Vitaly Pushnitsky (b. 1967, Leningrad, USSR) is a Russian artist who works with various media, including painting, sculpture, graphics, and art objects.  

Art critic Stanislav Savitsky writes: “One of the contexts in which Vitaly Pushnitsky's artistic biography unfolds is with the students of Neo Rauch and the circle of Leipzig artists who focus on painting as the primary media of contemporary art. The debate over academicism may seem to be left behind in his distant student past, yet it has not lost its relevance after moving to German soil. After all, it was at the Leipzig Academy of Arts that it became possible to create a school of contemporary painting. For the Russian situation, this event is more than significant. No matter how independent a Russian artist is and no matter how far they depart from academism in their work, the very existence of this archaic institution determines a lot in our artistic life — the academy never loses its influence. In this area Vitaly Pushnitsky also manages to remain himself, continuing to experiment with traditional languages of fine art in such a way that his works rethink important concepts of our time. Metamodernism, currently at the center of heated debate among critics and intellectuals, is revealed to us as artistic experience rooted in tradition and granting the artist creative freedom.”

 

Awards

2012

  • Special Prize of French Government on Kurekhin Festival, Cite International des Arts. Paris, France

2008

  • Kandinsky Prize nominees

2007

  • Grant, The Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM, USA

2005

  • Grant, Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi, India

2002

  • Grant, Kala Art Institute. San Francisco, Berkeley, CA, USA
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Primary solo exhibitions

2020

  • Ampersand. Marina Gisich Gallery. St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Breath. Erika Deak Gallery. Budapest, Hungary

2018

  • Growing Painting. pop/off/art gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • TRIBUTE. Painting. Novy Myseum. St Petersburg, Russia

2017

  • Studio. In Waiting. CosMoscow. Moscow, Russia
  • TRIBUTE. Erika Deak Gallery. Budapest, Hungary
  • TRIBUTE. Masters School. St Petersburg, Russia

2016

  • Waiting. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia

2015

  • Habitat. Studio. CosMoscow. Moscow, Russia

2014

  • Practical Operations. RuArts Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • Point of View. Moon. pop/off/art gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • INDEX14. Savina Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • INDEX13/14. UralVision Gallery. Ekaterinburg, Russia

2013

  • Procrastinated. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Points of View. Part III. TK Galeria D’Art. Barcelona, Spain

2012

  • Points of View. Part II. Novy Myseum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Points of View. Part I. Erika Deak Gallery. Budapest, Hungary
  • Mechanisms of Time. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia
  • Point. pop/off/art gallery. Moscow, Russia

2011

  • True Blue Will Never Stain. Frantz Gallery Space. New York, USA
  • Point. Korjaamo Gallery. Helsinki, Finland
  • Exit. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Burn. Al-Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Birth Date. Sputnik Gallery. New York, USA

2010

  • Scale Measurement. TK Galeria D’Art. Barcelona, Spain
  • Perm Art Gallery. Perm, Russia; 6th Novosibirsk Biennale of Graphic Art. The State Novosibirsk Art Museum. Novosibirsk, Russia

2009

  • Redeemed Light. The Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre. Krasnoyarsk, Russia; The State
  • Prisons, Temples and Banks. Huset Guldager Gallery. Bloven, Denmark
  • Here&Now. Fabrika Project. Moscow, Russia (parallel program, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art)
  • Here&Now. Al-Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Here&Now. FABRIKA. Moscow, Russia
  • Cell: Solitary Confinement. RuArts Foundation. Moscow, Russia

2008

  • SON. Al-Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Reconstruction. Gallery Atelier №2. Moscow, Russia (with P.Bely)
  • Incidere Venecia. pop/off/art Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Burn. Frantz Gallery Space. New York, USA
  • Birth Date. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia

2007

  • Some Letters from the Empire Edge. Al-Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • LUX. pop/off/art Gallery. Moscow, Russia (parallel program, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art)

2006

  • The Iron Century. The State Hermitage Museum. The National Centre for Contemporary Art. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Atmosphere. Huset Gallery Guldager. Grindsted, Denmark

2005

  • Roots. Terra Artis. Kuhmalahti, Tampere, Finland
  • Reaction. D-137 Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Impressions. AM Gallery/pARTner Gallery. Moscow, Russia

2004

  • Introspection. Marat Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia

2003

  • Retranslation. The State National Centre of Photography. St Petersburg, Russia
  • SKY. KvadraT Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Joseph Brodsky, Urania. The Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House (Sheremetev Palace). St Petersburg, Russia

