The Republic of Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, has been under the dominance of several rulers over the past centuries with the result that its culture was often suppressed. But this could not dampen the spirit of modern day Belarusians in their determination to build a nation rich in the arts and culture. The nation has a diverse population comprising people of Belarusian ethnicity, Russians, Jews, Poles, and Vikings. The 20th century artist Marc Chagall who was associated with several major artistic styles, was referred to as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" by art critic Robert Hughes.

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
30 August 1954
President of Belarus
Gary VaynerchukGary Vaynerchuk
14 November 1975
Entrepreneur

Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
04 February 1979
Mixed Martial Artist, Actor

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887
Artist

Olga KorbutOlga Korbut
16 May 1955
Gymnast

Svetlana AlexievichSvetlana Alexievich
31 May 1948
Write and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Svetlana BoginskayaSvetlana Boginskaya
09 February 1973
Olympic athlete

Lizzie VaynerchukLizzie Vaynerchuk
 
Wife of Gary Vaynerchuk

Joseph B. SoloveitchikJoseph B. Soloveitchik
27 February 1903
Rabbi
Zhores Ivanovich AlferovZhores Ivanovich Alferov
15 March 1930
Physicist

Maryna LinchukMaryna Linchuk
04 September 1987
Fashion Model
Yanka KupalaYanka Kupala
07 July 1882
Poet

Maksim BahdanovičMaksim Bahdanovič
09 December 1891
Poet

Louis B. MayerLouis B. Mayer
12 July 1884
Film Producer

Sviatlana TsikhanouskayaSviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
11 September 1982
Politician

Dasha NekrasovaDasha Nekrasova
19 February 1991
Actress
Felix Edmundovich DzerzhinskyFelix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
11 September 1877
Revolutionary

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
31 July 1989
Tennis player

Giovanni Battista PiranesiGiovanni Battista Piranesi
04 October 1720
Italian artist, Etching

Aryna SabalenkaAryna Sabalenka
05 May 1998
Tennis player
Stanisław August PoniatowskiStanisław August Poniatowski
17 January 1732
King of Poland

Vladimir KozlovVladimir Kozlov
27 April 1979
professional wrestler, judoka, television actor
Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak
13 May 1986
Belarusian-Norwegian singer

Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
01 May 1981
Association football player

Aliaksandr HlebAliaksandr Hleb
01 May 1981
Footballer
Anastasia VashukevichAnastasia Vashukevich
27 February 1990
Model

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
24 June 1968
Chess player, Non-fiction writer
Alexander UstinovAlexander Ustinov
07 December 1976
Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer

Maria ItkinaMaria Itkina
03 May 1932
Athlete

Alexander Israel HelphandAlexander Israel Helphand
08 September 1867
Theoretician
Vitaly ScherboVitaly Scherbo
13 January 1972
Athlete

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Alexey IgnashovAlexey Ignashov
18 January 1978
Kickboxer
Paul BaranPaul Baran
29 April 1926
Engineer

Tatiana NavkaTatiana Navka
13 April 1975
Ice dancer

Galina LukashenkoGalina Lukashenko
01 January 1955
First Lady

Vladimir MatyushenkoVladimir Matyushenko
04 January 1971
Mixed martial artist
Dzinara AlimbekavaDzinara Alimbekava
05 January 1996
Olympic athlete
Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov
1984 AD
writer, journalist, computer scientist

Siarhei LiakhovichSiarhei Liakhovich
29 May 1976
Boxer

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
03 August 1986
Biathlete

Gytha of WessexGytha of Wessex
1053 AD
Princess
Max KorzhMax Korzh
23 November 1988
Singer-songwriter

Olga DihovichnayaOlga Dihovichnaya
04 September 1980
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter

Ivan BaranchykIvan Baranchyk
24 January 1993
Boxer

Phil ChessPhil Chess
27 March 1921
Record producer

Natasha ZverevaNatasha Zvereva
16 April 1971
Tennis player
Léon BakstLéon Bakst
27 January 1866
Painter

