Kasimir Malevich, a Russian avant-garde artist, was born on February 23, 1879, in the Kiev Governorate of the Russian Empire.
He started his career painting landscapes, farming and religious scenes after which he enrolled at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture to study art.
Malevich’s seminal works such as Black Square (1915) and Suprematist Composition: White on White (1918) are often cited as some of the first abstract paintings ever produced.
Malevich founded the Suprematist school of abstract painting that had a profound influence on the development of abstract art in the 20th century. Suprematism emphasized geometric forms over representational images or themes to create colorfully dynamic compositions. He is credited with having painted the first geometric totally nonrepresentational picture known as suprematism.
His famous work “Black Square” is a landmark in abstract art history generating controversy and debate amongst artists for years following its debut.
Malevich was also an influential theorist who wrote extensively on art theory including his book “The Non-Objective World,” published in 1927; it expressed how he believed that his idea of Suprematism’s abstraction lay beyond objectivity while creating new visual methods for content in fine arts.
Overall Kasimir Malevich’s innovative approach towards abstract expression shaped future artworks by inspiring young artists devoted to exploring pure aesthetic possibilities devoid of external subject matter leading him to become one of Russia’s most important artistic figures.