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CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN ARTISTS

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CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN ARTISTS

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THIS CATALOGUE IS PUBLISHED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN ARTISTS AT THE DAYS OF UKRAINE IN THE UK AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY, LONDON

19–25 october 2013 Presented by Firtash Foundation Curator Igor Abramovych


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen Welcome to Days of Ukraine in the United Kingdom. This project has been sponsored and funded by the Firtash Foundation, the charity that has been set up by my husband and me. Ukraine has been a cultural hub in Europe for nearly a thousand years and still plays an essential role in the cultural life of the continent. We want to introduce Ukraine to Europeans — a country with a rich history, cultural heritage and much creative and intellectual potential. The Days of Ukraine in the UK festival has been designed to show that art, literature and fashion design are a vibrant part of life in Ukraine. We are proud to showcase our achievements in the cultural field to a new audience in London. Contemporary art in Ukraine is extremely popular and has produced many ground-breaking and innovative international artists. During Days of Ukraine in the UK, we will present for the first time outstanding contemporary artists as part of a new large-scale exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The exhibition — «Ukrainian Contemporary Artists» — features a range of artists from different generations, representing a variety of artistic styles. Their work reflects the important stages in the evolution of Ukrainian contemporary art and embodies the key features that characterise the current cultural situation. We believe that this event will bring us closer together and create a greater understanding between our two nations and cultures. This is only the start of a journey that I hope will continue as our relationship flourishes. Sincerely yours Lada Firtash


Currently, one of the main challenges in the process of irreversible integration of Ukrainian culture within the context of world culture is demonstrating that Contemporary Ukrainian Art is a holistic phenomenon and a continuous process with its own pattern of evolution. This challenge creates the need for projects which present Ukraine on an international stage, with the participation of recognized and accomplished artists of both older and younger generations, whose work demonstrates the diversity of Ukrainian Contemporary Art. The featured artists draw attention to the key trends and developments in Ukrainian art over the past two decades. The older generation represents the vivid splash of the 1990s, which resulted in two main schools that determined the appearance of Ukrainian art of that period — the Post-Modern Figurative and the Abstract Neo-Avant-Garde. The main representatives of these two movements have been included in our exhibition. They have followed the artistic path of independent Ukraine from the early days. Young artists of the 2000s, however, are by no means a less vivid. They are in search of their own individual styles, their own contribution to the process, continuing the direction set by their predecessors, but already in a different formal and semantic range, and with an arsenal of different media. Despite their age, all artists have already seen considerable interest in their work among the art world. Our selected artists are some of the most visible and prominent figures of the Ukrainian Contemporary Art scene, who managed to clearly express the cultural specificity and autonomy of our country with an emphasis on cultural value. These artists have been recognized by influential experts and leading museums, including from the UK, where many works are highly regarded. Their creativity is the face of Ukraine at numerous international exhibitions, auctions and biennale. However, it is for the first time that Ukraine will present a collective project, bringing together the various representatives of Ukraine’s Contemporary Art scene, who determine its general direction and momentum. In addition, for the first time in the history of Ukrainian Contemporary Art, the Ukrainian Foundation presents works from its own collection. We thank Firtash Foundation, as well as Co-Founder Lada Firtash, for the opportunity to present the best of contemporary Ukrainian culture and for the contribution to the positive image of Ukraine in Europe. Igor Abramovych, Curator


Ukraine today has one of the most vibrant art scenes of the Post-Soviet space. Supported by a dedicated group of collectors and galleries, artists are given the opportunity and freedom to work across media exploring widely varying subject matters. Numerous exhibition projects, both local and international, bring attention to Ukrainian Contemporary Art, which has marked its presence on the international art scene over the last few years. This exhibition is organised by the Firtash Foundation as part of Days of Ukraine in the UK. It aims to showcase the highlights of Ukraine’s current contemporary art scene. The exhibition will showcase various themes and techniques developed by the artists from Kiev and beyond. Ukrainian soil appears as symbolic prima materia in Oleksandr Zhyvotkov’s enigmatic mixed-media paintings and in Anatoliy Kryvolap’s mesmerising landscapes, which explore the artist’s personal visions of light and hue. Abstraction and materiality reign in Tiberiy Silavshi’s monochromes and Oleksandr Klymenko’s explosions of colour. Socio-economic issues are addressed in Pavlo Kerestey’s video and performance works and utopian visions explored in Pavlo Makov’s pseudo-mystical works on paper resembling ancient scrolls and Victor Sydorenko’s levitating weightless figures. Gathered under a deliberately ambiguous title «Natsprom» Oleg Tistol, Mykola Matsenko, Marina Skugareva and many of their younger followers explore idiosyncrasies of Ukranian artistic identity. Their practices build a new visual language and brush over post-modernist concerns in order to accentuate the realities of their own environment and cognition characteristic of post-soviet Ukraine. While on the other side of the spectrum, artists such as Maxim Mamsikov and Igor Gusev have adopted the hyper-realist style, depicting every-day life, people and objects as fragments of collective memory. The spectacle comes to the fore in large scale canvases of Arsen Savadov and Vasily Tsagolov, who each in their own individual style provides saturated renderings of the world through the prism of media inspired dreamland. Combining seemingly irreconcilable characters and settings their works provide a witty commentary on the visions and desires of a contemporary man. Although this list is not nearly exhaustive, all artists presented in Contemporary Ukrainian Artists have made an important mark on the development of Ukrainian art in the last twenty years — a period of great socio-political turbulence and change. The new era of independence and increased political stability heralds a time for international recognition for the culture and arts of the country. By introducing many of these artists to the London public for the first time, this exhibition will hopefully spur further interest in Ukrainian Contemporary Art leading to more research, discourse and exciting projects. Suad Garayeva Specialist, Contemporary Art CIS Sotheby’s London


