Eastern Europe / Russia

Bozbiciu Alin

1989 - Romania
 

 

Alin Bozbiciu is a young, talented artist representing the figurative painting of the School of Cluj in Rumania. He excels in the medium of painting in all its facets.

Bozbiciu Alin - Composition with dog

2014 - Oil on canvas mounted on wooden board - 29,5 x 41,5 cm

Eloyan Armen

Armenia

 

Noted for his large-scale, irreverent paintings of anthropomorphic animals and figures, Armen Eloyan depicts absurd narratives in his darkly existential work. Though Eloyan doesn’t define himself as a writer, his paintings tell sardonic, sometimes erotic stories. Partly inspired by cartoons and street art, as well as the European masters, his works are heavily impastoed with colorful paints and thick black outlines, adroitly balancing dark humour with a searing existential vision.  

 

Recent exhibitions include Armen Eloyan, Timothy Taylor, New York, USA (2107), Armen Eloyan, Galerie Nicola Von Senger, Zürich, Switzerland (2017), Armen Eloyan: Garden, Timothy Taylor, London (2016); Armen Eloyan & Josef Scharl, curated by Harald Spengler, Kunstparterre, Munich (2014); The Pink Spy, M HKA, Antwerp (2014); Luc Tuymans: A Vision of Central Europe, curated by Luc Tuymans, Groeningemuseum, Bruges (2010); Until the End of the World, AMP Gallery, Athens (2009); Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2009); INVOLVED, curated by Philippe Pirotte, ShanghART Gallery & H Space, Shanghai (2008); and Two Feet in One Shoe, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2007).  Armen Eloyan was born in Armenia in 1966. He studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, graduating in 2005. He lives and works in Zurich.

Eloyan Armen - Untitled 

2011 - Oil on canvas - 72 x 55 cm

 

Elsner Slawomir

1976 - Poland

 

Slawomir Elsner’s photorealistic paintings and drawings capture issues of marginalized identities and traumatic contemporary experiences. He meticulously crafts his paintings and drawings from photographs, even reproducing various imperfections such as blurring or the effects of low quality paper. Elsner’s work often centers on the way images can obscure the truth of an event, as in “Landscapes” (2003), a series of delicately disturbing drawings based on press photographs of the Iraq War, illustrating the way aesthetics can conceal horrific casualties.

Elsner Slawomir - Grandpa's House, (Room 3)

2008 - Oil on canvas - 175 x 190 cm

Fajfric Bojan
1976 - Yugoslavia

Bojan Fajfrić was born in 1976 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His professional development started when he left Yugoslavia in 1995 to study visual arts in the Netherlands. He graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague and was the resident of the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam.  

 

Exhibitions: La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Paris; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; De Appel, Amsterdam; Künstlerhaus KM, Graz; NGBK, Berlin; MOCA, Belgrade; Tirana Contemporary Art Biennial; San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian; October Salon, Belgrade; MUHKA, Antwerp; Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp; ARCUS, Japan; Spaport, Banja Luka; SKUC, Ljubljana etc. 
 Screenings and festivals: Moderna Museet Stockholm, Centre Pompidou - Rencontres Internationales Paris/ Berlin/Madrid, International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Vienna International Film Festival, Doc Leipzig, Impakt Festival Utrecht, Film Institute Netherlands etc. Lives and works in Amsterdam

 

Fajfric Bojan - Dark Universe 

2004- Cibachrome on aluminium - 70 x 105

Fajfric Bojan - Tuning the countries II

2001 - Wooden table, membrane, pigment, audio - 255 x 125 x 110

Kusmirowski Robert
1973 - Poland

 

Performer, author of installations, objects, photographs and drawings. Born in 1973 in Łódź.  Critics and interpreters usually call Robert Kuśmirowski 'the genius of fake', an 'ingenious imitator', and a 'counterfeiter and manipulator of reality'. For the most part, his works are based on the reconstructing or copying of old objects, documents, photographs, or rather on the creation of delusively similar imitations. Often, they do not have a specific prototype, but only evoke the material culture of a certain time. However, their characteristic feature is watch-maker's precision and meticulousness.

 

In the larger installations, the artist's passion of collecting becomes apparent - objects accumulated form hardly apprehensible collections, defined by Joanna Mytkowska as "baroque of excess and entropy of detail." That is how Kuśmirowski returns to the issues of memory, history, and nostalgia that accompany the visual culture of the far and recent past, slowly disappearing under its new layers. This strategy accounts for the recurring vanitas theme in his oeuvre - the reconstructing of a past material culture becomes a means of picking up on issues of transiency, vanishing, and death.

 

His performances, sometimes accompanied by music composed by the artist, are of a similar character.  He studied in the artistic department of the Institute of Fine Arts at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin 1998-2003, where he graduated with a diploma in the sculpture studio of prof. Sławomir Andrzej Mieleszka. In the academic year 2002-2003 he was granted a scholarship, and stayed in the Metal and Modelling Studio at the University Rennes 2, Beaux Arts Rennes. Performer, author of installations, objects, photographs, drawings. Nominated for the annual Passport award from Poland's Polityka weekly, and in 2003, won first place in Raster magazine's ranking of artists. He is associated with the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. Lives and works in Lublin.  

