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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.
MSc in Aircraft Engineering, Tupolev State University,
|| "Muchin" Art Academy of StPetersburg (monumental
(Non-official education by political reasons)
Engineer Designer of rockets & aircrafts
||Military Service as an officer of a strategical
||Scene Designer of Yekaterinburg Academical
||Designer of Recreation Areas in Forestry of Yekaterinburg
||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
|| Immigrated with the family to Tel-Aviv,
Israel and became a professional artist
||StPetersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk. Russia
||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
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
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
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
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.