Yuri Tatyanin

Yuri Tatyanin

About the Artist

Tatyanin was born 1963 in Lipetsk, Russia where he continues to live and work. As expected, due the lack of financial support for artists during his youth, and despite his passion towards the arts, Tatyanin went on to initially pursue a more economically viable path. Hence, Tatyanin went on enroll and graduate from the Lipetsk Mechanical... Read More

Yuri Tatyanin

Tatyanin was born 1963 in Lipetsk, Russia where he continues to live and work. As expected, due the lack of financial support for artists during his youth, and despite his passion towards the arts, Tatyanin went on to initially pursue a more economically viable path. Hence, Tatyanin went on enroll and graduate from the Lipetsk Mechanical Engineering Technical School in 1982. Consequently, Tatyanin was also to develop his interest and passion for art whilst in the knowledge that he would be able to physically support himself and his family later on, if need be. So, between 1982-1989 Tatyanin worked at the Lipetsk State Academic Drama Theatre named after Leo Tolstoy. This period say Tatyanin become more comfortable in working with oil and the production of art works in general. Furthermore, this is also when the artist began to sign his canvases, where he shortened his full name to an abbreviation, to which he modestly added, "Genius of the Lipetskian Earth, Artist and Bookseller".

As an artist, Tatyanin initially focused upon traditional naïve characters, such as stray animals, whilst also exploring mythological characters such as mermaids. These enticing characters were eventually replaced by well known European artists and today's annoyingly popular anti-heroes, whom the artist calls "vampires". These are such artists as Joseph Beuys, who founded the concept of gesamtjunstwerk or social sculpture.

Due to his increased admiration and appreciation of late 20th century artistic movements, Tatyanin went on to found the Lipetsk Centre of Contemporary Art with art collectors Aleksandr Nazarov and Yury Sodorov. This still remains one of the only independent contemporary art centers in Russia.

Tatyanin straightforwardly brings artist and citizen together in the heavy black irony of the world around them. It is therefore difficult to evaluate Tatyanin's works through the usual analytic prism of composition and color, in as much as his ideas and unique philosophy are always the dominant elements in them. The artist himself recognizes this difficulty, labeling his style "intuitive neo-primitivism", even though it is doubtful whether the mutable prefix can justly be appended to the immutable idea of the naïve. If you wished to cast Tatyanin in a particular mold, then one might quickly call it naïve conceptualism. The artist, unique among all others, is both philosopher and man of words who can describe his freshly minted work telephonically, not worrying about its painterly qualities.

Tatyanin should be considered as one of the most relevant artist on the Russian scene today, often appearing on the evening news, while mornings are given over to his canvases. The artist calls the latter "Urgent Painting".

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 Dead Hare: All we got: Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art,

St. Petersburg, Russia

2010 Designer Dolls, Museum of Fold and Applied Decorative Art, Lipetsk, Russia

2010 PROZAEK or Other Rabbits I Don't Have For You. Х. Л. А. М Gallery, Voronezh, Russia

2009 Urgent Painting. SCOOP Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2008 We Love Militsya. Militsya Loves Us, pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, Russia

2007 The blood-suckers will not get through!, pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, Russia

2007 Action Joseph Beuyes: freedom or T, State Centre of Contemporary Arts,

Lipetsk, Russia

2005 The Good Artist Dead, pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, Russia

2001 The Good Artist Dead, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

2000 New National Heroes, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

1999 Marginal Art (Together with S.Bugrovskim), Exhibition Hall of the Union

of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

1998 Funeral of the Bald Girl, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk,

Russia

1998 The Genius of the Lipetsk Land, «Dar» gallery, Moscow, Russia

1997 Cats and Flowers (Together with S.Bugrovskim), Fund «Interaction»,

Lipetsk, Russia

1997 Sabaka? Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 Sovcom auction, Moscow, Russia

2007 Russia – Homeland of Elephants, pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, Russia

2007 Action Art Belongs, State Centre of Contemporary Arts, Lipetsk, Russia

2007 Art Moscow, 11th International Art Fair, pop/off/art gallery, Central House

of Artist, Moscow, Russia

2007 The Encyclopedia of Art from Y (kovlev) to A (rshakuni), Voronezh State Art Museum n.a. Kramskogo, Voronezh, Russia

2005 The Sixth, pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, Russia

2003 Collection of Brutal Arts, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

1999 Window to Moscow, Victor and Sergey Popov Collection, Exhibition Hall

of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

1999 Pushkin's Images in Creativity of Naive Artists of Russia, Central House of

Artists, Moscow, Russia

1997 Action initiation, Art-laboratory «Dominanta», Moscow, Russia

1996 Modern Painting of Lipetsk Artists, Regional Museum, Rostovskay obl., Russia

1996 Nu-March, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

1995 Inter-Regional Exhibition of Naive Art, Kursk, Russia

1994 Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Lipetsk, Russia

1993 Naive Art of Russia, «Na Solyanke» Gallery, Moscow, Russia

1993 Five steps, Regional Youthful Library, Lipetsk, Russia

Selected Public and Private Collections

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

The Russian Museum St. Petersburg, Russia

Erarta Museum of Cotemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia

Victor Bondarenko Collection, Moscow, Russia

Mikhail Tsarev Collection, Moscow, Russia

Boris Fish Collection, Moscow, Russia

Victor and Sergey Popov Collection, Moscow, Russia

pop/off/art gallery Collection, Moscow, Russia

Gregory Starobinets Collection, Moscow, Russia

Yury Sidorov Collection, Lipetsk, Russia

Alexander Nazarov Collection, Lipetsk, Russia

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