2002

  • Introspection. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia

2001

  • The Iron Century Poet. Gallery 103. Pushkinskaya 10. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Circenses et Panem. Holstebro Musik Theatre. Holstebro, Denmark

2000

  • Inventarisation. Kunstkamera. Contemporary Art in a Traditional Museum Festival. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Introspection. Gallery Garden. Grindsted, Denmark
  • Russian Artist. Olgod Museum. Olgod, Denmark
  • Black Boxes of Dreams. Freud’s Dream Museum. St Petersburg, Russia

1999

  • Reflections. A-Ya Gallery. The State National Centre of Photography. St Petersburg, Russia

1998

  • Reflections. Gallery Garden. Grindsted, Denmark

1997

  • Russian Artist. Private Hospital. Abenra, Denmark
  • Russian Artist. Horsens City Library. Horsens, Denmark

1996

  • Russian Artist. Political Institute. Nykobing-Falster, Denmark
  • Russian Artist. The European Cultural Capital Project. Old Huset. Kolding, Denmark

1995

  • Light, Sword and a River. Borey Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia

1994

  • Solo. Chiron Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
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Public exhibitions

2019

  • 8th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art. The Main project Orienteering and Positioning. Moscow, Russia
  • Rooted to the spot. Street Art Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Life after Life. Exhibition Hall Manege. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Beauty +/-. Exhibition Hall Manege. St Petersburg, Russia

2018

  • Breakthrough. Ekaterina Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • Just Beneath Reality. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Choice. Sam Ducan Gallery. Leipzig, Germany

2017

  • Interpretations. University Ca’Foscari , Cyland Media Art Lab. Venice, Italy
  • Interpretations. 10th Cyfest. Academy of Fine Arts. St Petersburg, Russia

2016

  • 5th Baltic Biennale. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Russian Contemporary: Drawing. No Limits. London, Great Britain
  • Patterns of the Mind. Cyfest NYC. Pratt Instituute. New York, USA

2015

  • Provenance. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Russia. Realism. 21st century.  The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Picture after Painting. Academy of Fine Arts.  St Petersburg, Russia
  • Real in Irreal. Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art. Kyungdong, Corea
  • Pavilion of the Republic of Mauritius at the 56 International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy
  • On My Way. University Ca’Foscari , Cyland Media Art Lab. Venice, Italy

2014

  • Жи/Ви. Painting & Video in a relationship. Solanka State Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Conditions of Storage. Anna Nova Art Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Another Home. Parallel program Manifesta 10. Frantz Gallery Space, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Crystallizations. Contemporary Art from St.Petersburg. The Museum Centre of Turku. Turku, Finland
  • Signal №1 & №2. St Petersburg, Russia

2013

  • Capital of Nowhere. University Ca’Foscari, Cyland Media Art Lab. Venice, Italy
  • Actual drawing. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • NightFall. Gallery Rudolfinum. Prague, Czech Republic

2012

  • Exhibition of Kandinsky Prize Nominees. Moscow, Russia
  • NightFall. MODEM. Debrecen, Hungary
  • Time Shadow. The State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno. Moscow, Russia
  • Exhibition of Kuryokhine Prize Nominees. St Petersburg, Russia

2011

  • The Demise of St Petersburg. Name Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • The Book of the Artist. The Museum of Contemporary Art ERARTA. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Reverse Perspective, pop/off/art Gallery. Moscow, Russia (parallel program, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art)
  • Private Collection Forum. PERMM Modern Art Museum. Perm, Russia
  • Myth. Mashine. Person. Erika Deak Gallery. Budapest, Hungary
  • Void. RuArts Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • Doors. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Black and White. PERMM Modern Art Museum. Perm, Russia
  • 10th Anniversary of Gallery. Marina Gisich Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia

2010

  • The New Sculpture: Chaos and Structure. Novy Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Duel. RuArts Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • Doors Open Day: A Mansion – A Gymnasium – A Clinic – A Museum. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Russia
  • Exhibition of Kandinsky Prize Nominees. Moscow, Russia
  • Black and White. Modernariat Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Always Other Art. Victor Bondarenko Collection. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Russia

2009

  • The New Sculpture: Chaos and Structure. Gallery on The Solyanka str. Moscow, Russia
  • The Russians. Ober Gallery. Kent, New York, USA
  • The Art about the Art. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Silence. The Red Flag Factory. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Show Me a Hero. Calvert 22. London, Great Britain
  • Recycling. The State Hermitage museum. The National Centre of Contemporary Art. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Landscape. RuArts Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • Distance. 8th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale. The Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre. Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2008

