Vladimir Semenskiy

Vladimir Semenskiy

Vladimir Semenskiy was born in 1968 in Imantau village, Kazakhstan. In 19991, he graduated from art school, Krasnoturyinsk, Russia. He has studied in Academy of Arts by Ilia Repin in St. Petersburg.

The language of Vladimir Semenskiy’s paintings just formally resembles traditional expressionism. Blurred images on canvas resemble the contours of real objects, but are devoid of the usual outlines and are approaching not only abstraction, or lyric sketches in the spirit of the early Alexander Labas. For the basis of each image Semensky takes things from the outside world, but transfers them conditionally. His art is not about naturalism, the artist lets the paints flow freely on the canvas and solidify in those forms that literally did not touch the painter’s brush.

In his latest series of works, “Practices of Contemplation”, Vladimir Semenskiy works almost on the edge of figurative and abstract painting. Starting from the specific objects of the outside world, the artist transfers their images to the thin fabric of the canvas, allowing the paints to spread and fill the necessary space. Materiality disappears, there is no need to “guess” the content, the aspect of abstract perception comes to the fore. Figurativeness becomes only a subtle hint, appealing to the inner mood of each viewer. Just as the artist deliberately “discards” the challenge of copying the surrounding reality, we should also give preference to our feelings, not to intelligence. Perhaps someone will see allusions to the Japanese landscapes of the Kano school or traditional Chinese compositions of Shan-Shui, and someone will feel the similarity with the illuminated film photographs of the beginning of the last century. The works of Vladimir Semenskiy do not put the viewer in an awkward position, forcing him to unravel and learn their secret meaning, they only offer to observe and enjoy the contemplation, without being distracted by the restless shell of the outside world.

Vladimir Semenskiy lives and works in Moscow and Sevastopol.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2020

Illustrations of Positions. Art-Boulevard, Yalta

 

2019

Practice of Contemplation. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2017

Entry Point. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2016

Ensemble of Spontaneous States. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2014

Terminal. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

Terminal. The Sevastopol Art Museum Named After M. P. Kroshitskiy, Sevastopol

 

2013

Equipped Play Landscapes. Mironova Gallery, Kiev

Shells. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2012

Shore. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

Litoralis. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2011

Private Space. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

Monochrome. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

Labirinth. Metropol Gallery, Moscow

 

2010

Relevance of Antiquity. Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta, Moscow

Kindergarden. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

 

2008

Confrontation. А & G Gallery, Moscow

 

2007

Stairs. А & G Gallery, Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Group exhibitions

 

2018

Actual Russia: Playing Classics. The Saratov Art Museum named after A.N. Radischev, Saratov

 

2017

Actual Russia: Playing Classics. The Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art, Moscow

 

2016

Actual Russia: Living Environment. The State Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow

Are You Going to Vacation? Agency. Art Ru, Moscow

Moscow and Its Citizens in Art of XX-XXI centuries. Museum of Moscow, Moscow

 

2015

Portrait Now! The Museum of National History in Frederiksborg Slot, Hillerød

 

2014

Christmas Exhibition. Moscow Artists' Union, Moscow

 

2013

Mixed Media – 2. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2012

From Moscow. The Central Universal Science Nekrasov Library, Moscow

Only Art. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

 

2011

Whales of the Season 7. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

 

2010

Whales of the Season 6. Krokin Gallery, Moscow

Selected Art Fairs

 

2020

International Contemporary Art Russia Fair. Moscow

 

2018

Russian Art & Antique Fair. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Wynwood. Miami

 

2017

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art Miami. Miami

Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Wynwood. Miami

 

2016

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art Miami. Miami

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art New York. New York

 

2015

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art Miami. Miami

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Miami New York. New York

 

2013

International Contemporary Art Fair VIENNAFAIR. Vienna

 

2011

IV Sevastopol Arts Festival “War and Peace”. Sevastopol

Charity Auction Phillips de Pury for Natalya Vodyanova's «Naked Hearts» Foundation. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Art-Moskva. Moscow

 

2010

International Contemporary Art Fair Art-Moskva. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Cosmoscow. Moscow

 

2007

International Specialized Exhibition Moscow Fashion Expo. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Art-Manezh. Moscow

Author’s works

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