Between 1910 and 1915, Maria Feliksovna Bri-Bein received artistic training at the Odessa College of Art under the tutelage of K.K. Konstandi. In 1924, she continued training in Moscow under the supervision of Ilya Mashkov. From 1917 to 1919, she was a member of TIURKH (Association of Southern Russian Artists) and was also a member of AKhRR (Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia) from 1926 to 1932. Bri-Bein began to exhibit her works publicly in 1917. Starting in 1930, she produced propaganda posters for the Soviet Government. In 1934, her poster, Narody SSSR (Peoples of the USSR) from 1932, won the first prize at the poster competition dedicated to the 10th commemoration of the death of Vladimir Lenin.
The 3rd Krasnii Proletarii Typography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat (Main Administration for Matters of Polygraphic Industry Publishing and Book Selling) was located at 16 Krasnoproletarskaia Street in Moscow.
Iskusstvo was the Art Publishing House (A.K.A. Visual Arts Publishing) that was created in 1936 from Ogiz-Izogiz (State Art and Literature Publishing House). It disseminated books and journals dealing with graphic design and the fine arts, and it issued numerous posters. Since the Iskusstvo banner was part of the State Printing Works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, its two main offices were located in those two cities.