Lev Tabenkin

Lev Tabenkin (born 1952), Russian painter, graphic artist, sculptor. Son of artist Ilya Tabenkin. Studied at Moscow Institute of Polygraphy and worked at the Combine of Painterly Art. Member of the Union of Artists. Lives and works in Moscow.
Born: 1952, Moscow
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Painter, graphic artist, sculptor. Born in the family of Ilya Tabenkin and Valentina Mareyeva in Moscow (1952). Took up oil painting under the direction of his father (1966) and studied at Moscow Institute of Polygraphy (1970–75). Worked at the Combine of Painterly Art on Gorky Street in Moscow (1975–86). Member of the Union of Artists (1978). Lived for a year in Italy, where he was influenced by Renaissance frescoes (1980s). Married Galina Zhuravskaya and had a son called Mikhail (1987). Included in Sotheby’s landmark auction of Russian avant-garde and Soviet contemporary art in Moscow (1988). Painted a series of portraits of types (1990s). Nominated for the State Prize (2001). Lives and works in Moscow. Contributed to exhibitions in Russia (from 1974) and abroad (from 1987). Contributed to the Youth Exhibitions of the Union of Artists in Moscow (1974–88), Artist and Modernity at the Kashirka Exhibition Hall in Moscow (1987), Images of Young Soviet Artists in Tokyo (1987), Glasnost: Die neue Freiheit der sowjetischen Maler at the Kunsthalle in Emden (1988), Artistas soviéticos contemporáneos in Madrid (1988), Artisti sovietici contemporanei at the Studio Giorgio Marconi in Milan (1988), 13. Biennale der Ostseela?nder, Norwegens und Islands: Kunst im Frieden fu?r den Frieden at the Kunsthalle in Rostock (1989, gold medal), Six peintres soviétiques d’aujourd’hui at the Fondation Mona Bismarck in Paris (1990), 5+1 pintores de Moscovo at the Fundação de Serralves in Porto (1990–91), Exhibition of Russian Art at the Sim Gallery in Hong Kong (1991), Classic IV International Biennale in Kortrijk (1993), Moscow–Jerusalem at the Central House of the Artist in Moscow (1996), ARCO in Madrid (1996, 1997), Times of Change: Art in the Soviet Union (1960–85) at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2006), joint exhibition called Father and Son with Ilya Tabenkin at the Moscow International Art Salon in the Central House of the Artist in Moscow (1998) and one-man shows at the Galerie Julia Tocaier in Paris (1989), Galerie Dresdnere in Toronto (1989), Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki (1989), Gallery on Solyanka in Moscow (1992), Buckham Gallery in Flint (1993), Janice Charach Epstein Museum Gallery in Detroit (1993), Maya Polsky Gallery in Chicago (1994), Galerie Willy d’Huysser in Brussels (1995), Manège Gallery in Moscow (1996), Vellum Gallery in Moscow (2010, 2012) and April Gallery in Moscow (2011–12).

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