 

Kusmirowski Robert - Ornaments of Anatomy 07 and 08

2005 - 2 Parts, oil on canvas in wooden frames - 40 x 33,5

Kusmirowski Robert - Jackson Pollok

2011 - Mixed Media - Variable dimensions

Mitroi Florin
1938 - Rumania

 

Florin Mitroi was born in the south-western part of Romania, in Craiova, in 1938. He lived and worked in the country's capital, Bucharest, until he died in 2002 at the age of 64.  Mitroi received his BA in painting from the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest, in 1961. This university in particular, and teaching in general, have been a constant in Mitroi’s life: he enrolled as a student in 1955, received a job as an assistant in 1961 and in 1992 he finally became a professor, a role he carried out until his final days. Some of the best-known Romanian artists active today were his students.  Florin Mitroi was a passionate teacher, but a reserved individual. His role in the arts school was well known by the local scene, but few knew his art too-he had only one solo exhibition during his lifetime, in 1993 at Catacomba in Bucharest. Only after his death did it become apparent how productive he had actually been.  Mitroi’s body of work seems very organised both in terms of medium as well as subject of representation. It consists mostly of paintings and drawings, as well as zinc cut outs of some of his usual graphic elements. He was very interested in the human figure and produced mainly portraits with an illustrative character, iconographic even: strong dark lines construct the faces and heads, which are usually bigger than the bodies, set on dense monochrome backgrounds.

Mitroi Florin - 11.I.985

1985 - India ink on paper - 33,1 x 23 cm

Mitroi Florin - 16.XII.985

1985 - India ink on paper - 33,1 x 23 cm

Solakov Nedko
1957 - BulgaRIA

 

Nedko Solakov plays with the codes of art and the art world but is also critical of social, political, economic and societal reality. He connects his personal experiences as a Bulgarian artist from an ‘old’ communist system to typical Western-capitalist artistic strategies. Solakov is a born storyteller. Ironic and often absurd texts frequently underpin his drawings and installations. In his apparently simple stories and works on paper, which are imbued with a mildly melancholic sharp-wittedness, the artist sometimes deploys almost surrealistic fiction to mock social events, himself, his artistry and the entire art circuit.

Solakov Nedko - A Rather Split (visually) Personality

2013 - Oil on canvas, in a specially produced gilded carved lime-wood frame 92X98X10 - 46 x 55

Solakov Nedko - Not so Bad

2010 - Sepia, black & white ink and wash on paper - 8 x (19 x 28 cm)

Solakov Nedko - Not so Bad

2010 - Sepia, black & white ink and wash on paper - 8 x (19 x 28 cm)

Solakov Nedko - Not so Bad

2010 - Sepia, black & white ink and wash on paper - 8 x (19 x 28 cm)

Shapovalov Boris

 

Shapovalov Boris - Fado

2010 - Oil on canvas - 117 x 79 cm

Shapovalov Boris - Fado

2009 - Oil on canvas - 110 x 140 cm

Stefan Florin
1968 - Rumania

 

Florin Stefan is a Romanian artist. He lives and works in Cluj, the second artistic capital right after Bucharest. This city has held the attention those past few years thanks to the emergence of what some may call its school of painting just like Leipzig did. Florin Stefan's paintings cover as much interior and genre scenes, as portraits, nudes and landscapes. The feminine figures are abundant in his work. May they be sitting, leaning, drowsed in front of a mirror, cleaning themselves, or in bed, they all reflect the instant, the desire that arises and become blunted, the attraction as Ami Barack writes.

Stefan Florin - For a Sugar Boy

2012/2014 - Oil on canvas - 140 x 190 cm

Vehabovic Zlatan
Croatia

 

Croatian artist Zlatan Vehabović is likely the most highly regarded young artist in Croatia having won First Prize for Zagreb Salon 2010, The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Award 2010, as well as an Essl Award in 2007, (Emerging Artists in Southeast Europe) 2010, and with a solo exhibit in 2011 at Lauba Museum in Zagreb, and inclusion in many important group shows.

Vehabovic Zlatan - Untitled

2011 - Oil on canvas - 90,2 x 60,3

Wolgin Roman

1971 - russia

 

After training in Russia, he studied at the KABK, attended the Rijksacademie and exhibited internationally. This painter, whose work has been regularly seen in The Hague in recent years, has undergone considerable development: his work is strongly influenced by his Russian background. In theme, but certainly also in technique.

Wolgin Roman - Divination & Measurements

2018 - Oil and varnisch on canvas - variable

Tcherepnin Sergei

1941 - russia

 

Serge Alexandrovich Tcherepnin (Russian: Серге́й Александрович Черепнин; born 2 February 1941) is a French-American composer and electronic-instrument builder of Russian-Chinese parentage. Tcherepnin is noted for creating the Serge Modular synthesizer.

Tcherepnin Sergei - Double Tongue Box

2013 - Steel, copper, 2 transducers, amplifier, Ipod - 40,5 x 35,5 x 35,5

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