N A Z A R B I LY K / 13 I G O R G U S E V / 17 Z H A N N A K A DY R O VA / 21 PAV LO K E R E S T E Y / 25 O L E K S A N D R K LY M E N K O / 29 A N ATO L I Y K R Y V O L A P / 33 PAV LO M A K O V / 37 M A X I M M A M S I K O V / 41 M Y K O L A M AT S E N K O / 45 R O M A N M I N I N / 49 V I N N Y R E U N O V / 53 O L E K S A N D R R O I T B U R D / 57 S T E PA N R YA B C H E N K O / 61 A R S E N S AVA D O V / 65 O L E K S I Y S AY / 69 T I B E R I Y S I LVA S H I / 73 M A R I N A S K U G A R E VA / 77 Y U R I Y S O LO M K O / 81 V I C TO R S Y D O R E N K O / 85 O L E G T I S TO L / 89 VA S Y L T S A G O LO V / 93 M AT V I Y VAY S B E R G / 97 A R T E M V O LO K I T I N / 101 O L E K S A N D R Z H Y V OT K O V / 105 O L E K S I Y ZO LOTA R I O V / 109


NAZAR B I LY K

Born in 1979 in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1999 graduated from the Kyiv Technical School of Art and Industry (now M. Bojchuk Institute of Applied and Decorative Art and Design). 1999–2005 studied at the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kyiv. Since 2008 he is a Postgraduate student of the studios of National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kyiv. Since 2005 — Lecturer at National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, Kyiv. Recent solo projects realized by the sculptor: «The Borders of the Space» (2010), «Spaces» (2011), «Counterform» (2012). The works from these projects are varied from both formal and substantive, and from a technological point of view. Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Ukraine Today» (2013, Prague, Czech Republic with Shcherbenko Art Centre); Grant of the President of Ukraine in field of fine arts (2013, project Counterforms); «Miami International Art Fair» (2012, Miami, USA with Black Square Gallery); Solo exhibition (2011, Black Square Gallery, Мiami, USA); «Aut: Neurodiversity» (2011, Мuseum of Modern Art of Ukraine); Personal Exhibition «The Borders of the Space», (2010, Bottega Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine). Selected collections: Private collections in Ukraine, Russia, UK and USA.

Slееping, solo exhibition «The Borders of the Space», Bottega Gallery, Kyiv, 2010 Appearance, solo exhibition «Spaces», Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA, 2011

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Series of reliefs ÂŤCounterformÂť, polymeric materials, 20 x 30 cm, 2012


Series of reliefs ÂŤCounterformÂť, polymeric materials, 120 x 80 cm, 2012

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IGOR GUSEV

Born in 1970 in Odesa. He graduated from the Odesa Fine Arts College named after Grekov. Gusev is one of Ukraine’s leading painters; a creator of performances, objects, and installations; and a poet. In the mid-2000s in Odesa, he opened the first аrt run-space, the gallery NORMA (New Odesa Russian-Malanska Alternative), which existed for three years. In Odesa Gusev headed an art-raiders movement, which became famous for its neo-Dadaist actions in a legendary Odesa flea market, where the artists created unconventional artworks «here and now». The art raiders’ actions took place regularly between 2007 and 2009, and gradually turned into a series of spontaneous curatorship projects involving artists from Odesa, Kyiv, and abroad. Igor Gusev was one of the first Ukrainian artists represented at a Sotheby’s auction and a Phillips de Pury & Co. auction in New York. Selected exhibitions: «Berliner Liste» (2013, Dymchuk Gallery at Kraftwerk Berlin, Germany); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv), «Simulator of Snowiness» (2012, Contemporary Art Centre М17, Kyiv); «Space Odyssey» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv), «Restart» (2009, Marine Art Terminal, Odesa, Ukraine); «Esthetics and Discipline» (2008, NT-ART, Odesa, Ukraine); «Führer Under Control» (2001, Odesa Fine Art Museum, Odesa, Ukraine). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Odesa Fine Art Museum (Odesa, Ukraine), PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv); also private collections in Ukraine, USA, and Europe.

«Simulator of Snowiness», exposition at the M17 Contemporary Art Centre, Kyiv, 2012

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From the 12 Minutes of Attention Stolen from Mankind series, acrylic, felt pen, bamboo, aluminium, 200 x 100 cm, 2011 19


ZHANNA K A D Y R O VA

Born in 1981 in Brovary, Ukraine. Graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art School, Kyiv. Works in various media: photography, painting, drawing and sculpture, she is particularly known for her sculptural works in public space. She became the first Special Prize Winner of the PinchukArtCentre in 2011 with her «Asphalt» works. Kadyrova is the member of the R.E.P. group and Penoplast musical performance group. She has elaborated her own recognizable artistic style distinguished by using fractured tiles. Lives and works in Kyiv. Selected exhibitions: «Monument to a monument» (2013, 55 International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy); «Data Extraction» Galleria Continua (2013, San Gimignano, Italy); «Crowd» (2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Asphalt» (2012; Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw); «City Project» (2011, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA); «Invisible Forms» (2011, Mala Galereya of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); Ukrainian Art Platform at ART Paris (2010, Paris); Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2010, special project, Mystetskyi Arsenal (2010, Kyiv); «No More Reality» (2008, De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam); «Supermarket» (2008, Stockholm). Selected collections: Private collections in Ukraine, Russia and EU.

