Aivazovskyi Ivan Konstyantynovych (1817 - 1900)
The prominent Russian painter, marine painter. Painted landscapes, mostly the marine ones, had created numerous watercolours and drawings. Born in Feodosia. He received an art education in Petersburg Academy of Arts under the tutelage of M. Vorobiyov and French marine painter F. Tanner (1833 - 1837). In 1836 he first exhibited his work at the AcademyХs exhibition. While studying at the Academy he had received numerous awards, and exhibited his works at various exhibitions and gained the fame of a talented marine painter. In 1845 won the title of an academician, in 1847 Р a professor, and in 1887 Р an honorary member of Petersburg Academy of Arts. In 1847 in St. Petersburg he held his solo exhibition, which was a huge success. All in all in his lifetime more than one hundred twenty of his solo exhibitions were held in Russia and abroad. He was a member of Rome, Florence, Paris, Stuttgart and Amsterdam Academy of Arts. He undertook the creative journeys through Italy, England, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, and Egypt. In 1845 Settled in Feodosia, where he lived until his dying day. His works adorn the most outstanding museums of the world, including the State Museum of Russian Art, the state Tretyakov Gallery, the Kyiv Museum of Russian Art, the Feodosia Art Gallery named after I. Aivazovskyi and many others.