Alexei Kostroma

(c) Alexei Kostroma KNOT. 2011 Air interactive installation 20x30x3 m 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, special project of GARAGE CCC "Necessary Art", Gorky Park, Moscow Courtesy AIRpoolART LLC, Moscow/Berlin

In the early 1990s Alexei Kostroma proclaims a new trend in contemporary art – organic, which can be traced to some highly original works of early-twentieth-century Russian Avant-Garde. It was this “organic” path, connected with the study of the laws of development of animate nature,  that allowed Kostroma to form his personal approach and his concept of the relationship between aesthetic theory and creative practice in contemporary art. His oeuvre is always rooted in research regarding the process of interaction between nature and man, and he strives to integrate the resulting knowledge into the social environment. The artist always follows several directions of the development of his subject, speaking about internal problems of human existence through the laws of the functioning of nature and perceiving the world as a single entity. What happens in nature is the starting point of his reflection, in nature as a physical and cultural-historical phenomenon. “Everything that surrounds us and everything inside us serves as material for work”. On the one hand, his art is always ultra-modern, because the performances he creates are centered around highly-inventive, technically flawless installations that use the most up-to-date high-tech equipment; on the other – it is archaic and serious, reminding us that art is a universal instrument of comprehending the world, that it is research from scratch, with wide-open eyes and switched-on intuition.

Born in 1962 in Kostroma, Russia. Graduated from the Russian Academy of Arts, Department of Painting in Saint-Petersburg in 1989. Lives and works in Berlin and Moscow. Nominated for Kandinsky Prize 2011(Project of Year, installation “UNO”). Participant of the exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, USA: “Phantom Monuments”, “Necessary Art” CCC “Garage”, Moscow (2011), “Feathered Chaos”, Wilde Gallery, Berlin (2010), Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009, 2011), “Russian Dreams”, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA (2008), Liverpool Biennale (2002), etc. Collections: State Hermitage, State Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam.

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