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Born in Yelizavetgrad (Kirovograd) in 1898.

In 19211924 attended the workers faculty of Moscows VKhUTEMAS.

From 1924 to 1930 studied under P.Y. Pavlinov, N.N. Kupreyanov, V.A. Favorsky and D.S. Moor at VKhUTEMAS (VKhUTEIN).

Joined the Association of Revolutionary Artists (AkhR).

Awarded the honorary title of Peoples Artist of the USSR (1973).

Full member of the Soviet Academy of Arts.

A graphic artist, Kanevsky was among the most popular childrens book designers.

Died in Moscow in 1976.

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