Born 1945, USSR
Graduated from Dnepropetrovsk Music Conservatory and Moscow University, Spanish Language and Literature.
Emigrated from USSR in 1973.
Has been living and working in USA since 1975.
Worked in New York as art advisor/curator.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have been working together since 1989.
They received numerous honors and awards:
2020 – The Grand Prix Osten Biennial of Drawings, Skopje, Makedonia,
2018 – The Art Newspaper, Prize for The Best Exhibition at Tate Modern, London (The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, The Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow),
2015 – Award for Excellence in Arts, Appraisers Association of America, Inc. New York,
2014 – Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,
1995 – Chevalier De L’Odre Des Arts et Des Letters, France,
2013 – Gold Medal for Achievements in Art, The National Arts Club, New York
2013 – Medals for Life and Achievements in Art, Moscow
2011 – Innovation prize, Moscow, Russia,
2010 – Cartier Prize, St. Moritz, Switzerland,
2008 – The Praemium Imperiale, Japan,
2008 – The Orden Of Friendship, Moscow, Russia,
2002 – Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Vienna,
1995 – Chevalier de L’Odre des Arts et des Lettres, France, etc.
They are Honorary Academics of Vienna Art University, Moscow Art Academy, Sorbonne University, Paris, Bern University, Switzerland.

Works are in the collections of:
Guggenheim Museum, NY,
Tate Modern, London,
Columbus Museum, Ohio, USA,
MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy,
MUMOK Museum, Vienna, Austria,
Bern Museum, Basel Museum,
Zug Kunsthaus, Switzerland,
The State Museum Hermitage,
Tretjakov Gallery, Russia,
Abu Dhabi Royal Collection,
Sharjah Museum, UAE,
Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam,
National Museum of Norway,
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France,
Vanabbenmuseum, Einhoven, Holland,
and many other museums and private collections.

Permanent public projects:
Echigo Tsumari, Nagoya, Japan,
Kistefos Sculpture Park, Norway,
Napoli, San Gimignano, Italy,
Basel, Zug, Switzerland,
Seoul, Korea,
Amsterdam, Utrecht, Holland,
Monument To The Emigrants from Europe to America in Germany,
Monument To The City Of Bourdeaux, The City of Orli,
Monument To Division Normandy-Neman, France.

In the last 32 years Ilya & Emilia Kabakov had personal exhibitions:
Tate Modern, London,
The Grand Palais, Pompidou, Paris,
MAXXI Museum, Rome,
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington,
Garage, Multimedia Museum, Pushkin Museum Moscow,
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg,
Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow,
Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam,
MOMA Museum and Guggenheim Museum, New York, etc.

They are represented by the galleries:
PACE GALLERY (New York, London),
Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery (Paris, London, Salzburg, Seoul),
Lia Rumma Gallery (Milan, Napoli),
Niccolo Sprovieri Gallery (London),
Brigitte Schenk Gallery (Köln).