David Burliuk 1882 - 1967 American, born Ukraine Illustrators, Writer/Poets
David Burliuk was among the most active and influential of the Russian Futurists in the years immediately preceding WWI. He and other forward-looking artists adamantly rejected academic realism in favor of Post-Impressionist and Cubist idioms, while promoting a new appreciation of indigenous folk art and art of ancient and non-Western peoples. Burliuk spent time in Germany when he was a founding member of the Expressionist groups Der Blaue Reiter and Der Sturm. He quit his homeland in 1922 toward the end of the Russian Civil War. After making his way to Siberia, he wrote, lectured, and organized exhibitions in Japan, then immigrated to the United States in 1924 and settled in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Burliuk remained in Manhattan until 1940, and cultivated a style of “ethnographic” realism derived from his appreciation for the daily life of the many immigrants in the area. Desiring a quieter environment, he relocated to Hampton Bays in 1941, where he directed a private art gallery and published an art magazine, Color and Rhyme. His move to the East End influenced others to establish studios in the region, among them fellow émigré painters Nicolai Cikovsky and the brothers Raphael and Moses Soyer. The individual and communal activities of this “Hampton Bays Art Group”—a self-adopted moniker for artists including Milton Avery, George Constant, and Arshile Gorky—have been documented in the exhibition Bohemian Paradise: David Burliuk, Nicolai Cikovsky and the Hampton Bays Art Group, at the Long Island Museum (2008). [Gregory Galligan]
Russian-born painter David Burliuk moved in 1941 from New York City to Hampton Bays, where he painted and directed a private art gallery until his death in 1967.