b. 1887 in Kyiv, Ukraine
d. 1964 in New York City, New York, USA
Alexander Archipenko was a major twentieth century Ukrainian artist and an enthusiastic advocate of cubism. Between 1902 and 1905, he attended the Kyiv Art School (KKHU), after which he continued his education in the arts as a student of S. Svyatoslavsky during the year of 1906. That same year, Archipenko moved to Moscow, Russia, where he exhibited his work in several group shows. In 1909, he once again relocated, this time to Paris, France. There, between 1909 and 1914, he resided in La Ruche, an artist colony.
After 1910, Archipenko participated in exhibitions at Salon des Independants and Salon D’Automne with Aleksandra Ekster, Kazimir Malevich, Vadym Meller, S. Delaunay-Terk, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Andre Derain. Between 1912 and 1922, Archipenko had work shown in exhibitions across Europe and eventually New York. He immigrated to the United States in 1923 and became an American citizen in 1929. In 1934, he was commissioned to design the Ukrainian Pavilion in Chicago. In 1936, his work was included in a large-scale exhibition in New York City dedicated to Cubism.
Two Figures, 1952
Screenprint, edition unknown
25 1/2” x 15”