Contemporary art

Gosha Ostretsov/ Georgy Orstretsov

1967

Conceptual Art

www.ostretsov.com

Gosha Ostretsov
Georgy Orstretsov
Male
1967

Georgy (Gosha) Ostretsov is a famous Russian artist and one of the brightest representatives of Moscow avant-garde artistic life of the eighties. He practically founded the genre of man-style in Russia, and announced a fashion and style as the new language of contemporary art. Ostretsov’s work heavily references comic books; hero and villain are crystal clear and the struggle between humanity and a ruling government are evident.

Ostretsov was born in Mosow in 1967. He graduated from the School of Theatre Design at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1984 and began to work as an artist, showing his work at numerous exhibitions. In 1988 he moved to Paris, where he lived and worked for ten years, including a three-year period as artist and designer at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

The artist manages to preserve the provocative ambiguity of his whole project and to remain in an invulnerable position of independent social criticism, invariably quick witted and precise. The large canvases and installations are executed in the aesthetics of comics, mixed, as it were, with the accidental intrusion of the street, which spoils the totalitarian message with its colorful blotches and dirt. Ostertsov splatters bright colored graffiti across the picture plane creating his own style suggestive of techno folk art. His images of the destruction of capitalists and greedy authoritarian systems of control suggest a redistribution of energy and power. The artist doesn’t treat Fascism, Stalinism or Capitalism, as implicit ‘enemies’ but regards any system of government that seeks to progressively tailor society as such. The power of his images lies in his universal message and mission.

Gosha now lives and works in Moscow.



Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union Saatchi Gallery, London Group
2011Russian Landscape Marat & Julia Guelman Gallery, Moscow Group
2010Heavy Patients, Rabouan Mousson Gallery Solo
2010Love for Electricity TM Project Gallery, Geneve Group
2009Apocalypse Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow Solo
2009Art Moscow Triumph Gallery Solo
2009Banality and Eternity Triumph Gallery Solo
2009Gosha for Kids Triumph Gallery Solo
2009The Adventures of Robin Hood Paradise Row, London Solo
2009Another Mythology National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow Group
2009Invasion:Evasion, Baibakov projects, Moscow Group
2008Dead Souls Triumph Gallery Solo
2008Moloko-SOS Ravenscourt Galleries, Moscow Solo
2008Moscow photo biennial Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow Group
2008Laughterlife Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow Group
2008(Paradise Row), Zoo Art Fair London Group
2008Domestic Appliances Flowers East, London Group
2008Laughterlife Paradise Row, London Group
2008Fast Art 24 Winzavod, Moscow Group
2008Russian Roulette Museum Wiesbaden Group
2008Moscow Photo Biennial Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art Group
2007Under repair Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow Solo
2007Salon Beaute Rabouan-Moussion Gallery, Paris Solo
2007Rich-Bitch One Work Gallery, Moscow Solo
2007Morg (Moscow Organisation)' Central House of Artists, Moscow Solo
2007Group exhibition with G.Litichevskij *Austrian story* Resanita center of contemporary art. Graz, Austria. Group
2007Salon Beaute Rabouan-Moussion gallery, Paris Under repair. Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow. Group
20072nd Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art Sots-Art, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Group
20072nd Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art Artist`s diary, Central House of Artists, Moscow. Group
2006Cinemarathon curator project Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow. Group
2006Amateurs Marres Art-Center, Maastricht, Netherlands. Group
2006Group exhibition with Benjamin Barthel and Julie Sainton (Paris)Spear-Hand National center of photography of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg. Group
2005Lawlessness Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow Solo
2005Russia-2 Central House of Artists, Moscow. Group
20051st Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art Gender Passions Museum of Modern Art, Moscow. Group
2005Group project *Front: wechsel* Stift Vorau, Austria. Group
2005Participation in a group exhibition within the 1st Moscow Biennial Exhibition of Modern Art Soobshchniki (Partners), Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. 2005, George&George exhibition *In process*, paintings, video State Center of Modern Art, Moscow. Group
20058-th Biennale of graphics of the Baltic countries Koenigsberg Group
2004Performance, The Ceremony of Granting the New Government’s Order "Silver Badge of Honour" to the Best People of the Russia Federation S.Art Gallery, Moscow. Solo
2004Eat the Halfwit: wall mural in the Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val Modern Trends Departmemt,Hall of Actual Art. Solo
2004Controlled Democracy White Space Gallery. London. Group
2004Moscow-Warsaw Modern Art Center, Ujazd Castle,Warsaw. Group
2003New Countdown: Digital Russia with Sony Project The New Government Group
2003Against Global Net The Central House of Artists at Krymsky Val, Moscow Group
2002Vandals and Generals of the New Government Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow Solo
2002Moscow Photo Biennial: Project Bulimia Photo Centre at Gogolevsky Boulevard, Moscow. Group
2002Reconstruction Cetinje biennial Projects Rubber Tower, Lastomer (Pinniped), Shooting Gallery. Cetinje, Montenegro. Group
2001Contemporary Art in a Traditional Museum festival organised by the Ford Foundation Antarctic Eden one-man projectArctic and Antarctic Museum, St.Petersburg Solo
2000New Government one-man exhibition Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow. Solo
2000Visitor one-man exhibition Marble Palace (Branch of the State Russian Museum), St. Petersburg. Solo
1993Contemporary Art Biennial Istanbul, Turkey Group