1943 - Born Vitalii Komar
1945 - Born Alexander Melamid
Graduated from the Stroganov Art School
Gained renown in the 1970s as co-authors-founders of Sotz-Art (Soviet pop-art)
1974 - Their Double Portrait destroyed at the Bulldozer Exhibition
1978 - emigrated to the USA through Israel
They are among the most popular Russian artists in the West. Articles about their art have been appearing in the leading press in the average of more then 2 times a month during the last 15 years. There works were acquired by the following collections: Museum of Modern Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum (New-York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam),
Museon Israel (Jerusalem), National Gallery (Canberra, Australia), Modern Art Museum (San-Francisco), etc., as well as for the leading private art collections, such as Peter Ludwig (Germany), Silvester Stallone (USA), etc.
Komar and Melami"s duet-exhibitions were displayed in the Brooklyn Museum, Attenium in Hartford, Modern Art Museum in Oxford, Museum of Decorative Arts in Louvre, etc. All together they showed 60 duet-exhibitions and participated in about 70 group exhibitions. The artists work in various genres and techniques: from classical painting and sculpture to conceptual photography and installations.