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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 22 May 1935, in Moscow.

Collage artist.

Sots art.

Son of the artist Semen Chuikov, Ivan Chuikov studied at the Surikov Art Institute, Moscow, from 1954-1960 and taught at the Vladivostok Art School from 1960-1962. In 1968 he became a member of the USSR Artists Union. He lives and works in Moscow and Cologne....

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Ukrainian, 20th–21st century, male.

Active since 1992 in the United States.

Born 30 September 1933, in Dnepropetrovsk.

Painter (mixed media), watercolourist, collage artist, installation artist, draughtsman, illustrator.

Sots Art, Perestroika Art, Conceptual Art.

Boulevard Stretensky group.

Ilya Iossifovitch Kabakov was evacuated in 1941 to Samarkand in Uzbekistan. In ...

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Russian, 20th–21st century, male.

Active in the United States from 1976.

Born in Moscow, Komar born 11 September 1943, Melamid born 14 July 1945.

Painters (mixed media). Figure compositions, figures.

Sots Art, Perestroika Art, Conceptual Art, Neo-Conceptual Art.

Vitaly Komar and Aleksandr Melamid are the inventors of the name ‘art of fools’ or ‘sots-art’, by analogy with the terms ‘pop art’ and ‘socialist realist art’. They borrow themes and very structured stylised productions from socialist realism and twist them with a subversive irony. They began working at the beginning of the 1970s, but they are best known for their work from the 1980s. They produced compositions in a classic, even academic style, in which characters from an idealised history of Soviet socialism are associated with figures from historical paintings or from modern images. In their painting ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Installation artist.

Sots Art.

Kiril Preobrazhensky belongs to the Sots Art (Social Art) movement, an unofficial movement that uses 'images from mass culture that are still completely impregnated with communist ideology'. He has worked with Andrei Belyaev, in particular on the work ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in Moscow.

Installation artist.

Sots Art, Conceptual Art.

Dmitri A. Prigov lives and works in Moscow. He is one of the generation of artists who lived through the period of glasnost (the Soviet policy of transparence and open information) in the 1980s. His work is a denunciation of the stereotypes of Socialist Realism and is close to Sots art, but his Conceptual tendencies are stronger and he not only twists political icons but also uses them simply as signs among others. Among his works is ...

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the USA and the Netherlands.

Born 12 November 1960, in Moscow.

Painter (including mixed media), draughtsman, environmental artist. Scenes with figures.

Sots Art.

Roiter studied at the institute of architecture in Moscow from 1978 to 1980. In Moscow he took part in a very active collective workshop set up in a nursery school that was later closed down by the Soviet authorities. He favours a gestural technique to produce Expressionist works that rely on a range of everyday materials: shower curtains, tablecloths, plastic sheeting, school blackboards, the labels from merchandise. He opts for everyday subjects such as street scenes, scenes in sports stadiums....

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Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1955, in Potsdam (Brandenburg), to Russian parents.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist.

Sots Art.

Shutov was a member of the graphic arts committee in Moscow, where he settled. He worked from 1978 to 1979 at the Pushkin museum of fine art in Moscow and held the chair of fine arts at the free academy ...