Ilya Chashnik

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Ilya Grigorevich Chashnik
BornJune 26, 1902
DiedMarch 4, 1929
EducationUNOVIS school

Ilya Grigorevich Chashnik (1902, Lucyn, Russian Empire, currently Ludza, Latvia - 1929, Leningrad) was a suprematist artist, a pupil of Kazimir Malevich and a founding member of the UNOVIS school.[1][2]


"Suprematism", 1923

Chashnik was born to a Jewish family in 1902, Lucyn, Russian Empire, currently Ludza, Latvia. He started studying in Yehuda Pen's art school at Vitebsk when he was just eleven years old.[3] He became a student of Marc Chagall.[3] By 1918, he moved to Moscow to work in an art workshop directed by Kazimir Malevich.[3] He returned after Malevich accepted a senior teaching position at Vitebsk School of Drawing and Painting.[3]

Chashnik was notably able in a variety of media. Aleksandra Semenovna Shatskikh describes him as "famous for his inexhaustible inventiveness and ability to apply Suprematist principles to virtually all forms of art, including easel painting."[4] He painted, was proficient in metalwork, and designed ceramics produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory (then known as the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory).[4][5] Chasnik, along with Nikolai Suetin, was recruited by the factory during his time as a UNOVIS member.[6]

He died in 1929 in Leningrad, at the age of 27.

The University of Texas at Austin held an exhibition dedicated to his works in 1981.[7]



  1. ^ Илья Чашник - Живопись 20 века (in Russian). Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Ilya Chashnik - Biography and works". Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Retrieved 2010-06-26. With Suetin he planned the working class residential area of the Bolshevik factory in that city and he was closely linked to all the group of painters who made up the *Russian avant-gardes*; he was a founder member of the UNOVIS, whose initial programme contemplated the need to create new forms that would allow the construction of a new society.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ilya Chashnik". Greyscape. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  4. ^ a b Aleksandra Semenovna Shatskikh (2007). Vitebsk: the life of art. Yale University Press. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-300-10108-9.
  5. ^ Gordon Campbell (2006). The Grove encyclopedia of decorative arts, Volume 1. Oxford University Press. p. 306. ISBN 978-0-19-518948-3.
  6. ^ Souter, Gerry (2012). Malevich. New York: Parkstone International. p. 197. ISBN 978-1-78042-926-7.
  7. ^ Texas Monthly Apr 1981. Texas Monthly, published by Emmis Communications. 1981. p. 24.

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  • Чашник Илья Григорьевич (1902-1929), ленинградский художник, ученик К. Малевича. Первая монография о мастере. (publ. 2002), ISBN 5-85164-077-4