Roman Minin

Ukraine 1981

Urban Art, Street Art, Installation, Painting

Roman Minin
Roman Minin
January 29, 2015
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Roman Minin is known as a painter, graphic artist, photographer, author of objects and installations and a street artist.

He was born in 1981 in Dimitrov in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. Minin graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts in 2008. From 1998 to 2008 he took part in a lot of non-conformist, underground exhibitions and rock concerts in Kharkov-city, Ukraine. In 2009 he received the Talent and Vocation medal from the worldwide alliance Peacemaker. Four years later, was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize.

The Donetsk region, where Roman Minin was born, is identified by mining. For the people living there it is not only an industry but a way of life. Minin has taken that as the main subject of his paintings and stained-glass windows, a metaphor for a closed social system that allows no way out. With The Plan of Escape from the Donetsk Region, Minin created his own artistic escape route from that imprisonment. In that “plan” Roman states: “I was born in a family of miners. All my parents, grandmothers, grandfathers and brothers are miners. I know everything about this profession, because it became a part of my life. But I do not depict miners only as a symbol of hard work. First of all they are a symbol of search of light and fire in our life. Also, for me they are a symbol of a modern science, Data Mining, it makes the images of my miners actual for whole world, because any person as a miner extracts the meaning of life within themselves and in the world around him.”

His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group projects in Ukraine and abroad. As one of the well-known figures in contemporary art in Ukraine, he organized and participated in numerous street art festivals, was a head of the program Isoliatsya in city space in the Isoliatsya centre of the modern art in Donetsk in 2012.

Minin currently lives and works in Kharkiv.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Exhibition of 20 nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize PinchukArtCentre, KievGroup
2013Contemporary Ukrainian ArtistsSaatchi Gallery, LondonGroup
2013RE-PUBLIC. Russian Art in the Streets Urb Festival, HelsinkiGroup
2013The Re-Aligned Art Tromsø Kunstforening Tromsø, NorwayGroup
2013Terrain Orientation National Art Museum of Ukraine, KievGroup
2013Ukrainian News Сentre of contemporary art 2013 – «Ujazdow Castle», WarsawGroup
2013Great and Grand Mystetskyi Arsenal, KievGroup
2012The plan of escape from the Donetsk region Palazzo Cantagalli, Foligno, ItalySolo
2012Source of Life Sinergy Gallery, Rome, ItalySolo
2012Construction Centre of contemporary art YermilovCentre, Kharkov, UkraineGroup
2012Myth. Ukrainian Baroque National art museum of Ukraine, KievGroup
2011The plan of escape from Donetsk region Municipal Gallery, Kharkov, UkraineSolo
2011Street art festival Kharkov, UkraineGroup
2011International Portfolio Revue, MoscowGroup
2011Collective dreams Modern Art Research Institute, KievGroup
2010Dreams About War VOVATANYA Gallery, Kharkov, UkraineSolo
2010History of beautiful mania Volga Art Gallery, MoscowSolo
2010Miner's folklore Municipal Gallery, Sumy, UkraineSolo
2010Symbol of faith Museum of Russian art, KievSolo
2010Stoy! Kto idet? International Young Art Biennale, MoscowGroup
2009Miner's folklore Ukrainian House, KievSolo
2009A day with fire Volga Art Gallery, MoscowSolo
2008Your miner Building of city administration, Donetsk, UkraineSolo
2007Your miner Art Foxtrot Gallery, KievSolo
2007A day with fire Maestro Gallery, Kharkov, UkraineSolo
2007SMS-Art Maestro Gallery, Kharkov, UkraineSolo