Malevich, Kazimir

Kazimir Malevich, Polish-Ukrainian painter, 1878-1935

Kazimir Malevich was a Polish-Ukrainian painter and art theoretician. He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement. In April 2002 the painting was auctioned for an equivalent of US$1 million. On 3 November 2008 a work by Malevich entitled Suprematist Composition from 1916 set the world record for any Russian work of art and any work sold at auction for that year, selling at Sotheby's in New York City for just over US$60 million (surpassing his previous record of US$17 million set in 2000).