Maria KalesnikavaMaria Kalesnikava
24 April 1982
Activist
Andrey GerasimchukAndrey Gerasimchuk
07 February 1987
Kickboxer

Rogneda of PolotskRogneda of Polotsk
0962 AD
Princess

Tima BelorusskihTima Belorusskih
01 October 1998
Singer
Ivonka SurvillaIvonka Survilla
11 April 1936
Politician

Sergey RabchenkoSergey Rabchenko
23 February 1986
Boxer
Vladimir SamsonovVladimir Samsonov
17 April 1976
Table tennis player

Maria KaczyńskaMaria Kaczyńska
21 August 1942
First Lady of Poland

Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
06 July 1977
Tennis player

Veronika TsepkaloVeronika Tsepkalo
07 September 0000
Activist

Volha KhizhynkovaVolha Khizhynkova
22 November 1986
Journalist
Yelena LeuchankaYelena Leuchanka
30 April 1983
Basketball player

Aliaksandra SasnovichAliaksandra Sasnovich
22 March 1994
Tennis player

Olga BarabanschikovaOlga Barabanschikova
02 November 1979
Tennis Player

Ekaterina VandaryevaEkaterina Vandaryeva
20 January 1991
Kickboxer
Mikhail Markovich BorodinMikhail Markovich Borodin
09 July 1884
Revolutionary

Mark SlavinMark Slavin
31 January 1954
Greco-Roman Wrestler
Maalik WaynsMaalik Wayns
02 May 1991
Basketball player

Artsiom ParakhouskiArtsiom Parakhouski
06 October 1987
Basketball player

Tanya DziahilevaTanya Dziahileva
04 June 1991
Model
Chingiz AllazovChingiz Allazov
10 June 1993
Kickboxer

Dmitry ShakutaDmitry Shakuta
07 August 1980
Kickboxer
Vasil YakushaVasil Yakusha
30 June 1958
Rower

Vladimir VeremeenkoVladimir Veremeenko
21 July 1984
Basketball player

Alina HarnaskoAlina Harnasko
09 August 2001
Gymnast
Zinaida KupriyanovichZinaida Kupriyanovich
17 September 2002
Singer

Nastassia Mironchyk-IvanovaNastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova
13 April 1989
Long jumper
Kiryl RelikhKiryl Relikh
26 November 1989
Boxer

Egor GerasimovEgor Gerasimov
11 November 1992
Tennis player

Natalia PodolskayaNatalia Podolskaya
20 May 1982
Singer

Vasil KiryienkaVasil Kiryienka
28 June 1981
Sport cyclist
S. AnskyS. Ansky
27 October 1863
Writer
Nahum GoldmannNahum Goldmann
10 July 1895
Zionist Leader

Andrei AramnauAndrei Aramnau
17 April 1988
Weightlifter

Ilya IvashkaIlya Ivashka
24 February 1994
Tennis player

Ilya ShymanovichIlya Shymanovich
02 August 1994
Swimmer
Ksenia SitnikKsenia Sitnik
15 May 1995
Singer

Yaroslav YevdokimovYaroslav Yevdokimov
22 November 1946
Singer

Katya ZharkovaKatya Zharkova
30 October 1981
Model

Simon DubnowSimon Dubnow
10 September 1860
Historian

Svetlana AnikeySvetlana Anikey
07 February 1977
Actress
Melitina StanioutaMelitina Staniouta
15 November 1993
Rhythmic gymnast

Alena VinnitskayaAlena Vinnitskaya
23 August 1973
Marathon runner
TeoTeo
24 January 1983
Singer

Olga PuchkovaOlga Puchkova
27 September 1987
Tennis player
Aleksandr KurlovichAleksandr Kurlovich
28 July 1961
Weightlifter
Olga GovortsovaOlga Govortsova
23 August 1988
Tennis player

Chaïm Soutine, a painter of Belarusian Jewish origin made a major contribution to the expressionist movement while living in Paris. The country has also produced some fine writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire who is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century and Mendele Mocher Sforim who was one of the founders of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature. The Belarusian physicist Zhores Ivanovich Alferov invented the heterotransistor and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Belarusians.