Alexander Bogomazov was born in 1880 in Ukraine. He studies at the Kherson Institute for Agriculture and at the Kiev Art School, where he befriends Archipenko. His early work (landscapes and portraits) is mainly Symbolist. In 1910 his developed colorist expression leads him to create Fauvist – Expressionist works. His pictorial creations are animated by deep spiritualism. His landscapes (urban scenes and mountains) are influenced by German Expressionism. Being one of the few artists that reached a pure Futurist creation without having suffered the influence of Cubism, Bogomazov’s artistic evolution can be compared to that of Umberto Boccioni.
In 1913-1915 his works are Futurist in style. They represent shattered objects which allow abstract forms to appear. In 1914 he publishes his theoretical essay “Painting and its Elements” which is later translated into many languages. In his treatise appears for the first time the symbolic “black square” conceived as the “totality of the signs of art”. Between1913-1917 he travels to the Caucasus and earns a living giving drawing lessons. His work at the time is considered as one of the finest examples of Futurist-Symbolist tendency. In 1922 he teaches at the Kiev Art Institute. In the late 1920s he goes back to a figurative style that can be interpreted as post-Futurist.