«Diamonds», exhibition view, «Spheres 5», Galleria Continua/Le Moulin, France, 2012 «The Monument to a New Monument», Sharhorod, Ukraine, 2009

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Diamonds, ceramic tile, cement, polyurethane foam, 2011

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PA V L O KERESTEY

Born in 1962 in Uzhhorod and a graduate of the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts. Kerestey works in painting, installation, video, and performance art, in addition, he contributes to the theory of art and works as a curator. He began his carrier as a painter representing the Ukrainian New Wave. Kerestey now lives and works in Munich and London. In the early 1990s, Kerestey was a member of the Paris Commune arts squat (Kyiv). His creative collaboration with Susanne Clausen began in 1994 when he founded the Szuper Gallery artist’s group. The sculptural platform Lift Archive (www.liftarchiv.de) created by the Szuper Gallery in 2002–2006 for the Munich Kreisverwaltungsreferat is regarded as one of the best contemporary art objects. Kerestey enjoys the status of a well-known european painter. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Ballet Granite» (2012, PERMM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm); «Independent» (2011, Mystetsky Arsenal, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Work, Arbeit, Trud» (2007, Artist’s Studio, Knightsbridge, London); «Nightshifts» (2006, The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada); «Temporary Accommodation» (2002, Whitechapel Gallery, London); «Crash» (2000, ICA, London) Selected collections: Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Marat & Julia Guelman Gallery (Moscow), M’arS Gallery (Moscow); also private collections in Ukraine, USA, and Europe.

Ballet Granite, 2012, exhibition view, PERMM Contemporary Art Museum, Perm, Russia Kerestey, installation view, INDEPENDENT/NEZALEZHNI, New Art of a New Country, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2011

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Kids on Trees, oil, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 140 cm, 2009

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OLEKSANDR K LY M E N K O

Born in 1963 in Luhansk. He is a graduate of the Kyiv State Art Institute. Klymenko is one of the founders of the legendary Paris Commune arts squat and the initiator of «Ukraine’s 20 th Century Art» and «Volition for the Boundless: The Experience of Understanding the Metaphysical and Other Projects». A painter, curator, and contributor to the theory of art in its own right, Klymenko is a perfect example of an intellectual artist for whom art makes sense only as a tool of unrestrained philosophical searches for the sense of being and a spiritual practice of self-improvement. Klymenko regards transcendent freedom of creation and endless variety of self-expression as the most important concept and relentlessly experiments with various new techniques in painting, etching, and photography — art freely flowing from the figurative towards the abstract. His works are regularly exhibited at Phillips auctions. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «20 Years of Presence» (2011, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); ­International Exhibition of Contemporary Art Dedicated to the 60 th Anniversary of the UN (2006, Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland); «Carefree Travels in the Endless» (2005, Kyiv Museum of Russian Art, Kyiv); «The Crossroads» (2001, Museum of the History of Art, Vienna). Selected collections: Zaporizhzhia Art Museum (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine), Rodovid Bank Art Collection (Kyiv), Gradobank Collection (Kyiv), Kyiv Investment Group Collection; also private collections in Ukraine, USA, and Europe.

Project Goa, exhibition hall at Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, 2009

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Glorification of the Divine Presence, from the ÂŤSolar Hedonism. Dispute with MalevichÂť project, acrylic on canvas, diameter 134 cm, 2013

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A N AT O L I Y KRYVOLAP

Born in 1946 in Yahotyn (Kyiv region). He graduated from the Kyiv State Art Institute. He was among the founders of the Ukrainian Art group Pictorial Reserve (1992); in the early 1990s this group declared that the main objective of painting was to liberate it from all features of real life. In 2000 he moved to the village of Zasupoyivka near Yahotyn, where he currently lives and works. After ten years of working with abstraction in the early 2000s he returned to figurative painting. Bright and rich in color and texture his works are called an example of «the new Ukrainian landscape». Kryvolap is one of the most popular Ukrainian artists among domestic and foreign collectors. In 2011 his works twice set a world record for sales of Ukrainian art in international markets. The latest record was set for his work a «Horse. Evening» at an auction of contemporary art at Phillips in London. The painting sold for $186 200. Kryvolap is a laureate of the annual Taras Shevchenko National Prize (2012) in the Fine Arts category. Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv), «Ukrainian Motif: Evening» (2011, Triptych ART Gallery, Kyiv); «Structures» (2008, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Ukrainian Motif: Peace, 2005–2008» (2008, Kyiv Museum of Russian Art); «Landschaft of the Pictorial Reserve» (2002, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Non-Narration» (1996, National Gallery, Odense, Denmark). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Liverpool, UK), Shinano Art Museum (Tokyo), National Museum of Russian Art (Kyiv).

