b. 1878, Kiev, Russia – d. 1935, Leningrad, Soviet Union.
He studied (1895) at the Kiev School of Drawing. In 1904, he went in Moscow where he studied (1906-10) at the studio of Fedor Rerberg. In 1910 he participated in the exhibition Jack of Diamonds and the next years he participated in many avant-garde exhibitions. He designed (1913) the set for the production of the opera by Aleksei Kruchenukh and Michail Matiushin, Victory over the Sun. He followed the cubo-futurism from 1912-13. In 1915, he first showed suprematist paintings and published his first theoretical essay From Cubism and Futurism to Suprematism: The New Painterly Realism. In 1918 he joined Anarchy newspaper and was an active member of IZO NARKOMPROS. From 1919 to 1922, he lived in Vitebsk. He wrote On New Systems in Art and established the UNOVIS School. In 1922, he moved in Petrograd and joined INKhUK. In 1927 he travelled in Berlin. In the late 1920s and 1930, he worked in a post-suprematist style.
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