Pasha 183 /   Pavel A. Pukhov

Russian Federation 1983

Urban Art, Street Art

Pasha 183
Pavel A. Pukhov
Russian Federation
April 22, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Pasha P183 born 11 August 1983 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He hid his identity, died in Moscow at the age 29 in 2013. According to Moscow papers, Pasha 183’s birth name was Pavel A. Pukhov. He also was known as Pasha P183 and P183.

Pasha 183 received a degree in communicative design, but never used the techniques he learned during his studies. He though had several jobs besides his nocturnal graffiti career, such as System administrator work, designer, restorer, art director, etc.  In 2012 he received the sudden attention of the international press.

The works of Pasha 183 range from murals spray-painted on public structures to combinations of audio and video, at times accompanied by a political message. His works have been compared with those of the British street artist Banksy, and U.S. artist Keith Haring.

Like Banksy, Pavel has chosen to keep his true identity a secret, revealing only a few biographical details on his website, including his birth and residence in Moscow and his degree in communicative design. However, Pavel 183 did not like the comparison, after 14 years spent forming his own style.

Despite Pavel’s degree in design, he used to attack advertising for its power to deprive people of free will. He also describes designers as money makers and compares them to real artists, whose work he respects most.

Pasha 183 was best known for his socially critical installations and grey-scale photorealistic murals. Later in his career, Pukhov explored different techniques of creation, eventually learning to draw in the dark with lights and to incorporate existing environmental aides, such as Moscow’s waterways and concrete spaces.

While his works addressed political issues, Pavel 183 claimed not to consider himself a “political artist”. One of his last works addresses the issue of the 2011 Russian legislative election, the results of which many in Moscow and around Russia have disputed.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Our work is a feat!Moscow Museum of Modern Art, GOGOLEVSKY BulvarSolo
2012Welcome back, Putin!. Amsterdam. Group
2012Team Rex showRed Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Stencil everyone needsvarious sites in MoscowGroup
2010The Wall, street art and graffiti projectCSI Winery, RussiaGroup
2009Contemporary Art Festivall, Starry SkyReutov Art Gallery, Reutov, Russia Group
2007Exhibition Paul 183Bookstore cafe RepublicGroup
2006Graffiti FestivalMoscow Wine Factory, Metro KurskajaGroup
2006StandardsCity Art Gallery, ReutovGroup