Miso /   Stanislava Pinchuk

Ukraine 1988

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Installation


Stanislava Pinchuk
December 1, 2014

Miso, also known as Stanislava Pinchuk, was born in 1988 in Kharkov, Ukraine. She studied at the University of Melbourne, where she majored in both Art History and Philosophy, and received a BA in 2011. Miso started her artistic career as a street artist at a young age making stencils, later shifting her attention to mediums such as paper and making installations.

Her first steps in the street art scene in Melbourne she took by herself at first. “I was 14, and I was wondering around the city a lot, seeing new things in the street every week. I guess that it was a pretty exciting time. Then I met a few other young, punk kids into it, and we started working together, exploring abandoned factories, painting and things like that.”  Miso also does illustrations, tattoos, works with photography, textile & graphic design. Her works are often ephemeral, and play with ideas of place & memory. She likes implementing a sort of bartering economics in her artistic practice. When she does one of her trademark tattoos for her friends, in return she receives from them goods or some sort of a favor, instead of money. As she says, she charges: “What someone feels its worth. Maybe they teach me a skill in return, cook me dinner, give me a book I would love, assistant work, whiskey. You never know, but everyone feels good about it, which I like. But more and more, I feel like it’s becoming a bigger part of my practice.” She implements this kind of practice because she considers her tattoos: “too important and intimate for me to take money for, at this stage.” She worked street art with a very clear influence from Gustav Klimt, and Secession style in general. To her list of influences she adds Russian Constructivist art, and Ukrainian folk art. For her creative process that starts with swimming, she says: “Most of my projects, when I start to plan them, are all located under water. It’s pretty ridiculous. But at the same time, you’re always thinking, planning, adjusting ideas, wherever you are. Airports and planes are good for that too.” She also adds: “You just start thinking of ideas first, and the medium comes later. Sometimes the medium is a big part of the idea, like with tattoos, or street pieces. But sometimes, something can start as a drawing and end up as a paper sculpture, or an installation, or something weird.” Miso also does collaborations with other artists like Warren Harrison.

Miso’s work has been exhibited and acquired by The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Portrait Gallery, and held in private collections internationally. She has also had a numerous public commissions, and published a book titled Street/Studio. Miso currently lives in Melbourne and Tokyo.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014MetabolismHugo Michell Gallery, AdelaideSolo
2013Bright Night SkyBackwoods Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2013Everywhere I Have Ever BeenMick the Gallery, SydneySolo
2012Tokyo From MemoryHugo Michell Gallery, AdelaideSolo
2012Honey In The RockChalkhorse Gallery, SydneySolo
2011The Radiant CityEdwina Corlette Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2011Les LumieresNo Vacancy Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2010TchusseGorker Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2008Nesting & DyingMetro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2012Show WhiteBlack Art Projects, MelbourneGroup
2012We AustraliansNational Gallery of Victoria StudioGroup
2012EFC CollectiveNational Gallery of Victoria StudioGroup
2011100 DrawingsBlack Art Projects, MelbourneGroup
2011Future TenseThe National Gallery of AustraliaGroup
2011Space InvadersThe National Gallery of AustraliaGroup
2010ConstellationsRMiT Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2008House ProudNext Wave, MelbourneGroup