David Plaksin

David Plaksin

About the Artist

David Plaksin was born in Leningrad in 1936. He graduated from the Serov Leningrad Art College in 1957 and joined the Leningrad Gorkoma artistic movement. In 1980 Plaksin became an active member of the union of Russian Artists, allowing him to join the national federation of artists in 1990.

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David Plaksin

David Plaksin was born in Leningrad in 1936. He graduated from the Serov Leningrad Art College in 1957 and joined the Leningrad Gorkoma artistic movement. In 1980 Plaksin became an active member of the union of Russian Artists, allowing him to join the national federation of artists in 1990.

A celebrated book designer and illustrator all Plaksin's work has a strong graphic quality. There is a severe asceticism to much of his work and an overriding interest in traces of former life as contrasted with implied future life. During the 1980's Plaksin's work increasingly became a bitter statement on the existing order of things, but always tinged with a wry sense of sarcasm. Discourse on social injustice is often concealed in Plaksin's work and the artist himself describes the tendency as a farewell to a vanishing age and old views and habits.

During the Soviet era Plaksin held a prestigious position as a designer in secret military plants. Since the fall of the defense industry in the late 80's and 90's Plaksin returned to book design and illustration. In 1998 he began working with computers and digital photography. Numerous publications feature Plaksin's work, but prominent publications include Das Alphabet: Die Bildwelt der Buchstaben von A bis Z by Joseph Kiermeier-Debre and Fritz Vogel and Antimyths / David Plaksin / Painting / Graphic Art published in St. Petersburg in 2007.

Exhibitions

2013 Fragments. Art Center "Pushkinskaya, 10", St. Petersburg, Russia.

2013 Structure. Erarta Galleries London, London, United Kingdom

2011 Dessus de port for your home. Start Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia

2011 Painting and Other. Start Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia

2010 Photoshop to Classic. Travelling exhibition: Start Academy, St. Petersburg; Novgorod State Museum, Novgorod; City, Petrozavodsk, Russia

2009 Art About Art. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009 Play of Game. Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia

2008 Photoshop to Classic. International Federation of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007 A Stroll with the Author through his Life Story. Tretyakov Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia

2006 David Plaksin: A Retrospective. Russian Creative Union of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia

2004 100 Postcards to Friends and Everyone on Earth. Russian Creative Union of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia

1991 Both. Gallery 99, St. Petersburg, Russia

1990 Black and White. Editorial Office of Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia

1989 Alphabet. Art Bookshop, Leningrad, Russia

1975 Second Exhibition of Unofficial Artists. Nevsky Palace of Culture, Leningrad, Russia

David Plaksin's works can be found in the State Public Library, St Petersburg; the Museum of Nonconformist Art, St Petersburg; and in private collections in Russia, the USA, Germany, Finland.

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Artwork

Untitled 6 from the Series "My Biography in Still-life"

Untitled 6 from the Series "My Biography in Still-life"

Architecture 1

Architecture 1

Architecture no. 2

Architecture no. 2

Architecture no. 3

Architecture no. 3

Architecture no. 4

Architecture no. 4

Architecture no. 5

Architecture no. 5

Architecture no. 6

Architecture no. 6

Architecture no. 8

Architecture no. 8

Skyscraper 2

Skyscraper 2

Skyscraper 1

Skyscraper 1

St. Petersburg: St. Isaac Cathedral

St. Petersburg: St. Isaac Cathedral

St. Petersburg: Lion

St. Petersburg: Lion

St. Petersburg: Monument to Alexandr III

St. Petersburg: Monument to Alexandr III

St. Petersburg: Gogol Monument

St. Petersburg: Gogol Monument

St. Petersburg: Monument of Catherine the Great

St. Petersburg: Monument of Catherine the Great

St. Petersburg: Kirov Monument

St. Petersburg: Kirov Monument

St. Petersburg: Dedication Tercentenary

St. Petersburg: Dedication Tercentenary

St. Petersburg: The Fontanka River

St. Petersburg: The Fontanka River

Sankt-Petro-Lenin-Burg

Sankt-Petro-Lenin-Burg

Untitled 7 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 7 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 5 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 5 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 4 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 4 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 3 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 3 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 2 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 2 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 1 from the series "My biography in still life"

Untitled 1 from the series "My biography in still life"

Cadmium

Cadmium

Coeruleum

Coeruleum

Lemons from Italy

Lemons from Italy

Excercise with a Cut - I

Excercise with a Cut - I

Pisanello. Portrait of a Noble Lady

Pisanello. Portrait of a Noble Lady

Excercise with a Cut - II

Excercise with a Cut - II

Leonardo da Vinci. Out-of-date Portrait

Leonardo da Vinci. Out-of-date Portrait

Excercise with Cuts

Excercise with Cuts

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

Angel

Angel

Angel

Angel

Big Still life

Big Still life

This White Night

This White Night

Encounter

Encounter

Playing Chagall

Playing Chagall

Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

Reminder of the Past

Reminder of the Past

Still life with Geometric Objects

Still life with Geometric Objects

Carrying the Cross

Carrying the Cross

Mourning

Mourning

Pyramid

Pyramid

Christmas

Christmas

Cathedral

Cathedral

Dispute about Faith

Dispute about Faith

Temple

Temple

Black Square (triptych)

Black Square (triptych)

Giotto. Resurrection of Lazarus 1304

Giotto. Resurrection of Lazarus 1304