Genia Chef is a Russian artist who divides his time between Western Europe and America. Chef was born in exile as a result of his father's 'anti-Soviet' activities, but when he was still a small child, the family was allowed to move back to Moscow, where Chef trained as a painter and graphical artist at the Polygraphic Institute in Moscow in the traditional academic style. For his diploma, he was awarded the First Prize. Since the 70s he has been participating in exhibitions of nonconformist artists in Moscow. After he moved to the West in 1985, he studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts where he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as the Fueger Gold Prize.
In late 1993 Chef moved to New York City where he exhibited his works with several former members of Soviet nonconformist art circles in a number of group exhibitions. Stylistically, some of Chef's paintings combine realist elements set against indefinite grounds that lend his work a surrealistic quality.
Genia Chef considers his aesthetical method as «Post-historicism». His works include paintings, digital compositions, lightboxes and video, often united in different kinds of installations.