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Birthplace Imperial Russia; today Ukraine
Year of birth 1879 (1935)
Malevich, a key member of the Russian avant-garde that emerged in the early years of the 20th century, began producing art after moving to Moscow in 1905. In 1915, he unveiled his Suprematist paintings, abstractions featuring black geometric shapes such as squares and circles on white backgrounds, at “The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0.10.” Malevich rejected the representation of real-world objects, and sought to create works through pure artistic sensation.