Contemporary Art

Victor Sydorenko /   Sydorenko Victor Dmitrievich

Ukraine 1953

Victor Sydorenko
Sydorenko Victor Dmitrievich
December 28, 2014
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Victor Sydorenko is a Ukrainian painter, curator, teacher, an author of objects and photocompositions and also scientific and publicist. Since 1997 he is the member and the vice-president of Ukrainian Academy of Arts.

Victor was born in Taldy-Kurgan, Kazakhstan, then part of the USSR, in the family subjected to repression by Joseph Stalin’s regime. At the age of 8 he took an interest in the painting, at the age of 10 – in the photography.

After completing his secondary education and doing his military service Sydorenko entered Kharkov Art-Industrial Institute (the Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts) from which in 1979 he graduated with the degree with distinction. The student of the professor, the winner of The USSR State Prize, B.Kosarev, in 1981 he became the post-graduate student of the creative workshops of the Art School of the USSR.

Victor Sydorenko is one of leaders of Modern Ukrainian Art. Victor’s pathway from realism to neoavant-gardism is first of all a tribute to the full freedom of creativity of the last generation that grown and was working at a totalitarian regime. Time, Memory and History are the central idea of the project, which extrapolated their polyvariance and different readings into the language of visual images and construction. Such specific realities of our time as the memory problems, a heritage of post totalitarian rudiments, the questions of identification of the person in the modern world which is becoming more and more complicated, the prospects of the person in new globalised model of life-construction, enter into the sphere of creative interests of the artist. Besides, the research orientation of its creativity also concerns the past, but with underlined de-ideologized relation to a cultural heritage, with the use of possibilities of an arsenal of new media.

From the moment of creation of the project “Amnesia” (1995) the idea of «the renewal in memory of fragments of the past» will not leave Victor Sidorenko’s creative consciousness and every following project will be constructed on the basis of the concrete experience of the childhood, adolescence, youth.

The totalitarianism theme in its any forms and displays becomes the object of research of the Sydorenko in the project «Ritual dances» (1997). The author considers it as the global phenomenon of the ideological un-freedom, whether a political mode, whether sectarianism, religious dictatorship in which everything is directed on absorption of the person not only in spiritual way, but also in physical one. The project excludes any spatial and time concreteness and it is deprived of reflexions concerning the Soviet past. Its main task is to display the especial sensation of a paroxysm, crisis and spiritual degradation which are present at consciousness of the person living in the totalitarian validity.

With his project “Millstones of Time”, kept in neoclassic trend he created an outstanding, multilayered work, which special feature is its work in process. This becomes obvious in its ability to gain different modifications depending from concrete exhibition space without losing its main concept, as well as in presupposed consistent flexibility of perception of all its media components. This supports the fair thesis that the integrity of optics of the “current moment” is rather the totality of fragments understood in the process, in movement of feelings and modeled by thinking, imagination, nostalgically seeking the unity and coherency.

The searches of own identity in social collective are finished by the triumph of the unification. This is how the artist suggests deciphering the word-hybrid taken out in the name of an exposition of “Authentification” (2006). Victor Sydorenko does not stop here: the mechanism which is put in action and is generating metaphors, forces the author to make out a mummification prototype in a banal hairstyle. This triumph of a body looks like the transformation of a trunk into a perform for the plaster dummy which will definitively replace the person in society is cast. Only this dummy still has a chance to survive and find immortality.

