Yuri Borisovich Khrzhanovsky (August 30, 1905, Kazan - September 24, 1987) - Soviet artist, actor, entertainer. He graduated from art school in Irkutsk (a student of Ivan Lavrovich Kopylov). In 1922 he came to Petrograd, was accepted into the preparatory class of the Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied with S. V. Priselkov. From 1923 he studied at the Academy in the workshops of K.S. Petrov-Vodkin, K.S. Malevich, P.N. Filonov. From 1927 to 1929 was in the group "Masters of Analytical Art" - MAI ("School Filonova"). In 1927, he participated in a large exhibition of Filonovites in the House of Press. The monumental canvas of Khrzhanovsky "Siberian Partisans", which is now in the Russian Museum, was intended for her. Since 1929, left the painting and devoted himself entirely to the scene. He had an absolute ear for music and good acting skills. He played in clubs and houses of culture in the genre of sound simulation. He worked at the Leningrad Theater of Miniatures. In 1939, he became the laureate of the 1st All-Russian Competition of Variety Artists and in the same year he moved to Moscow, where he worked in the Music Hall and the Theater of Miniatures. During the Great Patriotic War, he served in the front brigades. Since the 1950s, Yuri Khrzhanovsky has voiced over 30 cartoons  and movies, including “White Bim the black ear”, “Who said meow?” “Mowgli”, “Kashtanka”, “Painted Fox”, etc. His son , Andrei Khrzhanovsky, became a famous animator director. Since the late 1960s, again took up painting. During this period, he creates cycles of abstract works, influenced by Paul Klee.