Personal exhibition in conjunction with nomination for the National Ukrainian Shevchenko Prize in Fine Art, House of Ukrainian Artists Union, Kyiv, 2011

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Cloud over Steppe, oil on canvas, 200 х 300 сm, 2011

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PA V L O MAKOV

Born in 1958 in St. Petersburg. His education began at the Crimean Artistic College and continued in the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts and the Graphics Department in the Kharkiv Art and Industrial Institute. Makov is a member of the Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers (UK) and an associate member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine. In 1990 Makov’s etchings received the Grand Prix Award at the First All-Union Graphics Biennale in Kaliningrad (Russia). Makov uses the technique in combination with ready-made everyday objects: maps, guides, note books, receipts, etc. His famous series — The Gardens, Book of Days, Utopia, Shooting Target — are actually mappings of stark reality and, at the same time, images of a utopian macro world of the artist’s vision. Selected exhibitions: «Economy in Art» (2013, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv), «Blanket, Garden, Tower, Cross, Fate» (2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «DonRose» (2010, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «The Gardens: Post-Imperial Bustle» (2007, Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague); «Siege of the Pentagon» (2004, Guelman Gallery, Moscow); «UtopiА. Retrospective, 1993–2003» (2003, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv). Selected collections: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), National Gallery (Washington, D. C.), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv).

Exhibition «DonRose», National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, 2010 Exhibition «Independent. New Art of New Country 1991–2011», Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2011

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Tablecloth V, from the «Tablecloths» graphic series, multiple intaglio, drawing, acrylic, paper, 160 х 120 cm, 2008–2009

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MAXIM MAMSIKOV

Born in 1968 in Kyiv. He graduated from the Kyiv State Art Institute. Mamsikov’s paintings portray everyday things but show them from unusual perspectives not seen by the human eye: a bird’s-eye view, for example, or an object in the process of falling or flying up. After a large-scale show of the artist’s works at the «Art Moscow» exhibition within the framework of the Moscow Biennale, and after his successful participation in the London auctions of Phillips, Mamsikov unexpectedly turned back to pocket-size paintings, which had made him famous in the 1990s as one of the leaders of the New Wave. Selected exhibitions: «Paintings Only. New Ukrainian Figurative» (2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «20 Years of Presence» (2011, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv); «Giant Balloons and Pocket-Size Cars» (2009, Collection Gallery, Kyiv); «The Russian Poor» (2008, River Port, Perm, Russia); «New Ukrainian Paintings» (2008, White Box Gallery, New York); «The Great Walk» (2008, Collection Gallery, Kyiv). Selected collections: PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Contemporary Art Museum Art4 (Moscow); also private collections in Ukraine, Russia, USA, and Europe.

«A Big Walk» project, exposition, Collection Gallery, Kyiv, 2011 «20 Years of Presence», exhibition hall at Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, 2012

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Beach, oil and acrylic on canvas, 130 x 170 cm, 2012

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MYKOLA M AT S E N K O

Born in 1960 in Prutivka, Ivano-Frankivsk region. He graduated from the Taras Shevchenko Republican Art School and the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts. He lives and works in Cherkasy and Kyiv. Matsenko began exhibiting in the Skew Caponier project in 1992. Together with Oleg Tistol, as part of the Natsprom program, he created the projects Atatürk Museum, 17th of September, Museum of Architecture, the sculptural series The Head, and the photographic series Baryshevka Frontons and Mother of Cities. He is the author of the personal projects Buy Ukrainian, Roses and Grapes, Square to Each Hut!, and Neofolk and the so-called heraldic series Gifts of Fields, Culture, and Not yet… Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv), «Neofolk» (2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Next, Prochez» (2011, Docks en Seine, Paris); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «PERMM» (2010, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia); «Roses & Grapes» (2010, Cherkasy Fine Arts Museum, Cherkasy, Ukraine), «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv). Selected collections: PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Zaporizhzhia Fine Arts Museum (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine), Cherkasy Fine Arts Museum (Cherkasy, Ukraine); also private collections in Ukraine and abroad.

«Neofolk» project, exposition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2012

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Art Belongs to the People, oil on canvas, 260 x 205 cm, 2012

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ROMAN MININ

Born in 1981 in Dimitrov, Donetsk region. In 2002 graduated from Kharkiv Art College. Graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy Of Design and Arts in 2008. Is a member of National Artist’s Union of Ukraine since 2009. Works in many genres and directions. He is a participant of many group exhibitions and festivals in Ukraine and Europe, the organizer of «Street Art Fest» in Kharkiv. He was the head of the program «ISOLIATSYA in City Space» in the center of the modern art ISOLIATSYA in Donetsk 2012. Lives and woks in Kharkiv. Selected exhibitions: «RE-PUBLIC. Russian Art in the Streets» (2013, Urb Festival, Helsinki, Finland); «Great and Grand » (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Ukrainian News» (2013, Сentre of Contemporary Art «Ujazdów Castle», Warsaw); «The Plan of Escape» (2012, Palazzo Cantagalli, Foligno, Italy); «Source of Life» (2012, «Sinergy Gallery», Rome); «The Ukrainian Baroque» (2012, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Symbol of Faith» (2010, Museum of Russian Art, Kyiv). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Museum of Russian Art (Kyiv), Contemporary Art Centre «Castle Ujazdów» (Warsaw), Kharkiv Municipal Gallery (Kharkiv, Ukraine), Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (Perm, Russia), Gallery «Volga» (Moscow), private collections in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Italy, Great Britain.

