A pioneer of abstract art and Orphism, French artist Sonia Delaunay was the first living female to have an exhibition at the Louvre Museum. Her art extended to stage sets, pottery, and fabrics. She and her husband, Robert Delaunay, collaborated on various public projects, including murals.
One of the best portrait painters to have existed during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dmitry Levitzky was taught the basics of art by his engraver father. He had also mastered gravure printing. Though he had earned many commissions in his lifetime, he didn’t earn enough and died amid poverty.
Born in Austria-Hungary, Louis Muhlstock later moved to Montreal, where he worked as a bookkeeper to keep his passion of painting alive. Best remembered for his landscapes and his portrayal of the Great Depression, he often depicted subjects such as blind men, factories, and abandoned buildings.
Biathlete Mariya Panfilova, who is a European champion, has represented Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus in World Cup. Apart from getting Russia a gold, a silver, and a bronze in the European Championship, she has also earned Ukraine a bronze in the same championship.