Ilya Gaponov

Ilya Gaponov

About the Artist

Ilya Gaponov was born in 1981 in Kemerovo, an industrial mining town in the Novosibirsk region. His monumental and intensely detailed paintings are created with bitumen and Kuzbass varnish, both byproducts of coal mining. The monumental scale of Gaponov's work recalls the epic paintings of historical revolution but with entirely contemporary... Read More

Ilya Gaponov

Ilya Gaponov was born in 1981 in Kemerovo, an industrial mining town in the Novosibirsk region. His monumental and intensely detailed paintings are created with bitumen and Kuzbass varnish, both byproducts of coal mining. The monumental scale of Gaponov's work recalls the epic paintings of historical revolution but with entirely contemporary content. His unaffected observation combines with his superb academic craftsmanship to create deeply moving images of unparalleled sincerity. Frequently working in series and large narrative cycles his paintings are cinematic in scale, but the subjects are rendered with such extreme pragmatism that the paintings themselves ultimately become oddly distanced commentaries on spirituality and morality.

Gaponov graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 2004 and continued his studies at the acclaimed Mukhina Academy in St Petersburg, graduating in 2007. He continues to live and work in St Petersburg. Until 2010 he worked in partnership with Kirill Koteshov, also from Kemerovo.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND FAIRS:

2011 The Throne of Thyatira. Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2011 In the Depths. IX Krasnoyarsk Biennale, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2011 Sandpit. New Holland Summer Festival, St Petersburg, Russia

2010 Vive la Jeune Garde. Les Ateliers du Vent, Rennes, France

2010 Art Moscow

2010 Summer Snow. Maison du Loir-et-Cher, Blois, France

2010 A Hero of Our Time. II Moscow Young Art Biennial, Moscow, Russia

2010 Futurologia. Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

2009 Kandinsky Prize Exhibition. Louise Blouin Foundation, London, UK

2009 Krasnoyarsk Biennial, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2009 The Topography of Happiness. Tsaritsyno Estate, Moscow, Russia

2009 Art Moscow

2009 Art Factory Festival, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2009 Russian Beauty. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

2009 Europ'Art. Oboima Project Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland

2008 Father Frost Lives. Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2008 Three Days. Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2006 Do Not Disturb. Moscow Arts Centre, Moscow, Russia

2005 Nutcracker. St. Petersburg Conservatoire, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ilya Gaponov's paintings can be found in public and private collections throughout Russia. His work has also been collected by many high profile international collectors

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Artwork

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 7

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 7

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 5

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 5

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 3

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 3

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 4

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 4

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 6

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 6

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 1

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 1

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 8

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 8

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 2

Thyatiras FRESSEN no. 2

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 1

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 1

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 5

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 5

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 2

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 2

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 4

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 4

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 3

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 3

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 8

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 8

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 6

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 6

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 7

Thyatiras FRESSEN II no. 7

The Altar of Thyatire no. 2

The Altar of Thyatire no. 2

The Last Meal #2

The Last Meal #2

From the Series 'Alter of Thyateira' 2

From the Series 'Alter of Thyateira' 2