Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union in 1933. He is a Russian-born, American-based artist living and working in Long Island, New York who often collaborates with his artist wife, Emilia Kabakov.
Studied at the VA Surikov Art Academy; Moscow, Russia (graduated 1957)
Career in illustration for children's books (1950's-1980's)
Part of a group of conceptual artists in Moscow working outside the official Soviet art system
First solo exhibition at Dina Vierny Gallery; Paris, France (1985)
Moved to the West (1987)
DAAD Fellowship, Artists-in-Residence Program, German Academic Exchange Service; Berlin, Germany (1989)
Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy, University of Bern; Bern, Switzerland (2000)
Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy, University of Sorbonne; Paris, France (2007)
Life Achievements in Art Medal, Moscow Art Academy; Moscow, Russia (2013)
The Grand Prix, Osten Biennial of Drawings, Skopje 2020; Macedonia (2020)
Ilya Kabakov participated in a collaborative project which was printed by Normal Editions Workshop in the School of Art at Illinois State University in 1999.
Woman as a Fountain: Courtyard Sculpture Project is included in the Marks from the Matrix traveling exhibition available from Normal Editions Workshop.