Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian American artists, living and working in Long Island, N.Y. Both artists came of age during the 1960s Soviet rule and much of their work arises from this socio-cultural context. They worked independently of one another until 1988 when they began collaborating and married in 1992. Ilya started his career as a children’s book illustrator and was part of a conceptual art group that worked outside the official Soviet art system. He is widely considered to be one of the most important 20th century Russian artists. The Kabakov’s work has been shown widely internationally including MoMA New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, at Documenta IX and the Whitney Biennial in 1997. They represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale with their installation The Red Pavilion in 1993.