Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky (1817 - 1900)
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (July 29, 1817 – May 5, 1900) was a Russian painter of Armenian descent, most famous for his seascapes, which constitute more than half of his paintings.
Ivan Konstantinovich was born in the town of Theodosia, Crimea, to a poor Armenian family. His parents’ family name was Aivazian. His father the Armenian merchant Konstantin (Gevork) Aivazian moved to Theodosia from Poland where operated a small store and his mother was employed in the lace and embroidery industry. Borth worked diligently in order to support their five children.