Vladimir Burliuk was born in Chernyanka (Ukraine) in 1886, into an artistic family. His mother, Lyudmila Mikhnevich and his five brothers had all artistic inclinations. Together with his brother David, he studies at the Art School in Kazan, and later continues his studies in Odessa. In 1903 Vladimir and his brother David leave for Munich to study with Anton Ažbè. In Munich the Burliuk brothers meet the artistic colony and befriend with Kandinsky. Burliuk is among the founding members of the Union of Youth (1910), and of Jack of Diamonds. He participates in various exhibitions such as Link (1908), the Vladimir Izdebsky Salons (1909-1911) and the Neue Künstlervereinigung (Munich) in 1910-1911, among others.
As of 1911 his style changes, and from what can be described as Neo-Primitivism he moves onwards and approaches various avant-garde movements, especially Cubism, as attest his illustrations for Futurist publications such as Sadok Sudey for example. In 1912 Vladimir participates in the Blau Reiter exhibition. In 1913 the Burliuk brothers take part in the Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon (Berlin) organized by Herwarth Walden, with the participation of several Italian Futurists. In 1914 Vladimir has his work on display at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. During the First World War Vladimir Burliuk joins the Russian army (1915) and dies in Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1917.