B. A. Smirnov-Rusetsky was born 21 Jan 1905 in St. Petersburg. In 1917, together with his family moved to Moscow. In his youth, had a strong spiritual influence from the uncle, the critic A. P. Ivanov, acquainted his nephew with artists "World of art" and "Jack of diamonds". A special role was played by the stories of A. P. Ivanov.. K. Roerich, whom he knew. It is this familiarity facilitated a meeting with N. K. Roerich in 1926, when he was passing through Moscow. During the period 1922-1927, he actively corresponded with V. V. Kandinsky. Member of the "Exhibition of five". In 1927 took part in the exhibition companies "Korona Mundi" in new York: exposition "Amaravella" was deployed in the building of the Roerich Museum. In 1928, together with other artists "Amaravella" he exhibited his work in Chicago. In 1929 he took part in the 6th exhibition of the group of artists "Life - Creativity" (Moscow). In 1941, he was illegally arrested. In the period from 1962 to 1988 in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Novosibirsk, Vyborg, Pskov, held a personal exhibition of the artist's works. 7августа 1993 Boris Smirnov-Rusetsky died in St. Petersburg.