Oleksiy Say is one of the most famous Ukrainian contemporary artists today. He is renowned for his Microsoft Excel works of art as he uses this spreadsheet programme to create a truly modern imagery. Beside Excel Oleksiy includes other segments of the corporate world designed to be means of communication, but not as artistic language.
Oleksiy was born in 1975 in Kiev. In 1993 he graduated from Kiev Art – Industrial Technical School, Department of Graphic Design. Nearly ten years after, he graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Architecture, Department of Easel Graphic.
Say says that the idea of looking at work is moment when viewer goes the way from seeing whole picture to understanding that he sees the informational garbage, smallest components of corporate and media world. Then he goes back to the whole picture but with understanding that senseless bits of information are strokes of modern visual language, understandable for people of corporate culture, probably the youngest of human cultures for this moment. Nevertheless, the approach may seem to criticize the corporate world, but the Say remains neutral with the idea to simply reflect the reality. When asked about how does he process looks like Oleksiy states: ““Well, I simply take the elementary accounting program, which you would think is the most unsuitable tool for painting. I fill in the cells, then enter some numbers, then I make the program show percentages in a colorful diagram and voila, it turns out that you have a flower…”
Beside Ukraine his work has drawn attention of the various international figures from the art world from collectors to museums and art fairs.
Oleksiy currently lives and works in Kiev.