Varvara Stepanova was born in 1894 in Kaunas, Lithuania. She studies at Kazan School of Art (1910-1911), where she meets her future husband A. Rodchenko. In 1913-1912 she studies at the Stroganov School of Applied Arts (Moscow), with K. Yuon. After the 1917 Revolution she works in the Museum office of the Department of Fine Arts. She meets the circle of Futurist poets and participates in various literary events. Her poetry and collage works are highly appreciated. In 1919 her work is exhibited in the 5th State Exhibition and also in the 10th State Exhibition.
She participates in philosophical debates, creates costumes and sets for the theater and makes textile and clothing design. Stepanova becomes a member of the Moscow Institute of Artistic Culture (Inkhuk). In 1921 she cofounds with A. Rodchenko and A. Gan the First Working Group of the Constructivists. She participates in the 5×5 = 25 exhibition (Moscow, 1921), her work deals with the mechanical and geometrical analysis of the human figure. She contributes articles on Constructivism for the magazine Lef. She expresses her ideas of a standard clothing production (1923), and teaches at the Textile Faculty of the Higher Technical Artistic Studios (Vkhutemas). In 1925 she makes poster designs in collaboration with V. Mayakovsky. Between 1930-1950 she works as graphic and typographic designer for several publications and printing houses. Stepanova dies in 1958.