Maxim Mamsikov is an Ukrainian contemporary painter, who has adopted and modified photorealist style, depicting everyday life, people and objects as fragments of collective memory.
Mamsikov was born in Kiev in 1968, where he attended Shevchenko Secondary School of Arts. He graduated from the Kyiv State Academy of Fine Arts, Graphic Department, in 1994. In 1999, he was a resident at the Art Academy in Munich.
As an artist, Maxim Mamsikov is interested in everyday life most of all. However, his interpretation of the genre does not mean a simple life-likeness. His paintings are rather fit into the latest trend of certain post-media realism based on the mechanism of paradoxical psychological compensation – the further away from reality you go, the more insistently you cling to its semblances. Mamsikov is trying to show and hide at the same time, filling the image with mysterious senses and emotional vibrations. Placed in celestial void, particular familiar things gain some new, otherworldly meanings, setting the tone for a sense of dark, unspoken social trauma – a theme that seems to run rife through today’s Ukrainian art.
His images often resemble a collection of random images with blurred focus, as if with the effect of shaking camera, reminiscent of the panoramic shot, taking as its subject the isolation of a lonely winter cityscape or deserted seaside. Maxim Mamsikov offers the viewer a certain extract of reality, transferring his immediate impressions into laconic stories. Showing only fragments, he pulls them out of their time.
Mamsikov’s series entitled Pocket Art is a collection of small or even miniature works. These images are unelaborated, fragmentary, and in lack of didactics, depicting players in the pitch, lovers on the lawn, a pack of Belomor cigarettes, a tank in snow, a plane taking off, a skier, Gagarin, birches. The language of these works is an intriguing game on the verge of reality and light unobtrusive dreams, while the tachisme-like Color Proof project contains almost equal amounts of the abstract and the hyper-realistic, gaining vectors in the direction of experiments with the pure essence of painting. In Aeroflora series he is interested not in people but in objects. It’s a colorful, infantile world, with huge inflatable toys floating in the blue sky. The intensity of the bright, pure colors and almost a designer construction of the canvas give birth to poetics close to psychedelics of pop culture and visual effects of pop art.
Mamsikov’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions across Ukraine, Russia and other parts of Europe. He was the winner of the All-Ukrainian competition of young artists Start in the Visual Arts in 2003.
The artist lives and works in Kiev.
|2013||Modern Ukrainian Artists||Saatchi Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2013||Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art||Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2013||August Agenda||Dymchuk Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2013||According to Forbes||City Museum Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2012||Mixt – Arsenale 2012||Collection Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|
|2010||Star Wars||Art Center, Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||Restart||Marine Art — Terminal, Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||Good Bye Crisis||Museum of Contemporary Art in Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||Giant balls and pocket auto||Gallery Collection, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2008||Big Walk||Gallery Collection, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|
|2008||Big Walk||Gallery Collection, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2008||Russian Poor||River Station, Perm, Russia||Group|
|2008||New Ukrainian painting||Gallery White Box, New York, USA||Group|
|2007||Color-sample||Fine Art, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|
|2007||On Geekdom: post-Soviet artists||Art Athens, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece||Group|
|2007||Bloomsday’07||Gallery Collection, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2007||Heroes||Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2007||Kiev winter||Beresnitsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2006||Windows||Beresnitsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany||Solo|
|2006||Ukraine, forward||Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2005||Urban Landscape||L-Gallery Art, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|
|2005||Frozen||Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia||Solo|
|2005||Snowdrops||Atelier Karas Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|
|2005||Beaty Free Shop||Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2005||Russia-2||Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2005||Year of the Monkey||Exhibition hall of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2005||Farewell to Arms||Art Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2004||Weekdays||Marat Gelman Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2004||Time Romanticism||Exhibition hall of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2003||New Ukrainian painting||Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2003||First Collection||Ukrainian art gallery CCS, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2003||Donumenta 2003||Regensburg, Germany||Group|
|2002||Painting firsthand||Art Manege 2002, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2002||The threshold||Youth Museum, Yekaterinburg, Russia||Group|
|2002||The threshold||Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2000||New Paintings||Gallery L-Art, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|
|2000||Intervals||Hehie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway||Group|
|1999||When screens are thinner||Passage de Retz, Paris, France||Group|
|1995||Pure Painting||Art gallery form, Kyiv, Ukraine||Solo|