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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

David Davidovich Burliuk (July 21, 1882January 15, 1967) was a Ukrainian avant-garde artist (Futurist, Neo-Primitivist), book illustrator, publicist, and author associated with Russian Futurism.


David Burliuk was born in Semyrotivka near the village of Riabushky (now Lebedyn District, Sumy Oblast) in Ukraine, brother of Wladimir Burliuk.

From 1898 to 1904 he studied at the Art School Kasan in Odessa, as well as the art college there and at the Royal Academy in Munich.

In 1908 was the exhibition with the group Zveno ("The Link") in Kiev organized by David Burliuk together with Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine, Alexander Bogomazov, Wladimir Burliuk and Aleksandra Ekster.

From 1910 he was the member of the group Jack of Diamonds.

From 1910 to 1911 he attended the Art School in Odessa. After 1911 David concetrated on poetry.

From 1911 to 1913 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (MUZHZV).

In 1911 Burliuk participated in the group exhibition of the Blaue Reiter in Munich, which also included his brother Wladimir.

In 1912 David Burliuk was co-author of the Russian Futurist manifesto A Slap in the Face of Public Taste.

In 1913 he was expelled from the Academy. In the same year D.Burliuk founded the publishing venture of the futuristic writer's group Hylaea.

In 1915 David Burliuk published the book The Support of the Muses in Spring, with illustrations by Lentulov, and by David and Wladimir Burliuk.

From 1915 to 1917 he resided in the Urals with frequent trips to Moscow and Petrograd (St. Petersburg).

In 1917 he participated in an exhibition with the group Jack of Diamonds in the artists' salon in Moscow, which included Aleksandra Ekster and Kazimir Malevich.

From 1918 to 1922 he travelled to the USA via Siberia, Japan, and Canada.

In 1925 Burliuk was a co-founder of the Association of Revolutionary Masters of Ukraine (ARMU) with the members Alexander Bogomazov, Vasiliy Yermilov, Vadym Meller, Alexander Khvostenko-Khvostov, and Palmov Victor.

In 1927 he participated in an exhibition of the Latest Artistic Trends in the Russian Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), together with Malevich, Shevchenko, and Tatlin.

David Burliuk was author of autobiographical sketches My Ancestors, Forty Years: 1890–1930.

In 1909 Burliuk painted a portrait of his future wife, Marussia, on a background of flowers and rocks on the Crimean coast. Many times thereafter he would set the image of his wife to canvas. Without question two dreams possessed his heart all his life: the face of his wife and the portrait of his homeland - first Ukraine and then his adopted country, the United States.

In 1962 he and his wife travelled to Australia where Queensland Art Gallery had his art works exhibition. It was his only Australian exhibition. During his stay there David Burliuk painted some sketches and works with Australian views.

From 1937 to 1966 Burliuk and his wife, Marussia, published Color & Rhyme, a periodical primarily concerned with charting Burliuk's activities.

David Burliuk died on Long Island, New York.


  • A painting (most likely - fictional) by Burliuk appears in the novel "Chapayev and Void" by Viktor Pelevin. The painting is described as a black writing though a stencil of the word GOD.

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