Boris Blai

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBoris•Blai
Used nameBoris•Blai
Other namesBoris Mikhailovich Blai
Born24 July 1893 in Rivne, Rivne (UKR)
Died28 June 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
NOC United States


Boris Blai studied in St. Petersburg and at Auguste Rodin in Paris and later settled in the US as an art professor. Starting in 1930 he taught for several decades at the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia and later at the Blai School of Fine Arts. He was a close friend of the last Czar Nicholas of Russia and had to leave the country shortly before the Revolution. He then was involved in the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His grandson Adam became a famous photographer in the U.S.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Boris Blai
Sculpturing, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC