublev is considered to be the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescos.

Alexander Rodchenko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
The Stairs, Winter, Teatralnaia Square Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design; he was married to the artist ...more

Yuri Annenkov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Yury Pavlovich Annenkov; 23 July [O.S. 11 July 1889] 1889 in Petropavlovsk, Russian Empire – 12 July 1974 in Paris, France, was a Russian artist mostly known for his book illustrations and ...more

Anna Kagan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Anna Alexandrovna Kagan (1902-1974) was a Russian painter, graphic artist and ceramics artist.

Michail Grobman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Michail Grobman Michail Grobman is an artist and a poet working in Israel and Russia. He is father to Hollywood producer Lati Grobman and Israeli architect Yasha Jacob Grobman.

Ivan Kramskoi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Ivan Kramskoi Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Christ in the Desert Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi was a Russian painter and art critic. He was an intellectual leader of the Russian democratic art movement in 1860-1880.

Viktor Hartmann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from Russia
Viktor Hartmann The Paris Catacombs, The Baba Yaga Clock, The Rich Jew Viktor Alexandrovich Hartmann was a Russian architect and painter. He was associated with the Abramtsevo Colony, purchased and preserved beginning in 1870 by Savva Mamontov, and the Russian