Sergei Sviatchenko

 

SERGEI SVIATCHENKO
The Maverick Image Maker and Style Connoisseur.
One of the most influential innovators of modern collage.

Sergei Sviatchenko was born in Ukraine and lives and works in Viborg, Denmark since 1990. He graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Art and Architecture in 1975 and studied PhD at the Kiev School of Architecture. A provocateur in the world of contemporary art , Sviatchenko's collages and paintings have been exhibited in Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, England, Canada, and the USA and featured in celebrated magazines such as Dazed & Confused, AnOther, Kilimanjaro, Varoom, Elephant, This is a magazine, Rojo, Viewpoint and Blueprint.

Drawing on and harnessing all of the cultural tides he has experienced in 40 years of image-making, Sviatchenko’s oeuvre spans the known and the unimaginable. It cuts through the boundaries of traditional and contemporary visuals to merge pop culture with politics, personal memory with collective histories, and architecture and science with the logic of dreams.

Sviatchenko has worked with a broad range of subjects and media. He experiments, challenges, and abolishes where other artists move within established comfort zones. From his early work as a conceptual artist and collage maker, he moved on to abstract painting and has done commissions and large-scale murals for international brands and institutions. More recently, Sviatchenko has created the fashion-forward photography project Close Up and Private, which looks to capture the spirit of modern style, as seen through the subtle shades of the individual. Through these details a complex discourse between clothing, fashion and image takes form, offering new perspectives on contemporary fashion and identity.

With a portfolio and methodology in perpetual evolution, his influences include modernism, surrealism, and rock music. In our world of sensory overload, Sergei Sviatchenko stands out as an artist with unique vision. This vision is also documented in Gestalten’s release Everything Goes Right & Left If You Want It, the first comprehensive collection of Sviatchenko’s collage and painting.

„Every now and then we recognize someone who has an authentic voice,
Danish collage artist Sergei Sviatchenko is such a person and one of the leading figures
in contemporary collage. Rightfully he recognizes the importance of connecting the visual arts
to al aspects of contemporary culture.“
(Richard Brereton, CUT & PASTE – 21st Century Collage /  Laurence King Publishing, London)

 

Vita SERGEI SVIATCHENKO:

1952
geboren in Kharkov (Ukraine)

1969-1975
Diplomstudium an der Kharkov Academy of Art and Architecture

1983-1986
Promotion an der Kiev School of Architecture

seit 1986
Ausstellungen in Museen und Galerien in ganz Europa, USA, Kanada, Russland, Japan, Australien

seit 1990
lebt und arbeitet in Viborg (Dänemark)

 

Auszeichnungen (Auswahl):

2013
IPA International Photography Award (LUCIES), Los Angeles

2012
IPA International Photography Award (LUCIES), Los Angeles

2010
Overall Winner of CATURE THE FADE, Sydney

2009
IPA International Photography Award (LUCIES), Los Angeles

2007
D&AD Yellow Pencil Award, London

2004
The 13th Seoul Space International Print Biennial, Seoul

2001
2nd World Festival of Art on Paper, Ljubiljana

 

Messen/Festivals (Auswahl):

2012
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, CCA&A GALLERY, Hamburg

2011
HAMBURG ART WEEK, CCA&A GALLERY, Hamburg

2004
ART 2004, Stockholm

2000
ART 2000, London

1999
ART MIAMI, Miami

1998
ARTISSIMA, Turin

1996
ART COLOGNE, Köln

1995
KUNSTRAI, Amsterdam

1994 & 1995
ART PARIS, Paris

1993 & 1994
FIAC, Paris

 

Buchveröffentlichungen (Auswahl):

2012
EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT AND LEFT IF YOU WANT IT: The Art of Sergei Sviatchenko, Gestalten (D)
SERGEI SVIATCHENKO: PAINTINGS & OTHERS, Hovedland (DK) 

2011
SKULLS / TOTENKÖPFE, Laurence King (UK) und DUMONT (D)
CLOSE UP AND PRIVATE, CCA&A (D)
CUTTING EDGES: CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE, Gestalten (D)
CUT & PASTE / 21st Century Collage, Laurence King (UK)
ILLUSTRATION, Laurence King (UK)

2010
STICKS IN THE MIND, Elephant (UK)
THE FUTURE IS JUNK, Varoom (UK)
GENERATION CHANGE, Viewpoint (UK)

2009
SENKO BOOK 1, Realise editions (UK)

2008
QUERDENKER / VOM KOPF AN DIE WAND, Darmstadt (D)

2007
CHOOSE YOUR OWN FUTURE, Dazed & Confused (UK)
SERGEI SVIATCHENKO, Playzebra (I)
MEETING SVIATCHENKO, LE magazin (GUS)
LESS, Rojo (E)

2006
SERGEI SVIATCHENKO, Varoom (UK)

2003
SVIATCHENKO: MULTIMEDIA, LIGHT, ART, STORIES, Borgen (DK)

1996
SVIATCHENKO: PAINTINGS 1993-1996, Egelund (DK) 

 

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