interview on my artspace.com
1967 – Born St. Petersburg, Russia
1979-1983 – Junior Artist, Junior Art College, St. Petersburg, Russia
1984-1989 – Master degree in Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University
1993-1997 – Bachelor degree in Film Directing, St. Petersburg Institute of Cinematography and Television
2000 – Selected Group Exhibition, Brisbane Institute of Art.
2000 – Solo Exhibition, Thompson Hannah Lawyers, Brisbane Club Tower, 241 Adelaide St., Brisbane.
2000 – Intimate World Of Objects, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 4017, Brisbane.
2001 – Sets, Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane.
2004- Solo Exhibition, EIB Gallery, Wynnum.
2005-Group Exhibition, Ascot Art Gallery, Brisbane
2005 – Solo Exhibition/ May- June/, Ascot Art Gallery/www.ascotartgallery.com/, Brisbane
2005 August- invited to exhibit and to be represented by Agora Gallery, New-York USA
2005 November- finalist of Global Art Movement Competition, London, UK
2005-December – Group exhibition “Smile”, Ascot Art Gallery, Brisbane
2006-March-Grand Opening of RM galleries at Palma Rosa, Hamilton
2006-April,”Little Structures”, group exhibition at EIB gallery, Wynnum
2006-May”Geometry In Colour”-solo exhibition at RM galleries at Palma Rosa
2006-September-St Sebastian Art Spring exhibition, Brisbane
2006-September-invited to Guangzhou International Art Fair 2007,China
2006-October-invited to Florence Biennale 2007, Italy
2006- November-finalist of Medial Museum Biennale 2007, London, UK
2006-November-group exhibition at RM galleries at Palma Rosa, Brisbane
2006-December-participant of GA2006 International Art Conference, Milan, Italy
2007-January- Feature Artist at www.brisbaneartistsdirectory.com
2007-February-group exhibition at RM galleries at Palma Rosa, Hamilton
2007-March- Honorable award at Medial Museum Biennale 2007, London, UK
2007-May-The Collectors’ Exhibition, Steps Gallery 62 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne
2007-May-June “Bright and Contemporary” at “Tongue N Groove”restaurant, West End Brisbane
2007-July-new works at RM galleries at Palma Rosa, Brisbane
2007- September –Warwick Art prize exhibition, Warwick Art Gallery, QLD
2007-December – artworks at International Art Conference(generative art) Milan, Italy
2008- January- Art Auction at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2008-January-Feature Artist on myartspace.com, New York
Feature Artist on ArtLimited.net, France
Interview on myartspace.com
2008- represented by Galleria Poliedro, Trieste, Italy
2008-international exhibitions with L’AGENZIA DI ARTE, Portugal
2008-international exhibitions at Galleria Poliedro Trieste, Italy
2008-May-solo exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Private collections : Russia; USA; Australia; Sweden.; Canada ;UK
Films and Videos
1. One Day Of Actor’s Life, 1995, 35 mm, b/w, 10 min, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2. International Congress On Nitrogen Fixation, 1995, video, 30 min, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
3. Orange Of The Sculptor, 1996, 35 mm, color, 5 min, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
4. Corrosive Materials, 1997, video program, Knoxville Television, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
5. Mosaic Hills Of East Tennessee, 1998, video, 20 min, Tennessee, USA
I paint the human soul as it experiences both grief and joy. The human soul is an enormous secret world that becomes visible for the artist through perceiving and painting the essence of visible objects. I interpret human emotions by juxtaposing colours of my subjects. When in desperation I may see red as black, yellow as grey, or blue as brown. Objects are distorted, sugar is bitter, and peaches are tasteless. I paint grief turning to joy, for example, by showing an open red and black mouth screaming out white pearls.
To me art is a confession. All of my soul’s emotions are in my heart and blood – they move to my body’s rhythm - and I choose subjects as external interpretations of those feelings. I must be as close to my subjects as possible; so close that I can eat them or get inside them and thus almost every all my work is done as a close-up. I arrange canvases in awkward sets in order to give the feeling of my subjects in motion.
When is it possible to touch beloved objects? Coming really close to them is the answer… As close as possible!
Close-up means the possibility of touching. As a result of touching comes knowledge and possession.
Seeing an object from a distance does not give the possibility of touching it. Therefore it is impossible to know it and possess it. Technically, only close-ups allow us to see things from the shortest distance, or from no distance at all.
OBSESSION (I love, therefore I touch)
To love objects means to touch objects. Because physically ‘touching’ means ‘knowing’, touching gives knowledge of the objects. Passion for objects creates the feeling of wanting to touch everything I want to possess. The more things are created by people or nature, the stronger is the greed to possess. Because it is never enough!
KNOWLEDGE (I love, I touch, therefore I know)
Objects are alive. Objects interact with each other. They penetrate into each other. Objects exchange colors, energies and lives. Only close-ups give the possibility of touching objects and feeling relationships between them. Close-up opens the opportunity of knowing the mystery of lives of the objects by getting deeply inside the interaction between them.
POSSESSION (I love, I touch, I know, therefore I possess)
It is impossible to possess an object if I cannot keep it. It is impossible to possess all people I see, all nature I see, all the small and big objects I experience in their material existence. Moreover, it is not interesting. One loves something now, but one may lose the love later. The first time I see things, I fall in love, but I may lose my passion later (as it often happens with passionate people). To keep my feelings in eternity, I fix them spiritually in paintings. I fix my first-sight love straight on the canvas. Then, when I get bored with the objects, my painting has my energy, my feelings and my love. It means that I do possess the object spiritually and materially.
Why are paintings arranged in sets? Why the shape of the painting is awkward? I have no answer. It is just a feeling that it is right. The imagination of objects is always in an awkward shape and is always incomplete in my mind. Besides, putting canvases together gives a strong feeling of movement of the objects. My ultimate goal is to produce paintings as big as a movie theatre screen, but in an awkward shape.