Vitaly Komar

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Vitaly Komar (originally Russian Виталий Анатольевич Комар / Witali Anatoljewitsch Komar ; born September 11, 1943 in Moscow ) is an American artist .


Komar attended the Moscow Art Academy (1958–1960) and the Stroganov Institute for Art and Design (1962–1967).

From 1965 to 2003 Komar worked with Alex Melamid . Both initiated Soz Art , the Soviet counterpart to Pop Art . Together they were the first Russian artists to take part in a documenta at documenta 8 in Kassel in 1987 .

Komar also became politically active against the system of the Soviet Union , left the country via Israel and later took on US citizenship.

In the 1990s, Komar and Melamid determined the “most popular” and “least popular” paintings for different countries and around the world using opinion polls.


  • documenta 8 catalog. Volume 1: Articles; Volume 2: Catalog; Volume 3: artist book. Kassel 1987, ISBN 3-925272-13-5
  • JoAnn Wypijewski (Ed.): Painting by Numbers. Komar and Melamid's Scientific Guide to Art. University of California Press, 1998, ISBN 0-520-21861-2

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