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.

Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
04 February 1979
Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
30 August 1954
President of Belarus

Gary VaynerchukGary Vaynerchuk
14 November 1975
Entrepreneur

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

Aryna SabalenkaAryna Sabalenka
05 May 1998
Tennis player

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

Dasha NekrasovaDasha Nekrasova
19 February 1991
Actress
Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
31 July 1989
Tennis player

Felix Edmundovich DzerzhinskyFelix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
11 September 1877
Revolutionary

Sviatlana TsikhanouskayaSviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
11 September 1982
Politician

Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak
13 May 1986
Belarusian-Norwegian singer
Giovanni Battista PiranesiGiovanni Battista Piranesi
04 October 1720
Italian artist, Etching

Stanisław August PoniatowskiStanisław August Poniatowski
17 January 1732
King of Poland
Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
01 May 1981
Association football player

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

Ilya IvashkaIlya Ivashka
24 February 1994
Tennis player
Anastasia VashukevichAnastasia Vashukevich
27 February 1990
Model

Egor GerasimovEgor Gerasimov
11 November 1992
Tennis player
Vitaly ScherboVitaly Scherbo
13 January 1972
Athlete

Alexander Israel HelphandAlexander Israel Helphand
08 September 1867
Theoretician

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
24 June 1968
Chess player, Non-fiction writer
Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
06 July 1977
Tennis player

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Vladimir MatyushenkoVladimir Matyushenko
04 January 1971
Mixed martial artist
Natasha ZverevaNatasha Zvereva
16 April 1971
Tennis player

Paul BaranPaul Baran
29 April 1926
Engineer

Galina LukashenkoGalina Lukashenko
01 January 1955
First Lady

Alexey IgnashovAlexey Ignashov
18 January 1978
Kickboxer
Aliaksandra SasnovichAliaksandra Sasnovich
22 March 1994
Tennis player
Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov
1984 AD
writer, journalist, computer scientist

Tatiana NavkaTatiana Navka
13 April 1975
Ice dancer

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
03 August 1986
Biathlete

Olga DihovichnayaOlga Dihovichnaya
04 September 1980
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Gytha of WessexGytha of Wessex
1053 AD
Princess

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
27 January 1866
Painter

Phil ChessPhil Chess
27 March 1921
Record producer

Alexander UstinovAlexander Ustinov
07 December 1976
Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer

Nikolai MorozovNikolai Morozov
17 December 1975
Ice dancer
Ekaterina VandaryevaEkaterina Vandaryeva
20 January 1991
Kickboxer

Vladimir SamsonovVladimir Samsonov
17 April 1976
Table tennis player
Max KorzhMax Korzh
23 November 1988
Singer-songwriter

Rogneda of PolotskRogneda of Polotsk
0962 AD
Princess

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

Hanna SolaHanna Sola
16 February 1996
Biathlete
Chingiz AllazovChingiz Allazov
10 June 1993
Kickboxer

Maria KalesnikavaMaria Kalesnikava
24 April 1982
Activist

Ivonka SurvillaIvonka Survilla
11 April 1936
Politician

Tima BelorusskihTima Belorusskih
01 October 1998
Singer

Ivan BaranchykIvan Baranchyk
24 January 1993
Boxer
Olga BadelkaOlga Badelka
08 July 2002
Chess player

Mikhail Markovich BorodinMikhail Markovich Borodin
09 July 1884
Revolutionary

Zinaida KupriyanovichZinaida Kupriyanovich
17 September 2002
Singer

Dzinara AlimbekavaDzinara Alimbekava
05 January 1996
Olympic athlete
Andrei AramnauAndrei Aramnau
17 April 1988
Weightlifter

Maria GuleghinaMaria Guleghina
09 August 1959
Operatic soprano
Andrey GerasimchukAndrey Gerasimchuk
07 February 1987
Kickboxer

Nastassia Mironchyk-IvanovaNastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova
13 April 1989
Long jumper

Aleksandr KurlovichAleksandr Kurlovich
28 July 1961
Weightlifter
Sergei VolchkovSergei Volchkov
03 April 1988
Singer

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

Tanya DziahilevaTanya Dziahileva
04 June 1991
Model

Kiryl RelikhKiryl Relikh
26 November 1989
Boxer
Simon DubnowSimon Dubnow
10 September 1860
Historian

Nahum GoldmannNahum Goldmann
10 July 1895
Zionist Leader
Iryna ZhukIryna Zhuk
26 January 1993
Athlete

S. AnskyS. Ansky
27 October 1863
Writer

Sergey RabchenkoSergey Rabchenko
23 February 1986
Boxer

Artsiom ParakhouskiArtsiom Parakhouski
06 October 1987
Basketball player
Viktoriia SafonovaViktoriia Safonova
08 May 2003
Figure skater
Olga GovortsovaOlga Govortsova
23 August 1988
Tennis player

Vera LapkoVera Lapko
29 September 1998
Tennis player

Bianka singerBianka singer
17 September 1985
Singer

Katsiaryna HalkinaKatsiaryna Halkina
25 February 1997
Gymnast
Dmitry KoldunDmitry Koldun
11 June 1985
Singer

Vasil BykaŭVasil Bykaŭ
19 June 1924
Author

Yelena LeuchankaYelena Leuchanka
30 April 1983
Basketball player

Josef GingoldJosef Gingold
28 October 1909
Violinist

Leila RajabiLeila Rajabi
18 April 1983
Athlete
Aliaksandra HerasimeniaAliaksandra Herasimenia
31 December 1985
Swimmer

Veronika TsepkaloVeronika Tsepkalo
07 September 0000
Activist
Vladimir VeremeenkoVladimir Veremeenko
21 July 1984
Basketball player

Antoine PevsnerAntoine Pevsner
18 January 1884
Sculptor
Dmitri MarkovDmitri Markov
14 March 1975
Athlete
Natalia PodolskayaNatalia Podolskaya
20 May 1982
Singer

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.