«Plan of Escape», from the exposition of the project «Ukrainian News», «Castle Ujazdów», Warsaw, 2013

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Plan of Escape, digital print, 1 from 3, 122 x 168 cm, 2013

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VINNY REUNOV

Born in 1963 in Kyiv, Vinny Reunov is a graduate of the Taras Shevchenko Republican Secondary Art School and the Kyiv State Art Institute. Together with Oleg Tistol, he established an art group named Volitional Edge of National Post-Eclecticism. In 1988 he, Oleg Tistol, Marina Skugareva, and Yana Bystrova left for Moscow, where in 1990 they worked together in the Furmannyi Lane squat. In 1991 and 1992 he was the director and curator (jointly with Avdey Ter-Oganesyan) of the Moscow Gallery on Triokhprudnyi Lane. His recent art interests include a Dust Jacket project; within it, Reunov elevates the aesthetics of mass-circulation media to the level of canon, seen as a cultural phenomenon and an object worthy of personal attention when the cover of a periodical attains the characteristics and status of an elitist artistic creation. Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Dust Jacket» (2006, Karas Gallery, Kyiv); «Currency Exchange» (2001, United Kingdom of Reunov, Soho House, London); «The Sea of Vodka» (1991, Gallery on Triokhprudnyi, Moscow); «The Art of the Late Millennium» (1991, International Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland). Selected collections: private collections of Emily Loudon, Bernadette Rendall, Eugenia Tolle; also private collections in Ukraine, Russia, USA, and Europe.

In the artist’s studio, Kyiv 2012

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Art-Forum Ukraine, oil on canvas, vinnyprint, 120 x 150 cm, 2010–2013

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OLEKSANDR ROITBURD

Born in 1961 in Odesa. He graduated from the painting and graphic department of the Ushinskyi Odesa Institute. In 1993 in Odesa he founded the New Arts Association, which gave birth to a new art phenomenon — the Odesa Renaissance. He served as the director of the Guelman Gallery in Kyiv. During the years 1997–1999 he was Chairman of the Board of the Soros-Odesa Contemporary Art Centre. Roitburd had a solo exhibition at the opening of the Guelman Gallery in Moscow. He served as curator of several key art projects in Ukraine in the 1990s, including New Figurations (1991), Free Zone (1994), and Academy of Cold (1998). In 2001–2002 he lived in New York. At the Plateau of Humankind, 49 th Venice Biennale, the artist showed his video installation Psychedelic Intervention of the Potemkin Battleship into Tautological Hallucinosis by Sergei Eisenstein. Selected exhibitions: «ARSENALE 2012» (2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Contemporary Ukrainian Artists» (2012, YermilovCentre, Kharkіv); «If There Is No Water Running from Your Tap» (2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Roitburd vs Caravaggio» (2010, Collection Gallery, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Crucified Buddha» (2001, Museum of Cultural Heritage, Kyiv). Selected collections: Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia).

«Roitburd vs Caravaggio» project, exposition, Collection Gallery, Kyiv, 2010

«If There Is No Water Running From Your Tap» project, exposition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2011 57


Buddha Writing, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 сm, 2011–2013

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S T E PA N R YA B C H E N K O

Born in Odesa in 1987. In 2011 graduated from Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Architecture and Art Institute. Since 2010 — Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. The winner of the First All-Ukrainian Triennial of abstract art «ART-ACT», 2010. In 2011 was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize. Laureate of the international competition of contemporary sculpture «Kyiv Sculpture Project», 2012. Architect, media–artist, sculptor, author of installations. In his work uses modern computer technology. Lives and works in Odesa, Ukraine. Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «ARSENALE 2012» (2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «The Myth. Ukrainian Baroque» (2012, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Kyiv Sculpture Project» (2012, Kyiv); «PinchukArtCentre Prize» (2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv). Selected collections: Private collections in Ukraine, Russia and USA.

Works by Stepan Ryabchenko. Project «Heroes», exposition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2013

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Chameleon, from ÂŤComputer VirusesÂť series, digital print on aluminium, 1 from 1, 171 x 150 cm, 2008

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ARSEN S A VA D O V

Born in 1962 in Kyiv and graduated from the Taras Shevchenko Republican Secondary Art School and the Kyiv State Art Institute. Savadov was a member of the Paris Commune arts squat (Kyiv). It was «Cleopatra’s Grief» (1987) by Arsen Savadov and Georgiy Senchenko that ushered in the era of Ukrainian New Wave art. During the 1987 FIAC Art Fair in Paris, the painting was sold by Galerie de France for $120 000. In the 1990s, Savadov created a number of photo projects — «Donbass-Chocolate», «Fashion at the Graveyard», «The Book of the Dead», «The Collective Red» — that had a significant impact on establishing the place of Ukrainian art in the global context. Through photography, Savadov turned to painting, giving it new trans-media features. His creative works exceed the limits of the classic «beautiful», bringing a therapeutic, electric-shock-like effect. Arsen Savadov is the first Ukrainian artist to have a work put up for auction at Sotheby’s (a photo from his «Donbass-Chocolate» series, in 2007). He represented Ukraine at the 49 th Venice Biennale in 2001. Selected exhibitions: «Berliner Liste» (2013, Dymchuk Gallery at Kraftwerk Berlin, Germany); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Blow-Up» (2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum, Kyiv); «Painting» (2007, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York); «Donbass-Chocolate» (2003, Orel Art Gallery, Paris); «Kokto» (2002, Guelman Gallery, Kyiv). Selected collections: Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), European Photography Centre (Paris), Moscow Museum of Photography (Moscow), PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Moderna Museet Malmö (Malmö, Sweden), Elton John Collection (London).

