painter, sound artist, performer
currently living and working in Deptford NJ USA
As any artist I went through several strong influences, like Van Gogh, Impressionism, Fauvism, Mark Rothko, Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Damien Hirst and others, that have left visible traces in my work. For the last decade I devoted my work to exploring the beauty of the older male, the average next door type, attempting to break the stereotypical six pack beauty imposed by mass media. My subject matter is the male naked body but I never wanted it to be viewed as gay or homoerotic. Male nudity in general is considered a major taboo in most countries, while female naked figure seems to be a norm in the society dominated by straight culture. At one point somebody described my work as “non-glamorous”, meaning that I am not trying to portray a Greek god type from a magazine cover. Personally I find my models glorious just the way they are. In a way, that is what a true nude is about exposing a naked ordinary person, not masked by a gym built façade, telling its unique story by showing the marks, scars, wrinkles, and spare tire that are the land marks of its journey.
2008 Art Residency at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown,MA USA, sponsored by ArtsLink, NYC.
2006 Art Competition "Fresh Wind" prize of the viewers' choice at the Barnaul Contemporary Art Competition "Fresh Wind"
2005 one of the nudes went to museumMAN in Liverpool UK
2004 first conceptual project (Naked Loneliness)
2002 UK experience triggered a big change in approach
2001 the Second prize at the annual Altai Region Young Artists Exhibition
2000 graduated from the local Teacher Training Univ.
1999 first solo show
1990 moved to Altai, Russia
1976 born in Frunze, Kyrgyzstan
member of the art union Siberian Masters member of the Young Artists Union of Altai
works in the private collections in Russia, USA, including Hawaii, Caribbean, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Finland, Switzerland, Australia.
museumMAN Liverpool, UK
Saatchi Online Critic's Choice
Art Baby Art
The Urban Bear
2009 May-June, Turina Gora Gallery, Barnaul, Russia "American Trip"
2008 November, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA USA
2007 December, pavilion of contemporary art Open Sky, Barnaul Russia
2006 February, pavilion of contemporary art Open Sky, Barnaul Russia "EVENT"
2004 April, pavilion of contemporary art Open Sky, Barnaul Russia "Naked Loneliness"
2002 May-June, Barnaul State Univ,Barnaul Russia "Space"
2001 August, Barnaul State Univ,Barnaul Russia "Islands in the Ocean"
2001 January - February, Talmenka Regional Museum, Altai Russia "Thirty Impressions"
1999 December, Talmenka Regional Museum, Altai Russia
>> other shows:
2007 July, Barnaul, Russia Siberia Regional Young Artists Juried Exibition
2007 April - July, The Kinsey Institute Gallery,
Bloomington, IN USA
2007 March, Cedar Rapids, IA USA UNcover Show
2006 March - April, Barnaul, Russia
2005 October - November, Novosibirsk Russia
2004 June -July, St.Petersburg Russia
2004 June - Augst, Berdsk Russia Siberian Masters group exhibition
2003 December - 2004 February, Novosibirsk Russia Siberian Masters group exhibition
2003 July, Barnaul Russia Annual Altai Young Artists Juried Exibition
2003 June, Barnaul Russia The first exhibition of the Art Group "FOUR"
2002 August, Barnaul Russia Annual Altai Young Artists Juried Exibition
2001 December - 2002, January, Barnaul Russia
2001 November,Barnaul Russia "Regional Altai Art Exhibition"
2001 September - October,Barnaul Russia Annual Altai Young Artists Exhibition
2000 December -2001, January, Barnaul Russia
2000 June, Barnaul Russia Annual Altai Young Artists Juried Exibition