In the project “Levitation” (2008–2009), the artist gives an advantage to the optical illusive game which is created by dense and viscous red color and by the space with large-format picturesque planes and installation. Man’s figures stretched out and soaring in air, are forcing to lose reference points and coordinates, and even yourself.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Under the Influence AuctionPhillips, London, UKGroup
2014Contemporary Art Day AuctionPhillips, London, UKGroup
2013Victor Sydorenko Solo ExhibitErmilov Center, Kharkov, UkraineSolo
2012The LevitationBlack Square Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2011Nocturne MiromesnilGalerie Albert Benamou, ParisGroup
2011The LevitationNational Academy of Arts, UkraineSolo
2011UKRAINIAN ARTISTSAlbert Benamou Gallery, ParisGroup
201120 years of presenceModern Art Research Institute (NAAU), KievGroup
2011IndependentMystetskyi Arsenal, KievGroup
201111ème Festival Européen de la photo de nuArles, FranceGroup
2011Art Chicago 2011Black Square Gallery, Chicago. USA Group
2011Art Palm BeachArt fair, Black Square Gallery, Florida, USAGroup
2011MIA art fairBlack Square Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2011Art Kiev contemporary 2011Mystetskyi Arsenal, KievGroup
2011Art MoscowTaiss Gallery, Moscow Group
2010Millstones of TimeBlack Square Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2010The LevitationTaiss Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Art HamptonsMironova Gallery, NYGroup
2010Oliva's SeedContemporary Art Center M 17, KievGroup
2010Scope Art Show BaselMironova Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Art MiamiMironova Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2010Art Chicago 2010Mironova Gallery, Chicago, USAGroup
2010SCOPE International Contemporary Art ShowMironova Gallery, NYGroup
2010RESTART (Contemporary Art Stars' of Ukraine)Modern Art Research Institute of Ukraine, Dymchuk Art Promotion, KievGroup
2009LevitationNational Art Museum of Ukraine, KievSolo
2009Sydorenko Viktor, New ArkCollection Gallery, KievSolo
2009DepersonalizationPlaza Athenee's, Paris, FranceSolo
2009New ArkCollection Gallery, Kyiv, UkraineSolo
2009Art Paris Taiss Gallery, ParisGroup
2009Art Palm Beach Art fairMironova Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2009Myth Creators, Gogol FestMystetskyi Arsenal, KievGroup
2009Art Kiev International Art FestivalNational Art Center Ukrainian House, Kiev Group
2008Victor Sydorenko: AuthentificationTaiss Galerie, ParisSolo
2008Yearning for the ImmensityMuseum of Russian Art, Kiev Group
2008Gogol FestMystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev Group
2007Gogol FestMystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev Group
2007Traverse VideoX International Video Festival, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2006Eastern NeighboursCultural Center Babel, UtrechtGroup
2006Victor Sydorenko: AuthentificationLavra gallery, Kyiv, UkraineSolo
2005NowV International Art Festival in Magdeburg, GermanyGroup
2004Millstones of TimeNational Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev, KievSolo
2004Faster than history - KiasmaMuseum of Contemporary Art, HelsinkiGroup
2004Farewell to ArmsMuseum of Contemporary Art Mystetskyi Arsenal, KievGroup
200350th International Art Exhibition Venice BiennaleBiennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2003Victor SydorenkoLora D. Art gallery, Chicago, USASolo
2003Millstones of Time50th Venice Biennale, ItalySolo
2003EurographicLavra gallery, Kyiv, UkraineGroup
2003Blood: Lines and ConnectionsMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USAGroup
2002Victor SydorenkoSoviart Gallery, KyivSolo
2002Art of nations (1992-2002)Central House of Artists, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2002Art of UkraineBeijing, ChinaGroup
2000Aral cycleMaysternya Gallery, KyivSolo
2000All-Ukraine Christmas ExhibitionNational Union of Artists of Ukraine, KyivGroup
1999Victor SydorenkoLillie, FranceSolo
1998Victor Sydorenko Solo ExhibitPendleton Art Centre, Cincinnati, USASolo
1998Salon of Central and Eastern EuropeParis, FranceGroup
1998International Art FestivalNational Art Center Ukrainian House, KyivGroup
1997Victor Sydorenko Solo ShowMunicipal Gallery, KharkivSolo
1996Victor SydorenkoState Fine Arts Museum of Kazakhstan, Alma-AtaSolo
1995Victor Sydorenko one man showPicture Gallery, Lviv, UkraineSolo
1995Kyiv Arts Fair95, UkraineGroup
1993Victor Sydorenko personal exhibitionNational Museum of Fine Arts, KyivSolo
1993Konsumentart-93Nurnberg, GermanyGroup
1992Victor SydorenkoFine Arts Museum, KharkivSolo
1992Exhibition of works of Ukrainian ArtistsBerlin (Zelendorf, Germany)Group
1992Exhibition Art of UkraineYale University, USAGroup
1989The Aral SeaArtist House, KharkivSolo
1987Post Graduates Exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts of the USSRMuseum of Russian Fine Arts, KyivGroup
1984My contemporary, Soviet-Union - Czech-SlovakiaCentral House of Artists, MoscowGroup
1983All-Soviet Union exhibition of the Academy of Fine ArtsMoscow, RussiaGroup