«Blow-Up» project, exposition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2011

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Đ?urora, oil on canvas, 251 x 353 cm, 2012

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OLEKSIY S AY

Born in 1975 in Kyiv. In 1993 graduated from Kyiv Art — Industrial Technical School, Department of Graphic Design. In 2001 graduated from the National Academy of Arts and Architecture, Department of Easel Graphic. Since 1995 participates in exhibitions. For a long time worked successfully in the field of design and advertising, has received a number of prestigious awards, participated in the Cannes Lions-2003/Young Creatives. In his artworks, he develops the theme of modern cities and the general industrialization. He draws easel works with a program Microsoft Excel preparing big Spreadsheets filled by numerals, fragments of business documentation and detached words from business language and coloring it — and receiving big works with a picture of this tab. His work can be described as an example of a new «digital» aesthetics. Lives and works in Kyiv. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Museum of Art, Kyiv); «Matrix/Collective Memory» (2013, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA); «Excel-Art» (2012, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA); «All Colours of Our Monitor» (2010, State Gallery «Mystetskiy Arsenal», Kyiv); «If» (2010, the Museum of Modern Art PERMM, Perm, Russia); «PinchukArtCentre Prize» (2009, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Excel-Art» (2007, gallery «ARTStrelka projects», Moscow). Selected collections: Phillips Auction House, ArtCurial Auction House, private collections in Western and Eastern Europe.

Installation «Time to Say Goodbye at the Space Odyssey», Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2011 «Sphere of Segmentation», exhibition of the 20 nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2009

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Big Joy, aluminium, digital print, Microsoft Excel, 1 from 1, 141 x 212 cm, 2009

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TIBERIY S I L VA S H I

Born in 1947 in Mukachevo in the Transcarpathian region. He graduated from the Taras Shevchenko Republican School of Arts and the Kyiv State Art Institute. In the 1980s he was one of the originators of the so-called New Wave gathering of the future greats of Ukrainian art at the famed open-air session in Sednev. Silvashi was the spiritual leader and the head of Pictorial Reserve, a 1990s association of abstractionists for whom color was the main instrument and central to their painting. Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Simple Form» (2010, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv); «Fifteen» (2010, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv); «Tiberiy Silvashi and Vasyl Bazhay: Abstract Painting» (2010, Contemporary Art Museum, Kyiv); «Wings» (2008, Ya Gallery Art Centre, Kyiv); «Night, Day, Garden» (2008, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Art, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), Wiener Platz Gallery (Munich, Germany), Zaporizhzhia Art Museum (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine), Russian Ministry of Culture (Moscow).

Exhibition «Present Time or Inhale-Exhale Space», Bottega Gallery, Kyiv, 2012

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Painting Monochrome I, oil on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2009–2010

Painting Monochrome ІІ, oil on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2009–2010


Painting Monochrome III, oil on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2009–2010

Painting Monochrome IV, oil on canvas, 200 x 120 cm, 2009–2010

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MARINA S K U G A R E VA

Born in 1962 in Kyiv. After graduating from the Taras Shevchenko Secondary Republican School of Arts, she continued her education at the Dagestan High School of Arts in Makhachkala, Russia, then at the Lviv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts. Her first painting appeared in a squat on Furmannyi Lane in Moscow, where she lived in the late 1980s–early 1990s with her husband, Oleg Tistol. She earned acclaim with her «cross-media» stitched paintings, for which she invented a unique technique that merged an austere and disciplined artistic perfection with homemade «handiwork». This fresh approach continued the avant-garde traditions of the early 20 th century, merging «high art» with the «low» and, for the first time in contemporary Ukrainian art, introducing a feminist slant. The artist dedicated three of her most famous series to the magic realism of daily life («Tables», second half of the 1990s–2000), traveller’s notes («Roads», 2004–2009), and the human body («Nude», 1988–2011; also «Good Housekeepers», 2007–2011). Her artistic works are regularly on display at Sotheby’s and Phillips. Selected exhibitions: «Great and Grand» (2013, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv), «Contemporary Ukrainian Artists» (2012, YermilovCentre, Kharkіv); «The Kitchen» (2011, SMuGа, Sumy, Ukraine); «Made in UKR» (2007, TSEKH Gallery, Kyiv); «Presents for…» (2006, ARTStrelka Projects, Moscow); «Marina Skugareva» (1996, +/- Gallery, Basel, Switzerland). Selected collections: Zaporizhzhia Museum of Arts (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine), Moscow House of Photography, Municipal Gallery of Odense (Odense, Denmark), Christoph Merian Stiftung (Basel, Switzerland), SC Johnson Kyiv Corporation (Kyiv).

Project «The Kitchen», exposition, Smuga Gallery, Sumy, 2011

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Egypt. Hotel, digital print, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 140 cm, 2012

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YURIY S O LO M KO

Born in 1962 in Crimea. He studied at the Krasnodar Art School and later at the Kyiv State Art Institute, as a monumentalist painter. He was a member of the Kyiv group Paris Commune (1990–1994). In 1991 Solomko started working on the project «Artistic Cartography». In 1997–1998 he took part in the international project «Cartographers». In 1997 he received a Golden Section award for Artist of the Year in Contemporary Art. In 1999 he participated in the «Preventive Measures» project during «The Days of Ukrainian Culture in France»; in 2001 he took part in the first Ukrainian project at the Venice Biennale. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Contemporary Ukrainian Artists» (2012, YermilovCentre, Kharkіv); «20 Years of Presence» (2011, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv); «Independent» (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «Restriction» (2010, Collection Gallery, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Above the Wall» (2009, ArtNext Gallery, New York); «Ukrainian Painting» (2008, White Box, New York). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Duke University Museum (North Carolina, USA), Moscow House of Photography, Henie Onstad Art Centre (Hovvikodden, Norway).

