Aleksandr Dashevskiy


Alexander Dashevskiy
St. Petersburg artist Aleksandr Dashevskiy (born 1980) works with different art media but is primarily known as a painter. Back in 2013 he was on the list of the seven most investment-friendly young Russian artists according to the Forbes magazine.
In 2016, his work "Elektrosila" won the first prize at Arte Laguna Prize, in painting section. His works are represented in collections of the State Russian Museum (Saint-Petersburg), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), "Tsarskoselskaya collection" Museum (Saint-Petersburg), Krasnoyarsk Museum Center (Krasnoyarsk), as well as in private collections in Russia, USA, Germany, England, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Israel.

The task of finding various opportunities for working in the field of contemporary art becomes a major challenge for the author. The challenging technique becomes a tool that allows you to pay attention to subjects well-known yet kept out from the public gaze realm. In the 2000s Alexander Dashevskiy created a series about Soviet standard houses, often unpopular with their residents, eager for up-to-date comfort.

Then he painted preposterously majestic Soviet swimming pools and other buildings of the Soviet modernism, which fell into decay. However, neither of these portrayals are about nostalgia. They were more about things which remain in our everyday experience and continue to shape it but they are not being built in the present, people suffer from them or try to ignore them, preferring to hope that everything will change on its own. The artist works not only with history, which remains unreinterpreted and traumatic. The shadows of the past live together with the shadows of the present.

Today, Russian political environment keeps generating bizarre and unreal events, which nevertheless are absolutely real.. Many of the artist's works are focused on the different ways of living through this situation, which he converts into plots, almost allegorical. However, the author rarely reveals how to decode his works, occasionally coming up with new ones, which is consistent in its own way. The plots evoke a search for new artistic techniques. Recently, the artist has been inventing various forms a lot: he makes irregularly shaped canvas stretchers for his paintings to look like self-glowing formations, he divides images into fragments, making them unstable, or, vice versa, he transforms his work into an hyper-realistic trompe-l'œil, adding a painted shadow to it.

Education: St. Petersburg University for Film and Television, St. Petersburg Repin Academy of Fine Arts.
Since 2005, he has been a member of the International Federation of Artists; Since 2006 - a member of the cooperative “Free Culture” and the “Society of Painting and Drawing.”

Solo exhibitions
2017 "Movable commemorative sculpture-museum of the architect A. V. Zhuk", "Pulkovo" Airport, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2016 "Unsupported content", ART4 Museum, Moscow, Russia
2016 "The fallen and the precipitated", Anna Nova gallery, Saint-Petersburg
2013 Partial Losses, Anna Nova gallery, Saint-Petersburg
2012 Swimming Pool, Keumsan gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2012 Swimming Pool, Azarnova gallery, Moscow
2009 Swimming Pool, Anna Nova gallery, Saint-Petersburg
2008 Die Zelle, Colourblind gallery, Cologne, Germany
2008 Cells, Luda gallery, St.Petersburg
2008 Dibenkorn in Pulkovo, Anna Nova gallery, St.Petersburg
2008 Current Mood, gallery 10x15, St.Petersburg
2007 Gala Portrait at the Back Entrance, Gallery ‘Door’, St.Petersburg
2006 Women and Utensils, Museum of Nonconformist Art
2003 Real Estate, the Art Centre ‘Mit’ki of VKhuTeMas’
2002 Interiors, the Art Centre ‘Mit’ki of VKhuTeMas’
2001 Dry Point, The Art Centre ‘Mit’ki of VKhuTeMas’
2000 The Summer in Lebiazhje (with M.Ivanov), The Art Centre ‘Mit’ki of   VKhuTeMas’
2000 The Bolsheviks Avenue, the Art Centre ‘Mit’ki of VKhuTeMas’
1999 Landscapes, The Art Centre‚ Mit’ki of VKhuTeMas’

Group exhibitions
2018 "A tragedy in the corner." Museum Of Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2017 "LEXUS Hybrid Art 2017". Lexus Dome, Moscow, Russia
2017 "Human interest", Futuro Gallery, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
2017 "Structures", The State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2016 Arte Laguna Prize nominees exhibition. Venice, Italy
2016 "Current Russia: a habitat", Museum of contemporary history of Russia, Moscow
2016 "PLAYMMOMA: play with contemporary art!", Moscow Museum Of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
2015 «No time», Winzavod Centre of contemporary art, Moscow, Russia
2015 «We must cultivate our garden», Anna Nova gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2015 The devastation of the landscape," Historical Museum "Stroganov Palace", Usolsk, Russia
2014 «The other capital», Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2014 The exhibition of Kandinsky Prize nominees, the cinema "Drummer", Moscow, Russia
2014 "Signal 2014" «Contour» place, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014 «The other house», Frants Gallery Space, St. Petersburg
2014 «New Item», Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2014 «Private Life», Museum of Contemporary Art "Erarta", St. Petersburg, Russia
2014 «Saint-Peterburg noir" gallery "KultProekt" Moscow, Russia
2013 «Scores of minimalism» KultProekt Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2013 «Anatomy of Saint-Petersburg» Navicula Artis, St. Petersburg, Russia

2013 "Mistakes of youth" Graphic Cabinet, St. Petersburg, Russia
2012 Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea

2011 «Swimming pool» Keumsan gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Black and white, PERMM museum, Perm, Russia
2010 Art Moscow art fair, Moscow, Russia
2009 Space of silence, Red Flac Factory, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2008 Graphic art of the Society of Painting and Drawing, Gallery Borey, St.Petersburg, Russia
2008 The 3rd Session of Young Art ‘Recounting, Manege, St.Petersburg, Russia
2008 Kirkenes Plein Air, Grensemuseum, Kirkenes, Norway
2008 North-South, the Krasnodar Fine Arts Exhibition, Krasnodar, Russia
2008 Intime Tagebücher. Russische Kunst nach der sowjetischen Zeit, Barbarian Art gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2007 Summary Exhibition of the Society of Painting and Drawing, Borey gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2007 The Red Ring of Constructivism, Jam Hall gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2007 About the Railway, the Centre of Book and Graphics, St.Petersburg, Russia
2007 Chance Encounters-2, Village life gallery , St.Petersburg, Russia
2007 Self Portrait+, Jam Hall gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2006 Plein Air in Norilsk, Museum of Norilsk Region Development, the city of Norilsk, Russia
2006 Plein Air of Tsarskoye Selo, Museum ‘Collection of Tsarskoye Selo’, St.Petersburg, Russia
2006 Chance Encounters, Village life gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia  

Art fairs / biennale
2018 COSMOSCOW, Moscow, Russia
2016 COSMOSCOW, Moscow, Russia
2015 COSMOSCOW, Moscow, Russia
2013 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Venice biennale (parallel programme, Capital of nowhere exhibition), Venice, Italy
2012 ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain
2012 Pusan biennale of contemporary art, Pusan, South Korea
2012 AHAF  Hong Kong, China
2011 AHAF Seoul, South Korea
2011 3d Moscow biennale (parallel programme, Moscow Museum of Modern Art), Moscow, Russia
2010 Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2010 Art Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2010 Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2008 The 11th. Biennale of the Baltic Sea Countries, Kaliningrad, Russia
2008 ART.FAIR21 Messe für aktuelle Kunst, Expo XXI, Cologne, Germany

2016 Arte Laguna prize, Venice, Italy
2013 Khandinskiy prize, Short list
2011 The Sovereign European Art Prize
2011 Short list 2011 St. Petersburg avant-garde prize
2010 Yakutia Biennale of Contemporary Art, First prize