Ilya Kabakov

Born in Dnepopetrovsk, USSR, in 1933, Ilya Kabakov graduated from the V. A. Surikov Art Academy, Moscow, in 1957, and joined the Soviet Artists' Union in 1965. After winning numerous prizes for his art all over the world and on both sides of the Iron Curtain--particularly after the late-80s onset of perestroika allowed him to build a career in the West--Kabakov settled in New York in 1992, where he continues to live and work, along with his wife, Emilia.