Yuriy Solomko’s studio, Kyiv, 2012

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First Violin, acrylic on canvas, 170 x 132 cm, 2012

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VIC TOR SYDORENKO

Born in 1953 in Taldy-Kurgan, Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Kharkiv Institute of Arts and Industry. In 2001 he founded and headed the ­M odern Art Research Institute within the Academy of Arts of Ukraine. The Institute represents and researches contemporary art in Ukraine. In 2003, the artist presented his solo project «Milestones of Time» at the 50 th Venice Biennale. He was a co-curator of the Ukrainian project «Poem about the Inland Sea» in 2007, and in 2011 he was a commissioner of the Ukrainian project «The Ghent Altarpiece: Second Incarnation». In 2013 he was a commissioner of the Ukrainian project «Monument to a Monument» at the 55th Venice Biennale. As a painter, he has progressed from realism to neo-avant-garde. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «The Myth. Ukrainian Baroque» (2012, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Levitation» (2011, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Milestones of Time» (2010, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA); «Levitation» (2009, National Art Museum, Kyiv); «ArtHamptons» (2010, Tatiana Mironova Gallery, New York); «Authentication» (2008, Taiss, Paris); «Traverse Video» (2007, 10th International Video Festival, Toulouse, France). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), Yale University School of Art (New Haven, Connecticut, USA); Kharkiv Art Museum (Kharkiv, Ukraine), Zaporizhzhia Art Museum (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine).

«Depersonalization» project, exposition at Modern Art Research Institute, 2009 Victor Sydorenko’s studio, Kyiv, 2010

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Cupola, from the «Levitation» project, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 250 cm, 2013

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OLEG TISTOL

Born in 1960 in the village of Vradiyivka in the Mykolayiv region of Ukraine. He completed his secondary education at the Taras Shevchenko Republican Secondary Art School, then entered the Lviv Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts. While in military service at the Makarov-1 Military Unit (1984–1986), he became acquainted with Konstantin «Vinny» Reunov. In 1988, the painter married fellow artist Marina Skugareva. While at Soviart, the first Soviet-American exhibition, he met Dmitro Kantorov, who invited him to the Moscow Furmannyi Lane squat. In late 1988, Tistol and Reunov, in cooperation with curator Olga Sviblova, launched their first art presentations in Glasgow, Reykjavík, Helsinki, etc. In the mid-1990s he and Mykola Matsenko started developing their Natsprom Programme. From 2002 until 2009, the artist worked with curator Olga Lopukhova. Since 1993 he has lived and worked in Kyiv. Tistol took part in the 49 th Venice Biennale as well as in the Moscow InterPhoto (1996) and Sao Paulo 22nd (1994) biennales. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Interpretations of Memories» (2011, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA); «The Mythology of Happiness» (2011, Salon Vert Gallery, London); «The Khudfond» (2009, Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow); «Natsprom», together with Mykola Matsenko (2003, Guelman Gallery, Moscow); «Nine Days» with Marina Skugareva (1992, St. Alban Tal, Basel, Switzerland). Selected collections: PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museum of History of Moscow, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), Christoph Merian Stiftung (Basel, Switzerland).

«Khudfond», exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (with M. Matsenko), Moscow, 2009 «Terrain Orientation», exhibition at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, 2013

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Crete 2, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2013

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VA S Y L T S AG O LO V

Born in 1957 in Digora, Northern Osetia. He received his education in the Pictorial Art Department at the Kyiv State Art Institute. Tsagolov is one of the leaders of the New Wave movement and a former resident of the Paris Commune arts squat. In the early 2000s he was the first to introduce new media into Ukrainian art, stirring emotions with his performances and provocative videos. He has since returned to painting. Tsagolov is often compared to the film director Quentin Tarantino for his black humour, colorful characters, and soft spot for ruthlessness. His mystic and ironic series, including «Ukrainian X-Files» (2002) and «Phantoms of Fear» (2003), earned him the reputation of being a «magician» of the post-metaphysical era, where funny tales are actually modern myths woven from a mix of folk traditions and global pop culture. Selected exhibitions: «Berliner Liste» (2013, Dymchuk Gallery at Kraftwerk Berlin, Germany); «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Fear Has Big Eyes» (2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv); «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum, Kyiv); «Thaw» (2008, Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia); «Sots-Art: The Political Art of Russia, 1972 to the Present» (La Maison Rouge Fund of Contemporary Art, Paris); «Ukrainian X-Files» (2002, Guelman Gallery, Moscow). Selected collections: State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Guelman Gallery (Moscow), Ekaterina Fund (Moscow); also private collections in Ukraine, Russia, USA, and Europe.

«Fear Has Big Eyes» project, exposition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2011

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Ghost of Revolution, oil on canvas, 265 x 535 cm, 2012

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M AT V I Y VAY S B E R G

Born in 1958 in Kyiv. He studied at the Taras Shevchenko Republican Art School and then in the department of book graphic arts at the Ukrainian Polygraphic Institute. With the art critic Andriy Mokrousov, he defined the concept of the so-called «Kyiv rearguard» — a figurative, narrative, anthropological, existential art — as a response to the intervention of post-modern practices. He called himself a non-theistic painter and, while an atheist, turned to religious themes. The painter illustrated the novel The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, as well as the books of Shalom Aleichem, Isaak Babel, Carl Jung, Soren Kierkegaard, and Jose Ortega y Gasset. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Contemporary Ukrainian Artists» (2012, YermilovCentre, Kharkіv); «Sparrows, Hippopotamus, and Others» (2011, Triptych ART Gallery, Kyiv); «From Chaos to Order» (2008, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv); «The Sixth Day» (2005, Triptych Gallery, Kyiv); «Retrospective» (Art Gallery of Kyiv Mohyla Academy); «Comet Wine» (1998, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv). Selected collections: Russian Art Museum (Kyiv), Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum (Vilnius), Zaporizhzhia Art Museum (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine); also private collections of Igor Dychenko (Kyiv), Igor Voronov (Kyiv), Lora D. Art Gallery (Chicago, USA).

