Famous Painters from Russia

List of notable or famous painters from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top painters born in Russia and even some popular painters who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian painters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These painters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known painter from Russia is included when available.

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This historic painters from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian painters of note?" and "Who are the most famous painters from Russia?" These prominent painters of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian painters.

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  • Dementy Shmarinov was a graphic artist and painter.
    • Age: Dec. at 92 (1907-1999)
    • Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
  • Fyodor Rokotov
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    Fyodor Stepanovich Rokotov (Fedor Rokotov) (Russian: Фёдор Степа́нович Ро́котов) (1736–December 24, 1808) 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 biography is obscure. He studied art in Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. After buying back his freedom at the end of the 1750s he became established as a fashionable painter. In 1765, Rokotov was elected an Academician, but he did not work as a professor in the Academy long, because it interfered with his painting. He returned to Moscow in 1765, where he lived for the rest of his life. He had a lot of commissions there, becoming one of the best portrait painters of his time. Among his best-known portraits are Portrait of Alexandra Struyskaya (1772), sometimes called the Russian Mona Lisa and admittedly the most celebrated piece of the 18th-century Russian painting; Portrait of Countess Elisabeth Santi (1785), and Lady in a Pink Dress (1770s, illustration, right). Rokotov avoided painting formal portraits with lots of adornments and decorations. Instead he was one of the first Russian painters advancing a psychological portrait with attention to optical and atmospheric effects.
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1736-1808)
    • Birthplace: Russia
  • Igor Vitalyevich Savitsky (Russian: И́горь Вита́льевич Сави́цкий) (4 August 1915 in Kiev, Ukraine, then in Russian Empire – 27 July 1984 in Moscow, Soviet Union) was a Russian painter, archeologist and collector, especially of avant-garde art. He single-handedly founded the State Art Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, named after I.V. Savitsky, an art museum based in Nukus, Uzbekistan.
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1915-1984)
    • Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  • Ivan Aivazovsky
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    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian: Ива́н Константи́нович Айвазо́вский; 29 July 1817 – 2 May 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. Baptized as Hovhannes Aivazian, he was born into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosia in Crimea and was mostly based there. Following his education at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Aivazovsky traveled to Europe and lived briefly in Italy in the early 1840s. He then returned to Russia and was appointed the main painter of the Russian Navy. Aivazovsky had close ties with the military and political elite of the Russian Empire and often attended military maneuvers. He was sponsored by the state and was well-regarded during his lifetime. The saying "worthy of Aivazovsky's brush", popularized by Anton Chekhov, was used in Russia for describing something lovely. He remains highly popular in Russia.One of the most prominent Russian artists of his time, Aivazovsky was also popular outside Russia. He held numerous solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States. During his almost 60-year career, he created around 6,000 paintings, making him one of the most prolific artists of his time. The vast majority of his works are seascapes, but he often depicted battle scenes, Armenian themes, and portraiture. Most of Aivazovsky's works are kept in Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian museums as well as private collections.
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1817-1900)
    • Birthplace: Feodosia, Ukraine
  • Leonid Pasternak
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    Leonid Osipovich Pasternak (born Yitzhok-Leib, or Isaak Iosifovich, Pasternak; Russian: Леони́д О́сипович Пастерна́к, 3 April 1862 (N.S.) – 31 May 1945) was a Russian post-impressionist painter. He was the father of the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak.
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1862-1945)
    • Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
  • Lidiya Vladimirovna Vertinskaya (Russian: Лидия Владимировна Вертинская), born Tsirgvava (Georgian: წირღვავა; Russian: Циргва́ва) (14 April 1923 – 31 December 2013) was a Soviet and Russian actress and artist. Vertinskaya was born of the emigre family of mixed Georgian-Russian origin in Harbin. Her paternal grandparents moved to China from Georgia along with their children while retaining Russian citizenship. Her father Vladimir Konstantinovich Tsirgvava was a Soviet official who served at the Chinese Eastern Railway. He died when Vertinskaya was nine years old. Her mother Lydia Pavlovna Tsirgvava (née Fomina), originally from a Siberian family of Old Believers, was a housewife.In 1940 she met the Russian singer Aleksandr Vertinsky in Shanghai. Although he was 36 years older than her, they got married in two years. In 1943 they emigrated to the Soviet Union. She gave birth to Marianna Vertinskaya (born 1943) and Anastasiya Vertinskaya (born 1944), both successful Russian actresses. In 1955 she graduated from V. I. Surikov Art Institute and started working as an artist. From 1952 on she also appeared in a number of movies, mostly fairy tales. In 1957 Aleksandr Vertinsky died, and she never married again. In 2004 she published a book of memoirs The Blue Bird of Love.Lidiya Vertinskaya died on 31 December 2013 and was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, near her husband.
    • Age: 100
    • Birthplace: Harbin, China