Savely Schleifer

1881 1943
(Ukraine) 1881 /   (Pologne) 1943



Savely Schleifer’s parents owned a paint manufacturing company. He showed an interest in art from a young age and taught children painting, before going to study at the School of Fine Arts in Odessa. He then attended the School of Fine Arts in Saint-Petersburg, where he studied under the famous painting teacher Ilya Repin.

In 1905, Savely Schleifer arrived in Paris and exhibited his work at the Salon des Indépendants and at the Salon des Tuileries.

When World War I broke out, he was enlisted in the Russian army and joined the special camouflage brigade. During the Revolution in 1917, he returned to Saint Petersburg and founded an art school where he taught drawing and painting. In 1922, he became a professor at the School of Decorative Arts in Leningrad. Later, he taught in a film school and specialized in make-up and costumes.

In 1927, Schleifer returned to to Paris. He was arrested in 22 June 1941 and was interned at the camp in Compiègne.


On 5 September 1943, he was transferred to Drancy. On 15 May 1944, he was deported on convoy number 73 and was deported by the Nazis.