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In the framework of the “Artist of the Week” program, VLADEY opens an exhibition of Vladimir Kozhukhar’s new works – “Untitled”, which consists of watercolors created in recent years.
Vladimir Kozhukhar was born in 1968 in Odessa. He lives and works in this wonderful port city, which has given to the world such celebrities as Anna Akhmatova and Leonid Utyosov.
For the first time Moscow audience saw Vladimir Kozhukhar’s works in 2000 at the “U Kraya” show at REGINA Gallery. Same year his works were displayed at the Art-Moscow and Art-Manezh fairs. This first acquaintance was memorable: the perception of Kozhukhar's works varied from "shoot those" to "the artist reached subtle soul strings." This is how the well-known curator and critic Ekaterina Degot describes her impressions: “…his works showing almost naked girls on roller-skates, which brought him first popularity in Moscow several years ago, look quite provocative. And yet, if something is naked, it’s first of all the nature of painting – stimulation of desires. Nobody is free of desires, and if you personally was not touched by these works, make no mistake: you will be by some others. Attractiveness is a purely individual thing.”
About the artist
Vladimir Kozhukhar was born in 1968 in Odessa Oblast. In 1996, he graduated from the Arts Faculty of K. D. Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University. In 1997-2000, the artist became infamous for provocative erotic graphics and paintings. Since 2003, Kozhukhar has focused on scenes of everyday urban life, sports and images of mass culture. The color scheme of these works is muffled: the pictures look like dusty urban spaces or fading memories. The artist transfers to the canvas situations that usually remain on the periphery of our view: passers-by on the streets, simple apartment interiors, news on TV, industrial zones of the outskirts. The artist reflects life in its everyday variety, piercing simplicity and original romanticism. Nevertheless, many pictures often seem to be “the world behind the looking glass”, a fantastic vision.
In 2004, Vladimir Kozhukhar was nominated for a contemporary art prize the "Black Square". His works are in the collection of the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation (Moscow), as well as in many private collections in Russia and abroad.