  • Exhibition of Kandinsky Prize Nominees. Moscow, Russia
  • Boris Iofan and The New Babel. Atelier №2 Gallery. Moscow, Russia

2007

  • The XX Century Art in St Petersburg. Exhibition Hall Manege. St Petersburg, Russia
  • The Age of Space. The A.S.Popov Central Museum of Communicationts. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Something About Power. 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The National Centre of Contemporary Art. L-Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • I Need No Map. The Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House (Sheremetev Palace). St Petersburg, Russia
  • New Angelarium. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Russia

2006

  • Wake up! 3rd Baltic Biennale. Raumi, Finland
  • Space I. Vostochnaya Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Space I. Belka&Strelka Project. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Russia Fly By. Hungart-7. Salzburg, Austria
  • New Russian Avant-Garde. Exhibition Hall BurdaYukom. Munich, Germany.
  • Circle III. Belka&Strelka Project. St Petersburg, Russia

2005

  • Steps. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Nimbus for the House. Kuhmalahti, Tampere, Finland
  • Light I. Belka&Strelka Project. St Petersburg, Russia
  • In a Memory of Newton. The Multidisciplinary Project. The national centre for contemporary art. St Petersburg, Russia
  • I Click, Therefore I Am. M’Ars Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Human Project. Piterskie. 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia
  • He Was a Tall Man… 100th Anniversary of Daniil Kharms. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Faces. M’Ars Gallery. Marat Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Collage in Russia 20th Century. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia

2004

  • The Emperor Paul I: The Modern Image of the Past. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Stair to the Sky. ART-Kliazma. Moscow, Russia
  • Silence. The State Novosibirsk Art Museum. Novosibirsk, Russia
  • NA KURORT. Kunsthalle. Baden-Baden, Germany

2003

  • Touch Me. The Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House (Sheremetev Palace). St Petersburg, Russia
  • The Space of a Picture — The Space of Reality. The Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House (Sheremetev Palace). Goethe Institute. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Digital-Analog. New Countdown. Marat Guelman Gallery. Central House of Artist. Moscow, Russia

2002

  • Russian Artists. Gallery Garden. Grindsted, Denmark.
  • Project Live Architecture: Park of Sculpture and Relaxation. The Akhmatova museum at the Fountain House (Sheremetev Palace). St Petersburg, Russia
  • Lost Heroes. ARTGenda. Hamburg, Germany

2001

  • MIR-PEACE. Borey Gallery. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Re: MIR-PEACE. ArtAgents Gallery. Hamburg, Germany.
  • MEDIA-PRIVET. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Dembelsky Album. The Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House (Sheremetev Palace). Soros Foundation. St Petersburg, Russia

2000

  • Black Boxes of Dreams. Introspection. Project for 3rd International Performing & Experimental Art. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Art Festival of St Petersburg. Musikhouset. Esbjerg, Denmark
  • Interseason. Art-Ambulance. St Petersburg, Russia

1999

  • 4th International Biennale of Graphic Art. The State Novosibirsk Art Museum. Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Art of Still Life. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia

1998

  • Myths & Legends. The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia

1997

  • Cultural Landscape of Kaliningrad. The State Kaliningrad Art Gallery. Kaliningrad, Russia

1996

  • 4th International Biennale of Graphic Art. The State Kaliningrad Art Gallery. Kaliningrad, Russia
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Collections

  • Museum Collections and Foundations
  • Ekaterina Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • Breus Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • ArtLink. New York, USA
  • Chairman, Aldrich Museum of Art. New York, USA
  • Contemporary Art Museum art4.ru. Moscow, Russia
  • Freud’s Dream Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • Kala Art Institute. Berkeley, San Francisco, USA
  • Kolding Art Institute. Kolding, Denmark
  • Kolodzei Art Foundation, Highland Park, NJ, USA
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Russia
  • Novy Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
  • PERMM Modern Art Museum. Perm, Russia
  • Red Bull Collection, Salzburg, Austria
  • RuArts Foundation. Moscow, Russia
  • The Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre. Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art ERARTA. St Petersburg, Russia
  • The National Centre of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia
  • The State Kaliningrad Art Gallery. Kaliningrad, Russia
  • The State Novosibirsk Art Museum. Novosibirsk, Russia
  • The State Russian Museum. St Petersburg, Russia
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Education

1994

  • The Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
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