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Oleg Khvostov, born in 1972, is a prominent Russian contemporary artist. Khvostov’s works continue the tradition of the Russian avant-garde, first and foremost that of Kazimir Malevich. In his art one also sees a direct link with the early works of Pablo Picasso, the metaphysical landscapes of de Chirico, and the extreme geometrization of form seen in the works of Fernand Léger. His use of a vivid, contrastive color palette and his deliberate simplicity imbue the artist’s works with the decorative effect and irony of pop art.

 Painting is his medium. Khvostov uses themes from traditional painting genres – landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, multi-figured compositions – but also includes numerous “remakes” of world-famous works of art, from Leonardo to Jeff Koons. Nonetheless, his characteristic method of consciously simplifying form, freeing it from excess detail, and giving underscored roundness and cylindricity to shapes, in conjunction with his bold colors and large canvases, make his artistic manner original and easily identifiable.Khvostov has hundreds of paintings and thousands of graphic works to his name. He has participated in dozens of exhibitions and contemporary art auctions.Oleg Khvostov’s works can be found in high-profile art collections both in Russia and abroad. He lives and works in Saint Petersburg. 

Selected exhibitions:

Tirana Biennial of Contemporary Art

1st Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art

“Collage in Russia — 20th century”, State Russian Museum

“The thaw”, State Russian Museum

“Art about art”, State Russian Museum

“Russian beauty”, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

“Landscape instinct”, National Center for Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg

“Давай! Davaj!”, Postfuhramt, Berlin

“Давай! Davaj!”, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

 

Auctions and Markets:

SWAB Barcelona

Contemporary Istanbul 2013

Vladey

Art Space Event

Art-Moscow