Oleg Tistol is a visual artist born in 1960 in Vradiivka, Mykolaiv region, Ukraine. His paintings, large-scale installations, photos, sculptures, and art objects have defined the main trends in contemporary Ukrainian art. He graduated from Kiev Republican Art School, the Department of Painting in 1978, and Lviv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1984.
Tistol’s art, which emerged at the edge of the Soviet and post-Soviet epochs, combined both a critique of Soviet culture with re-evaluation of its clichés, as well as the vital, joyful, and playful atmosphere, which largely defined the appeal of the “Ukrainian new wave”. The theme of “stereotype” marks the art of Oleg Tistol since the end of 1970s. Combining the national and soviet symbols, myths and utopias in his works, he discovered the notion of simulacrum for himself – a copy with no original. Such a paradoxical self-sustainability of propaganda as a substitution for the non-existing items unexpectedly unites propaganda with pop-art. Tistol was primarily interested in its formal aesthetic aspects – stencil plates, color back-ups, smoothly painted surfaces.
In 1984, Oleg Tistol began to work on the project “Ukrainian Money” that was in progress until 2001. In this project, artist moved from small drawings and etchings to big panel paintings and large-scale installations. In Tistol’s project, money appears as a cultural and symbolic category, which not only marks the history of national independence, but also anticipates and reflects the main problem of contemporary Ukrainian reality: the choice of values, both genuine and false.
In his painting series “National Geography” (1998–2004), he combined “the local” and “the foreign”, the authentic and borrowed, the ethnic and global problematic. The sources of this series were the old illustrated magazines with ethnographic photos of “different tribes”. In 2005, Tistol paints the “Telerealism” series, addressing arguably one of the most important problems in contemporary culture – television’s ability to manipulate situations and characters, as well as attach importance to any kind of image.
Tistol’s latest project “U. B. K.” (the Russian abbreviation for “Southern Coast of Crimea”), on which he has been working since 2007, features a new stereotype as well. Continuing his search for stereotypes, the painter finds them in his everyday life. The principal subject of the project are the palm trees on Yalta’s quay. It’s also the continuation of the theme “National geography”, where Crimea is the symbol of place for holidays, relaxation, paradise. Tistol is attracted by its man-made environment, which transforms the landscape into the part of a culture, as the palm trees are not authentic Crimea’s trees, they were planted here in the 20th century, forming its “new stereotype”.
The different techniques such as photo, painting, drawing, used in “U. B. K.”, passed one into another. The project contains the pictorial paintings and the cycles of prints, where the pages of school notebooks, quick notes, casual sketches, supermarket’s receipts, bills from the hotels and laundries, letters, the invitations on the passed exhibitions and the air-plane tickets are used as a background.
His works are part of collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Cristoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, Museum of History of Moscow, Russia, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ministry of Culture of Turkey, Ankara, and numerous international private collections. Tistol participated in 49th Venice Biennale and 22nd Sao Paulo Biennale.
He lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine.
|2013||М:2||Dymcuk Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Solo|
|2013||Industrial Eden||Institute of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2013||Modern Ukrainian artists||Saatchi Gallery, London, Great Britain||Group|
|2013||Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art||Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2013||August Agenda||Dymchuk Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2013||Race with time: The Art of the 1960s – early 2000s||National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2012||Perspective, Great Sculpture Salon 2012||Mistets'kiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine.||Group|
|2012||Myth Ukrainian Baroque||National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2012||Archive||Sumy Municipal Gallery Smuga, Sumy, Ukraine||Group|
|2011||Mythology of Happiness||Gallery Salon Vert, London, UK||Solo|
|2011||Memories Interpretation||Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA||Solo|
|2011||Art-Kyiv Contemporary||Mistets'kiy Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2011||Art Moscow 2011, Central House of Artists||Black Square Gallery, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2011||20 years of presence||Modern Art Research Institute, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2011||НезалежнІdependent||Mistets'kiy Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2011||11ème Festival Européen de la photo de nu||Arles, France||Group|
|2011||Art Chicago||Black Square Gallery, Chicago, USA||Group|
|2011||Space Odyssey||Mistets'kiy Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2011||Ukrainian artists||Albert Benamou Gallery, Paris, France||Group|
|2011||SCOPE, International Contemporary Art Show||Black Square Gallery, New York, USA||Group|
|2011||Art Palm Beach Art fair||Black Square Gallery, Florida, USA||Group|
|2011||MIA art Fair||Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA||Group|
|2010||RESTART||Modern Art Research Institute, Kiev, Ukraine||Solo|
|2010||VozhdіLєnіє||Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2010||Art-Kyiv Sontemporary||Mistets'kiy Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2010||Star Wars||Art Center named of Alexander Korobchinsky, Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2010||RESTART||Modern Art Research Institute, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||KHUDFOND 2009||Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia||Solo|
|2009||Assorti||Ya gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Solo|
|2009||KHUDFOND||Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2009||RESTART||Marine Terminal Art, Odessa, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||Ukrainian New Wave||National Art Museum, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2009||Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2009||Great Sculpture Salon||Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2008||Will to immeasurable||Kiev Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2008||The ideal age||Collection Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2008||Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2008||Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2007||Classwork||Ya gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Solo|
|2007||Television||World Bank property, Moscow, Russia||Solo|
|2007||Russia, as part of Art Basel Miami||Collins Building, Miami, USA||Group|
|2007||Reflection||PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2006||Ararat-06||Ya gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Solo|
|2006||Television||Zekh gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Solo|
|2006||Made in UKR||Zekh gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2006||The new space||PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2006||Television||ARTStrelka projects gallery, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2005||Reality Check||Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine||Group|
|2004||A Farewell to Arms||Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2003||Natsprom (together with N.Matsenko)||Guelman gallery, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2003||The first collection||Central House of Artists, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2002||National Geography||Guelman Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|
|2002||Beyond the threshold||The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia||Group|
|2001||First Ukrainian Project||49th Biennale of Contemporary Art, Venice, Italy||Group|
|2000||Intervals||National Art Museum, Kiev - Museum Henie Onstad, Oslo||Group|
|2000||Paintings||Atelier Karas Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine||Group|