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.

Gary VaynerchukGary Vaynerchuk
14 November 1975
Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
04 February 1979
Mixed Martial Artist, Actor

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
06 July 1887

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
30 August 1954
President of Belarus

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

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
Lizzie VaynerchukLizzie Vaynerchuk
Wife of Gary Vaynerchuk

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

Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak
13 May 1986
Belarusian-Norwegian singer
Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
31 July 1989
Tennis player

Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
01 May 1981
Association football player
Paul BaranPaul Baran
29 April 1926

Vladimir KozlovVladimir Kozlov
27 April 1979
professional wrestler, judoka, television actor

Giovanni Battista PiranesiGiovanni Battista Piranesi
04 October 1720
Italian artist, Etching
Siarhei LiakhovichSiarhei Liakhovich
29 May 1976

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

Casimir IV JagiellonCasimir IV Jagiellon
30 November 1427

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

Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
06 July 1977
Tennis player
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

Vitaly ScherboVitaly Scherbo
13 January 1972
Felix Edmundovich DzerzhinskyFelix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
11 September 1877

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Yakub KolasYakub Kolas
03 November 1882

Yuliya BalykinaYuliya Balykina
12 April 1984

Aleksandr DedyushkoAleksandr Dedyushko
20 May 1962
Russian television actor

Aliaksandr HlebAliaksandr Hleb
01 May 1981
Sergey SidorskySergey Sidorsky
13 March 1954
Prime Minister

Alexander Israel HelphandAlexander Israel Helphand
08 September 1867
Maria KaczyńskaMaria Kaczyńska
21 August 1942
First Lady of Poland

Stanisław August PoniatowskiStanisław August Poniatowski
17 January 1732

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.