Attended SCIAI (1899-1905). Went to Paris, enrolling in private studios such as Eugene Carriere’s (1905-1906). Visited England, Spain, Egypt, and Turkey. Returned to Moscow and completed his education at SCIAI, before entering MIPSA to study under Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov (1907-09). Participated in many exhibitions such as “Moscow Association of Artists,” “World of Art.” “Donkey’s Tail,” “Target,” “No. 4,” “Makovets” (1910s-20s). 1910-14 close to Mikhail Larionov and his colleagues; interest in national artistic traditions, including icons, frescos, and folk art, toys, and store signs. Also interested in the painting of Cezanne, Derain, Picasso and Van Dongen. Professor at USAA (1920).