Basov Yakov (1914-2004) was born in Simferopol. He was engaged in the work of academician Nikolai Samokish’s studio. The artist graduated from Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. He was a Ukrainian Painters Union member and a participant of exhibitions since 1935. In 1938-1940 he lived in Saint Petersburg and since 1946 – in the Crimea. Was a member of the Great Patriotic War. Since 1958 was a member of the Ukrainian State Painters Union. Was a board member of the Ukrainian State Painters Union organization in the Crimea. Ya. Basov mainly worked in the sphere of a landscape, particularly watercolor. Since 1978 he became an Honored Artist of Ukraine. He was given a title of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea State Prize laureate in 1997. Yakov Basov was called a popular person of the year and his biography was filled into the collected stories about the Crimean well-known people’s lives From Spirits To Eternity in 2000. On the basis of the paintings collection that he presented to the city, a municipal museum of the artist’s paintings was founded. Since 2004 he became a People's Artist of Ukraine. He had his personal exhibitions in Saint Petersburg, Kiev, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Feodosiya, Kherson, Zaporozhye, Yalta and Alupka. Basov’s paintings were bought by thirty museums of the former USSR. The painter’s works of art can be found in private collections in Hungary, Finland, Norway, Austria, Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Canada, and Turkey.