Artist Ivan Lukinykh is a dark horse. He carefully protects his private life, information about him is scarce, and only basics are known. He was born in Perm in 1978, from 1993 to 1996 he studied at the professional college of Perm № 4 (painting and graphics faculty), then commenced his studies at the Perm branch of Russian Academy of fine... Read More
Artist Ivan Lukinykh is a dark horse. He carefully protects his private life, information about him is scarce, and only basics are known. He was born in Perm in 1978, from 1993 to 1996 he studied at the professional college of Perm № 4 (painting and graphics faculty), then commenced his studies at the Perm branch of Russian Academy of fine Arts and Architecture. Lukinykh dropped out after a year and turned into a self-taught artist. At the moment he lives and works in Perm being the only artist using hyper-realistic approach to painting in his native city.
As typical for photorealists, painting by Lukinykh is unemotional and assumes no mark of the author's identity - except fastidiousness and stubbornness in a working process. But unlike classics of photorealism Lukinykh doesn't use video projector, and, making a start from the point-and-shoot camera images, recreates details of a random scene. Under hypnosis of a hyper realistic image it is difficult to notice at once that the repeating reality world of Lukinykh painting is a universe of dreams.
Windows of Lukinykh house overlook the typical view of the Permian suburb: garages, ravine, forest and pipes. Every day he sketched in pencil this dismal landscape, in which only the seasons and the location of vehicles changed. The meaning of this stubborn fixation is to catch the true substance of the subject, to catch its soul. The existence of this soul Lukinykh feels intuitively and everywhere: in a signboard of jewelry shop, in the mirrored wall of the shopping center "Colosseum" in the garbage can number 8. Ragged walls, poor girls and varnish car bodies - as well as brush strokes and pencil marks, are just a shell, behind which the genuine delight of the miracle of life nestled. That very delight of the first days of creation when newborn stars have not lost their fresh shine yet. And unsightly scenes by Lukinykh transparent to this miracle, only slightly cover it with a curtain: not to be blinded.
1993–1996 – Studied at art and graphics department of the Perm Pedagogical School №4, Perm;
1997–1998 – Studied in Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Perm
Selected personal and group exhibitions:
2012 Streets. Singularity progresses, Erarta Gallery of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg
2012 (Un)Conditional Reality. New Art of Perm, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg
2010 GOP ART, Festival "Perm Live", PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm
2010 Art-Perm 2010, Perm
2010 Myths and Legends of Perm the Great, Central Exhibition Space, Perm
2010 Real Art, ПRОЕКТ_FАБRИКА, Moscow
2009 Perm. Hyper-reality, Personal exhibition at Souz Art Gallery, Perm
Ivan's works are exhibited at the museum of modern art "PERMM", Erarta Museum and Galleries of contemporary art and also in private collections.