El Lissitziky (b. 1890 near Smolensk; † 1941 in Moscow) was a Russian architect and painter, who from 1919/20 was involved with Suprematism. Between 1919 and 1927 he produced a large body of paintings, prints, and drawings that he referred to by the word Proun, an acronym for "project for the affirmation of the new" in Russian. The term Proun was conceived by Lissitzky in 1919 specifically to signify his turn to non-objective art. Lissitzky’s versatile body of work includes poster and theater set design, typography, and architecture, reflecting his training as an architect in Germany before World War I as well as the inspiration of Kazimir Malevich, a fellow teacher at the Vitebsk art school.