Ivan Chuikov

Born: 1935, Moscow

Painter, object artist. Born in Moscow in the family of Socialist Realist artist Semyon Chuikov (1935). Studied at the Moscow Secondary School of Art (1949–54) and at the Vasily Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow (1954–60). Taught at the Vladivostok School of Art (1960–62). After returning to Moscow, developed his own independent line of Conceptual art. Did not immediately join the nonconformist movement. Created such cycles as Virtual Objects, Road Signs, Panorama, Windows and Fragments, analysing and reorganising the quests of international modern art in line with his own aesthetic system. Joined the Union of Artists (1968). Selected an analytical method based on a combination of various forms of representation in one work (early 1970s). Embodying the external features of both painting and sculpture, his three-dimensional works or objects (cycles of windows and panoramas) are ironic games with such classical concepts of fine art as perspective or the picture as a window on the world. Later consciously played with the languages of mass culture, for example, the language of diagrams and signs. Employed such Pop Art devices as fragmentation and copying and the use of universal colours (blue sky, green grass, pink bodies). Currently lives in Moscow and Cologne. Contributed to exhibitions in Russia (from 1957) and abroad (from 1977), including the Youth Exhibition (1957) and a one-man show at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (2001–02).

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