Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, The Two Times, #3, 2015, oil on canvas, 9' 4" × 6' 3" (284.5 cm × 190.5 cm) © Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov


Ilya Kabakov
b. 1933, Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union
Emilia Kabakov
b. 1945, Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union



Ilya and Emilia Kabakov base their multidisciplinary practice on the intersection of quotidian and conceptual elements and spans drawing, painting, and installation.

Ilya previously worked as a children’s book illustrator, and was part of a group of Russian artists in Moscow working outside the Soviet system. Emilia was trained in Spanish literature and music, and worked in New York as an art dealer and curator beginning in the 1970s. Their work has been collaborative since they were married in 1992. Although their background in Soviet society informs their practice, the subject matter extends beyond that experience of the social and cultural context of their past to engage universal themes of memory, fantasy, and illusion.


Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, The Six Paintings about the Temporary Loss of Eyesight (The Scene at the Square), 2015, oil on canvas, 44" × 77" (111.8 cm × 195.6 cm) © Ilya & Emilia Kabakov


Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, The Two Times, #2, 2014, oil on canvas, 6' 3" × 9' 4" (190.5 cm × 284.5 cm) © Ilya & Emilia Kabakov