«Creation of the World», exposition by Bottega Gallery; part of the Curators’ Cartel project, GOGOLFEST, Kyiv, 2008

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Window, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2010

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ARTEM V O LO K I T I N

Born 1981 in Eskhar, Kharkiv region, Ukraine. In 2005 graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts. Winner of the Grand Prix Non Stop Media-2006 and Non Stop Media-2008, winner of the First International Visual Arts Competition for Creative Youth of Foundation «Eidos». In 2009 won the main prize in the competition for the PinchukArtCentre Prize. In 2010 studied at Anthony Gormley’s workshop, London. He presented his works at «The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice» Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di Venezia (2011, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice). Works in the technique of painting, photographs, video. Lives and works in Kharkiv and Kyiv. Selected exhibitions: «Ukrainian Zriz. Lyman» The second Triennial of Ukrainian Contemporary Art (2013, Lublin, Poland); Presentation of Non Stop Media festival (2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow); Art Kyiv Contemporary (2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); The First Kyiv Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012 (2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); «The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice» Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di Venezia (2011, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice); «Якщо/Если/If» (2010, PERMM, Perm). Selected collections: PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Voronov Art Fundation (Kyiv), Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine (Kyiv), Kharkiv Municipal Gallery (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

Exposition at the First Kyiv Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2012 Exposition at Future Generation Art Prize@Venice, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice, Italy, 2011

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Experience 1, handpainted oil on canvas, 205 x 184 cm, 2010–2011

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OLEKSANDR ZHY VOTKOV

Born in 1964 in Kyiv into the family of the famous painter, graphic artist, illustrator, and professor, Oleg Zhyvotkov. He was educated at the Republican Fine Arts School and the Kyiv State Art Institute. Together with his father and brother Sergiy, he established a «family art school» known for its minimalism and monochrome imagery. In 1992 he joined the Pictorial Reserve art group. For 20 years his creative work has been characterized by iconic flatness and an ascetic limitation of the color palette to white, black, and grey. One of the painter’s most recent series — To the Question of Nepalese Thangka — was devoted to the ancient visual painting of Tibetan monks. Selected exhibitions: «Terrain Orientation» (2013, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv); «Contemporary Ukrainian Artists» (2012, YermilovCentre, Kharkіv); «Seven Works» (2011, White Space, Stedley Art Foundation, Kyiv); «20 Years of Presence» (2011, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv); «Pictorial Reserve: Version 2008» (2008, Bottega Gallery, Kyiv); «Painting» (2007, Triptych Gallery, Kyiv); «Frontier Land» (2006–2007, a series of exhibitions in Poland and Ukraine). Selected collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Kyiv Museum of Russian Art, Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), Ministry of Culture (Russia), BBC Gallery (London), Sumy Regional Museum of Art (Sumy, Ukraine).

Exposition of the «Persona» & «Lenin» galleries’ stand at ART KYIV Contemporary, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2010

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Work № 2 from the «Lybid’» series, oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2004

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OLEKSIY Z O L O TA R I O V

Born in 1985 in Kyiv. He completed his secondary education at the Taras Shevchenko National Secondary Art School, then entered the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. After the Academy began active exhibition activities and work with street space and participation in sculpture symposiums. The author of two sculptures in the urban space: sculpture «PEAR», complex with fountain, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2012 and sculpture «Movement of Suprematism», Kyiv, Ukraine, 2011. Received a nomination for «best young sculptor» and was in Residence in YSP, 2012. One of the initiators of the production base for artists and architects S.O.M, 2012. Since 2013 in addition to his solo career, works in collaboration with Vasiliy Grublyak. Selected exhibitions: Kulturfestival Wedding und Moabit (2013, Berlin); «Scale» (2013, WerkKunstGallery, Berlin); Great Sculpture Salon (2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv); Kyiv Sculpture Project (2012, Kyiv); Group exhibition of National Union of Artists of Kyiv (2012, Kyiv); Great Sculpture Salon (2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv) Ukrainian Sculpture Triennial (2011, Kyiv). Selected collections: Voronov Art Fundation, private collections in Ukraine, Germany.

Pear, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2012 Wind Rose, Great Sculpture Salon at Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2012

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The Movement of Suprematism, metal, H — 45 cm, 2012

Molecule, patinated wood, H — 40 cm, 2013


Time and Space, steel metal, patinated wood, H — 40 cm, 2013

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Exhibition catalogue

CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN ARTISTS

Presented by Firtash Foundation Curator Igor Abramovych Coordinator Natalia Мatsenko Assistants Sergiy Kantsedal Yuliya Polishchuk Photographers Olena Ilienko Maria Bykova Sergei Illin Eugeniy Khlebnikov Design Andrey Shalygіn Editor Maxim Dobrovolsky Printed ADEF-Ukraine

© Firtash Foundation, 2013


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