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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.
  • Marc Chagall

    Marc Chagall

    I and the Village, White Crucifixion

    BirthplaceVitebsk, Belarus

    Associated periods or movementsFauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism

    NationalityFrance, United States of America, Russia, Belarus

    Art FormsPainting

    Marc Zakharovich Chagall (born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal; 6 July [O.S. 24 June] 1887 – 28... more on Wikipedia

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    #271 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#9 of 101 Famous Expressionist Artists

  • Natalia Goncharova
    Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova (Russian: Ната́лья Серге́евна Гончаро́ва, IPA: [nɐˈtalʲjə... more on Wikipedia

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    #24 of 63 Famous Cubist Artists, Ranked#17 of 200 The Best Olympic Athletes from Russia

  • Ilya Repin

    Ilya Repin

    Portrait of Leonid Nikolayevich Andreyev, Portrait of Vsevolod Mikhailovich Garshin

    BirthplaceChuhuiv, Ukraine

    Associated periods or movementsRealism, Realism

    NationalityRussia, Russian Empire

    Art FormsSculpture, Painting

    Ilya Yefimovich Repin (Russian: Илья́ Ефи́мович Ре́пин, tr. Il'ya Yefimovich Repin, IPA:... more on Wikipedia
  • Lyubov Popova

    Lyubov Popova

    Subject From a Dyer's Shop, Painterly Architectonic

    BirthplaceRussian Empire

    Associated periods or movementsCubo-Futurism, Cubism, Suprematism


    Art FormsPainting

    Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova (Russian: Любо́вь Серге́евна Попо́ва; April 24, 1889 – May 25, 1924)... more on Wikipedia
  • Mikhail Larionov

    Acacias in Spring, Portrait of Aleksei Kruchenykh

    BirthplaceTiraspol, Transnistria

    Associated periods or movementsRayonism, Cubism


    Art FormsPainting

    Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov (Russian: Михаи́л Фёдорович Ларио́нов; June 3, 1881 – May 10,... more on Wikipedia
  • Pavel Filonov
    Pavel Nikolayevich Filonov (Russian: Па́вел Никола́евич Фило́нов, IPA: [ˈpavʲɪl... more on Wikipedia
  • Ilya Kabakov

    Ilya Kabakov

    The Man Who Flew into His Picture

    BirthplaceDnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art, Neo-conceptual art, Conceptual art

    NationalityUnited States of America, Russia

    Art FormsInstallation art, Painting, Drawing

    Ilya Kabakov (Russian: Илья́ Ио́сифович Кабако́в; born September 30, 1933), is a Russian -... more on Wikipedia
  • Wassily Kandinsky

    Wassily Kandinsky

    Composition VII, Composition VIII

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Associated periods or movementsGerman Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Abstract art, Expressionism

    NationalityFrance, Russia

    Art FormsPainting

    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (; Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский, tr. Vasíliy... more on Wikipedia

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    #10 of 22 Weird Personal Quirks of Historical Artists#26 of 31 The Greatest Painters Of All Time

  • Isadora Duncan

    Isadora Duncan

    Angela Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 or May 27, 1878 – September 14, 1927) was an American and... more on Wikipedia


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  • El Lissitzky

    El Lissitzky

    Self-Portrait, Design for USSR under Construction

    BirthplacePochinok, Smolensk Oblast, Russia

    Associated periods or movementsSuprematism

    NationalityRussia, Germany

    Art FormsPhotography, Painting

    Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, was a Russian artist, designer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Romain de Tirtoff
    Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexandre Michon
    Alexander Mishon (Russian: Александр Михайлович Мишон; 5 July 1858, in Kharkiv – 5 July 1921,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ivan Aivazovsky

    Ivan Aivazovsky

    The Landing at SubashI, The Battle of Chesma

    BirthplaceFeodosia, Ukraine

    Associated periods or movementsRomanticism

    NationalityUkraine, Russia, Armenia, Russian Empire

    Art FormsPainting, Drawing

    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: Ива́н Константи́нович Айвазо́вский; 29 July 1817 – 2... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexej von Jawlensky

    Alexej von Jawlensky

    Head, Woman's Head

    BirthplaceTorzhok, Russia

    Associated periods or movementsGerman Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter

    NationalityRussia, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky (Russian: Алексе́й Гео́ргиевич Явле́нский Alekséy... more on Wikipedia
  • Nicholas Roerich

    Nicholas Roerich

    Guests from Overseas, Buddha the Conqueror

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia


    Art FormsPainting

    Nicholas Roerich (; October 9, 1874 – December 13, 1947) – known also as Nikolai... more on Wikipedia
  • Maria Prymachenko

    Rat on a Journey, Lion

    BirthplaceIvankiv Raion, Ukraine

    Associated periods or movementsNaïve art

    Art FormsPainting

    Maria Pryimachenko (Ukrainian: Примаченко Марія Оксентіївна) (1908–1997) was a Ukrainian... more on Wikipedia
  • Aleksandr Petrov
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Petrov (also Alexander or Alexandre) (Russian: Александр... more on Wikipedia
  • Viktor Vasnetsov

    Viktor Vasnetsov

    Moving House, Alionushka

    BirthplaceKirov, Russia

    Associated periods or movementsModernism, Symbolist literature


    Art FormsPainting

    Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov (Russian: Ви́ктор Миха́йлович Васнецо́в; May 15 (N.S.), 1848 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexandre Jacovleff
    Alexandre Yevgenievich Jacovleff (also spelt Iacovleff or Yakovlev, Russian: Александр... more on Wikipedia
  • Naum Gabo

    Naum Gabo

    Head of a Woman, Torsion

    BirthplaceBryansk, Eurasia, Russia, Bryansk Oblast

    NationalityUnited States of America, Russia

    Art FormsSculpture

    Naum Gabo, born Naum Neemia Pevsner (5 August [O.S. 24 July] 1890 – 23 August 1977) (Hebrew:... more on Wikipedia
  • Mikhail Kaufman
    Mikhail Abramovich Kaufman (Russian: Михаи́л Абра́мович Ка́уфман; 1897 – March 11, 1980) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ilya Chashnik

    Ilya Chashnik

    Ilya Grigorevich Chashnik (1902, Lucyn, Russian Empire, currently Ludza, Latvia - 1929,... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexey Leonov
    Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov (Russian: Алексе́й Архи́пович Лео́нов, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksʲej... more on Wikipedia
  • Aleksandra Ekster

    BirthplaceBiałystok, Poland

    Associated periods or movementsCubism, Futurism, Suprematism

    NationalityRussian Empire

    Art FormsPainting

    Aleksandra Aleksandrovna Ekster (Russian: Александра Александровна Экстер, Ukrainian:... more on Wikipedia
  • Vsevolod Meyerhold
    Vsevolod Emilyevich Meyerhold (Russian: Все́волод Эми́льевич Мейерхо́льд, romanized: Vsévolod... more on Wikipedia