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VALERY KONEVIN

Valery KONEVIN was born 16 July 1952 into an upper middle-class family in Leningrad.

His grand grandfather Dimitry Kosorotov was the Chief Pathologist of Russia in St. Petersburg and performed most historical autopsies including of Gregory Rasputin. Grandfather Michael Tuberovsky was famous playwrighter of fairy tales in Leningrad who encouraged Valery’s early art career.

By his own choice Valery started a science career after graduation the Aircraft Design and Production faculty at the Kazan State Technical University, at 1975 and took part in designing of the first soviet flying rocket in 1978. He was involved in designing helicopters and super sonic aircrafts too.

After serving two years in the Soviet Army as an officer of an Strategical Rocket Division he studied philosophy, biology, mathematics in his free time and unexpectedly dropped his science career in 1980, entered Art Academy in Leningrad, took part in Underground art activity and forced to leave USSR in 1990, thanks to Perestroika and expiring 10 years of his Top Secret conspiracy agreement.

He immigrated to Israel where he attracted attention of art critics and become internationally recognised artist, travelling to USA, UK, France, Germany and participating in numerous expositions as a visual artist and a photographer.

He lives and works in Belgium, Oostende since 1994. He won the Nikon Photography Contest International’s award in 1998 in Japan and his paintings and photos are in international museums including many private collections around the world. His artistic language is unmistakable, unique, bearing traces of his early theatrical childhood memories. His abstract paintings are result of the mathematical “primary (base) art”, the approach based on fusion of topology and biology as archetypes and transcendental objects of the mind.

Children:

 
Daughters: Alisa (1984-USSR)
  Elizabeth (1991-Israel)
Son: Valery (1997-Belgium)
Education:
1969-1975

MSc in Aircraft Engineering, Tupolev State University, Kazan, Russia
1985-88 "Muchin" Art Academy of StPetersburg (monumental sculpture faculty)
(Non-official education by political reasons)
Professional experience:
1975-78

Engineer Designer of rockets & aircrafts
1978-80 Military Service as an officer of a strategical rocket division
1980-83 Scene Designer of Yekaterinburg Academical Theatre
1983-85 Designer of Recreation Areas in Forestry of Yekaterinburg
1985-90 Municipality Carpenter in St. Petersburg (in order to have an independent art studio). Takes part in Underground movement of the city. Works at Pushkinskaia 10, famous first independent art community in Leningrad, later "The Museum of Nonconformist Art", StPetersburg
1990 Immigrated with the family to Tel-Aviv, Israel and became a professional artist
Artistic Residencies:  
1952-90 StPetersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk. Russia
1990-91 Tel-Aviv. Israel
1991-92 NY. USA
1992 Paris. France
1993 London. UK
1994-present time Lives & works in Oostende. Belgium
   


Artist at one of his unofficial studios. Leningrad. 1988. Photo by Rez


Artist used his drawings as wallpaper becouse the lack of money. Leningrad. 1987. Photo by Rez


Artist(left) with Yuri Gurov. 1989. Photo by Rez


Artist in one of his unofficial studios before immigration. Leningrad. 1990. Photo by Rez


Sculptures of the artist rejected by the commitee of Unofficial Artists
in the Central Exposition Hall. Leningrad. 1989. Photo by Rez

From 1994 artist lives and works in Oostende developing mostly his abstract paintings which he calls Primary Art. The original idea came first during his aerodinamical studies in the University when he was fascinated by the idea that two different mathematical fields could be transformed from very simple abstract form as flow of air around a circle to a very complex "real aerodinamical flow" around very complicated profile of a wing of an aeroplane by a math. equation but not opposite.

Physiologically our senses form a model of outside world as a kind of map or set of patterns which is transmitted to a brain forming different brain’s map based on evolutionary developed primary patterns. The patterns should reflect some "universal language" like Kantians transcendental objects or "pure mind" because any brain is a part of the Universe itself.

Understanding this primary objects and their interaction is partly possible through studying evolution of life especially chemical end molecular evolution together with psychological development of a child.
Figurative art of the artist is 2 dimensional and simple inspired by children’s drawings and primitive art with the same primary principles of objects with boundaries colored differently inside and outside where the line is mostly important.

Artist takes only BW photos. Special "theatrical or surrealistic" style was inspired by his children’s plays first to use the compositions for his figurative paintings but developed later to more "photographic" based on shadows, light and movements of the camera.

Some works are presented at www.kunzt.be and at www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk under name Konevin Valery for paintings and at Conevin Valery for photos.


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