Russian-American sculptor, was born May 30, 1887, in Kiev, Russia.
He rebelled against formal academic procedure in his early study of art at the University of Kiev, in Moscow, and at the ÉcoleEcole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and worked independently in France until 1919 when he took an exhibition of his work on a tour of Europe.
He founded an art school in Berlin in 1921 but moved it to New York in 1923, later joining the faculty of the New Bauhaus established in Chicago by L. Moholy-Nagy.
In 1953 he held his one-hundredth one-man show .
Archipenko's style involves severe simplifications of form in the modern manner, apparently influenced by the work of Constantin Brancusi. He also did some painting and invented a form of kinetic painting or sculpture called "archipentura," which is moved by a concealed electric motor.
He was director of Arko Studios, which create architectural decorations.