Artist profile

Ivan Kliun

Ivan Kliun was born in 1873 in Bolshie Gorki village (near Moscow). He received his initial art education in Kiev and Warsaw in 1890, while he also served as an accountant. In 1889-1890 he studied at the school of the Society of the Encouragement of the Arts in Warsaw. Subsequently from 1890-1905 he studied art at the studios of F.Rerberg, Il.Mashkov and V.Fisher in Moscow. From 1907 to 1914 he then studied at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Following in 1910 to 1914 he participated in exhibitions of the group of artists Soyuz Molodyozhi (Union of Youth) together with David Burliuk,Wladimir Burliuk, Kazimir Malevich, Pavel Filonov, Vladimir Tatlin, Yuri Annenkov and others. In 1915 Kliun participated in exhibitions of the group Tramway V. In the same year he joined the group of artists Supremus that was led by Malevich. Beginning in 1916, he worked together with artist-suprematists Kazimir Malevich, Aleksandra Ekster, Nina Genke, Liubov Popova, Nadezhda Udaltsova and others at Verbovka Village Folk Centre. From 1917 to 1921 Kliun was Head of the Central Exhibition Bureau of the Fine Arts Department of Narkompros. From 1918 to 1921 he taught at the VKhUTEMAS in Moscow. Ivan Kliun died in 1943, Moscow.


Born in Bolshie Gorki, near Moscow
School of the Society of Encouragement of the Arts in Warsaw
Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg
Taught at the VKhUTEMAS in Moscow
Died in Moscow