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

Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
04 February 1979
Mixed Martial Artist, Actor

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887

Svetlana AlexievichSvetlana Alexievich
31 May 1948
Write and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Olga KorbutOlga Korbut
16 May 1955
Svetlana BoginskayaSvetlana Boginskaya
09 February 1973
Olympic athlete

Lizzie VaynerchukLizzie Vaynerchuk
Wife of Gary Vaynerchuk

Joseph B. SoloveitchikJoseph B. Soloveitchik
27 February 1903
Maryna LinchukMaryna Linchuk
04 September 1987
Fashion Model

Yanka KupalaYanka Kupala
07 July 1882
Zhores Ivanovich AlferovZhores Ivanovich Alferov
15 March 1930

Maksim BahdanovičMaksim Bahdanovič
09 December 1891

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
31 July 1989
Tennis player

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

Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak
13 May 1986
Belarusian-Norwegian singer
Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
01 May 1981
Association football player

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

Stanisław August PoniatowskiStanisław August Poniatowski
17 January 1732
King of Poland

Vladimir KozlovVladimir Kozlov
27 April 1979
professional wrestler, judoka, television actor
Paul BaranPaul Baran
29 April 1926

Vitaly ScherboVitaly Scherbo
13 January 1972
Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
06 July 1977
Tennis player

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
24 June 1968
Chess player, Non-fiction writer

Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov
1984 AD
writer, journalist, computer scientist
Alexander UstinovAlexander Ustinov
07 December 1976
Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
27 January 1866
Russian painter
Léon BakstLéon Bakst
27 January 1866
Russian painter

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
27 January 1866
Russian painter

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
03 August 1986
Phil ChessPhil Chess
27 March 1921
Record producer

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Maria KaczyńskaMaria Kaczyńska
21 August 1942
First Lady of Poland
Siarhei LiakhovichSiarhei Liakhovich
29 May 1976

Simon DubnowSimon Dubnow
10 September 1860

Josef GingoldJosef Gingold
28 October 1909

Nahum GoldmannNahum Goldmann
10 July 1895
Zionist Leader
S. AnskyS. Ansky
27 October 1863
Vasil BykaŭVasil Bykaŭ
19 June 1924

Antoine PevsnerAntoine Pevsner
18 January 1884

Yakub KolasYakub Kolas
03 November 1882

Henry SchultzHenry Schultz
04 September 1893
Jerzy GiedroycJerzy Giedroyc
27 July 1906

Moisey OstrogorskyMoisey Ostrogorsky
19 February 1854

Felix Edmundovich DzerzhinskyFelix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
11 September 1877

David PinskiDavid Pinski
05 April 1872

Aleksandr DedyushkoAleksandr Dedyushko
20 May 1962
Russian television actor
Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-LubeckiFranciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki
16 December 1779

Jerzy PutramentJerzy Putrament
14 November 1910
Yuliya BalykinaYuliya Balykina
12 April 1984

Miriam Ben-PoratMiriam Ben-Porat
26 April 1918

Olga KononOlga Konon
11 November 1989
Badminton player
Aliaksandr HlebAliaksandr Hleb
01 May 1981

Sergey SidorskySergey Sidorsky
13 March 1954
Prime Minister
Mikhail Markovich BorodinMikhail Markovich Borodin
09 July 1884

Alexander Israel HelphandAlexander Israel Helphand
08 September 1867

Joseph, Baron GünzburgJoseph, Baron Günzburg
1812 AD

Sir Isaac ShoenbergSir Isaac Shoenberg
01 March 1880

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.