(1905, Čašniki, Vicebsk guberniya –1978, Leningrad)
R.Frumak studied at the Vicebsk People’s Art School (under Yu.Pen), at the Academy of Arts in Petrograd, Vkhutemas (Higher Art and Technical Studios) in Moscow (under R.R.Falk in the mid-1920s). As a result of Falk’s influence, Cezann remained his idol for a long time. Since 1930, he lived in Leningrad. Since 1932, he was a founding member of the Leningrad Branch of the Union of Soviet Artists. From 1941 to 1945, he served in the Army, in besieged Leningrad.
R. Frumak worked in traditional for a painter genres, which were portraiture, rural an urban landscapes, still lives. A firm composition, a confident command of drawing, a fine sense of colour were characteristic features of R.Frumak, as a representative of the Leningrad school in art. He was attracted by simple visual motives, which he materialized into painting with tense colour contrasts, dense and wide strokes of paint-brush.
For a number of years, R.Frumak was the chief artist of the Kalininsky and later of the Oktyabrsky districts of Leningrad. During the last years of his life he focused on landscapes.
Since 1925, the R.Frumak’s works were shown at exhibitions in Leningrad and Moscow. In 1983, a posthumous exhibition was held at the premises of the Leningrad Branch of the Union of Artists. His works were presented at London Bonhams and other auctions. They are in the collection of the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg) and in private collections.