Ivan Puni was born in Kuokkala (then Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire, now Repino in Russia) to a family of Italian origins. He is the grandson of an eminent Italian composer of ballet music, Cesare Pugni.
In 1909-1910 he studied in various workshops, including the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1915 Puni together with the group of avant-garde artists (Aleksandra Ekster, Liubov Popova, Ivan Kliun, Ksenia Boguslavskaya, Olga Rozanova, Nadezhda Udaltsova, Nina Genke and others) joined Supremus, a group led by the founder of Suprematism Kazimir Malevich.
In 1915-1916 Puni, together with other suprematist artists, worked at Verbovka Village Folk Centre.
He was married to Ksenia Boguslavskaya.
Ivan Puni (Jean Pougny) died in Paris in 1956.
- ru: Русская живопись // Пуни Иван Альбертович (1892—1956)
- ru: Пуни Иван Альбертович (1892—1956)
- ru: ПУНИ Иван (Жан) Альбертович / Pougny Jean
- Kuokkala at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)
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