Boris Ender

Born: 1893, St Petersburg
Died: 1960, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, designer. Brother of Xenia and Maria Ender. Born in St Petersburg to an agronomist of German descent (1893). Studied at Ivan Bilibin’s studio in St Petersburg (1905–07) and met Mikhail Matiushin and Elena Guro (1911). Studied at the Faculty of History of St Petersburg University (1913–15) and fought in the Russian army in the First World War (1915–17). Studied under Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Kazimir Malevich and Mikhail Matiushin at the State Free Art Studios/VKhUTEMAS in Petrograd (1918–23). Member of Zorved (1923). Worked under Mikhail Matiushin at the department of organic culture of the Institute of Artistic Culture (1923–26) and the physico-physiological laboratory of the Institute of the History of the Arts (1927). Moved to Moscow (1927) and worked primarily as a designer (1930s–40s), planning the layouts of the Soviet pavilions at the World Fair in Paris (1937) and the Exhibition of Industry in Budapest (1949). Evacuated to the Kuznetsk Basin during the Second World War (1941–44). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1923).

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