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.

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall

06 July 1887

Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
(Mixed Martial Artist, Actor)

04 February 1979

Olga KorbutOlga Korbut

16 May 1955

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
(President of Belarus)

30 August 1954

Svetlana AlexievichSvetlana Alexievich
(Write and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

31 May 1948

Svetlana BoginskayaSvetlana Boginskaya
(Olympic athlete)

09 February 1973

Joseph B. SoloveitchikJoseph B. Soloveitchik

27 February 1903

Maryna LinchukMaryna Linchuk
(Fashion Model)

04 September 1987

Yanka KupalaYanka Kupala

07 July 1882

Zhores Ivanovich AlferovZhores Ivanovich Alferov

15 March 1930

Maksim BahdanovičMaksim Bahdanovič

09 December 1891

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
(Tennis player)

31 July 1989

Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
(Association football player)

01 May 1981

Yitzhak ShamirYitzhak Shamir
(Politician, Diplomat)

22 October 1915

Vladimir KozlovVladimir Kozlov
(professional wrestler, judoka, television actor)

27 April 1979

Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak
(Belarusian-Norwegian singer)

13 May 1986

Giovanni Battista PiranesiGiovanni Battista Piranesi
(Italian artist, Etching)

04 October 1720

Casimir IV JagiellonCasimir IV Jagiellon

30 November 1427

Alexander UstinovAlexander Ustinov
(Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer)

07 December 1976

Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
(Tennis player)

06 July 1977

Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov
(writer, journalist, computer scientist)

1984 AD

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Chess player, Non-fiction writer)

24 June 1968

Siarhei LiakhovichSiarhei Liakhovich

29 May 1976

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
(Russian painter)

27 January 1866

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
(Russian painter)

27 January 1866

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
(Russian painter)

27 January 1866

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva

03 August 1986

Vitaly ScherboVitaly Scherbo

13 January 1972

Felix Edmundovich DzerzhinskyFelix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky

11 September 1877

Yakub KolasYakub Kolas

03 November 1882

Yuliya BalykinaYuliya Balykina

12 April 1984

Aleksandr DedyushkoAleksandr Dedyushko
(Russian television actor)

20 May 1962

Aliaksandr HlebAliaksandr Hleb

01 May 1981

Sergey SidorskySergey Sidorsky
(Prime Minister)

13 March 1954

Maria KaczyńskaMaria Kaczyńska
(First Lady of Poland)

21 August 1942

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.