Robert Rafailovich Falk Роберт Рафаилович Фальк was born in Moscow. From 1903-1904, he studied art in the studios of Konstantin Yuon & Ilya Mashkov. From 1905-1909, he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture & Architecture with Konstantin Korovin & Valentin Serov.
In 1910, he co-founded the artistic group Knave of Diamonds, which considered Paul Cézanne the only painter worth following & felt that the rest of visual art to be too trivial & bourgeois. Falk's paintings consisted of sculptured form using many layers of different paints.
From 1918-1928, Falk taught at VKhUTEMAS (State Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops). In 1928, he traveled France, returning to Moscow in 1938, where he worked in isolation, until he died.