Ivan Kliun was born in 1873 into a peasant family in Bolshiye Gorki in Vladimir province. He studies with F. Roehrberg (Moscow, 1902-1907), where he meets and befriends Kazimir Malevich and Ilya Mashkov. Kliun shows interest in Realism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Malevich introduces him to the Moscow avant-garde circle, then to Cubo-Futurism and later to Suprematism (1915-1919). In 1915, Kliun signs the manifesto From Cubism to Suprematism: The New Painterly Realism. In 1916-1917 he becomes a member of the Supremus Society.
He participates in Tramway V (1915), and in ” 0.10″ (1915) where his cubist and abstract sculpture is on display for the first time. He participates in the Store (1916), the Knave of Diamonds (1916), and the World of Art (1917) exhibitions among many others. He teaches at the State Free Art Studios (1918-1921). Kliun studies the relationship between form and color. In the late 1920s, influenced by French Purism, he goes back to a figurative style. In the early 1930s his work is realistic in style. In the late 1930s, his son is imprisoned for political activity and Kliun, accused of Formalism, is forced to illustrate books to earn a living. Kliun dies in Moscow in 1943.