Valery Koshlyakov was born in Salsk (1962).
He is a painter, graphic artist, the author of objects and installations. He lives and works in Moscow and Paris.
Valery Koshlyakov
Valery Koshlyakov was born in Salsk (1962).
He is a painter, graphic artist, the author of objects and installations. He lives and works in Moscow and Paris.
Valery Koshlyakov
About the artist
Valery Koshlyakov was born in Salsk (1962).

He is a painter, graphic artist, the author of objects and installations. He lives and works in Moscow and Paris.

Koshlyakov's interest in Art was cultivated by his father and grandfather, who used to pull out pages from the magazine "Ogonyok" with reproductions of paintings by the great masters and stick them on the walls of the flat.

In the late 1980s, having graduated from the Grekov Art College in Rostov-on-Don, Valery Koshlyakov worked as a stage designer in the regional Theatre of Musical Comedy. There he created a series of works entitled "Decoration of the Beautiful", which brought Koshlyakov fame in art circles. Subsequently this series' name was used as the title of the exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery (2012-2013) that explored the nature of the beauty of kitsch in 20th-century Art.

In 1991, with forward-looking Rostov artists from the "Art or Death" group, he became one of the founders of the legendary "Gallery in Trekhprudny".

Koshlyakov became known as the artist working in an unusual technique – painting on used multi-layered corrugated cardboard. Parts are torn and dangling, exposing the structure of the material and often hiding fragments of the image; the paint is applied on the protruding ribs of the cardboard – all of this creates a 3-D effect, going beyond the boundaries of the picture surface.
On the damaged surface of the painting, the artist, creating images of "mythical empires", depicts ruins – the remnants of ancient civilisations or the architectural symbols of the Soviet Union. This impression is enhanced by the paint drippings that cover the surface of the cardboard and create a hazy effect – a recognisable feature of Valery Koshlyakov's artwork.

In the artist's own words, his pictures are like "frescoes which have faded over time, or like the "artworks" of labourers who painted over an image and then someone else came along and washed that off".

Today, Valery Koshlyakov is one of the most famous and sought-after Russian artists at home and abroad. His paintings have been exhibited in the major museums of Europe and America – the Louvre, the State Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Museum of Modern Art in Rome, the Pompidou Centre, and the Kennedy Art Center in Washington. The artist's works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art (Avignon, France) and others. He has participated in three Venice Biennales.



Biennale
2003

Russian pavilion on 50th Biennale
"Comeback of an artist"
Curator: Victor Miziano
2013

Parallel programme of 55th Biennale
"Lost in Translation"
Curator: Antonio Dzheuza
2017

A personal show at 57th Biennale
"We are building utopia"
Collection
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