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Zahar Kudin

  • artist
1986 – 2019

Painter. He was engaged in painting, sculpture, digital art. He defined his direction as "neuro-art".

Lived and worked in Minsk.

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March 27, 1986

Born in Minsk (BSSR, today the Republic of Belarus).

From 2003 to 2007 he studied at the Glebov College of Arts. At the beginning of his career, he was greatly influenced by the American artist Willem de Kooning.

In 2011, Zakhar Kudin arrives in New York, where at that time a Willem de Kooning retrospective was taking place at the MoMA. The artist lived in the US for two years as an illegal immigrant, working in a studio and hitchhiking across Central America. The artist talks about this American period in detail in an interview with kyky.org.

Since 2005, he has been one of the active representatives of the young generation of contemporary Belarusian art.

Zakhar had a visual defect, for the preservation of which he paid for a surgical operation in the USA with his works. He said the following about the disease: “I lost sight in one eye, and when I look with my left eye at an object that I have not seen before, and it is not fixed in my brain, I look at a total abstraction. I don't even know what I'm looking at. It is this delay, the resulting pause, that gives an idea of some almost parallel dimension in which I am. Although it is still the same existing reality. Based on this, I formed an art: when you look at my objects, at first you don’t understand what you are looking at and how to perceive it” [1].

About “neuro-art”, the artist said: “Neuro-art is objective realism or impact painting. Impact art. When we look at my work, it is brand new, meaning the form is designed in such a way that it has not been recreated by anyone. I build forms based on space, see how they interact with it, really change it. The form itself turns out to be a new window” [2].

In 2019, the artist played a major role in Maksim Shved's film "Pure Art", a film about how he creates a series of paintings based on the practices of Minsk ZhES workers who paint graffiti, drawings and graffiti on the walls of buildings with geometric spots (an ironic term for this phenomenon was given art critic Olga Arkhipova as 'Fuprematism'). The film participated in the Falling Leaves Film Festival and received the Best Director award at the Artdocfest International Film Festival in Riga. One of the works of the series was included in the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

December 29, 2019

It became known about the suicide of Zakhar Kudin, who passed away at the age of 33. Zakhar Kudin left on the rise of his career: in the last year of his life, the artist starred in a film, donated the work to the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, gave many interviews, represented Belarus at the Beijing International Biennale, participated in the Minsk festival Vulica Brasil and in the art fair Art Vilnus.

Personal exhibitions:

2017, Open Canvas, OK16, Minsk, Belarus

2017, “Neurostructures”, Zair Azgur Memorial Museum-Workshop, Minsk, Belarus (curator: Ilona Dergach)

2016, "Painting with the Left Eye" (Left Eye Painting), Gallery of Contemporary Art "Ў", Minsk, Belarus

2016, "Life Around", Gallery of Contemporary Art "Ў", Minsk, Belarus

2012, Smells like American Spirit, Pianoland Gallery Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

2009, "Internal Movement", Embassy of the Czech Republic, Minsk, Belarus

2009, "Internal Movement", Bogdanovich Literary Museum, Minsk, Belarus

Group exhibitions:

2019, 8th Beijing International Art Biennale A Colorful World and a Shared Future, Beijing, China

2019, “Please accept as a gift…”, gifts and donations to the museum 1999 – 2019, National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

2019, Neuro Art project, Art Vilnus art fair, XO Gallery pavilion, Vilnius, Lithuania (curator: Anna Karpenko)

2019, Autumn Salon, XO-gallery pavilion, Republican Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus

2019, Vulica Brasil Public Art Festival, Minsk, Belarus

2015, "Autumn Salon", Republican Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus

2013, Private Collection, Fernando Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut, USA

2012, solo exhibition Smells like American Spirit, Pianoland Gallery Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

2012, Become a Collector, Fernando Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut, USA

2010, Republican exhibition of contemporary art Art & touch, Museum of Modern Art, Minsk

2010, "Soul + Color", Republican Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus

2009, personal exhibition "Internal Movement" at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Minsk, Belarus

2009, personal exhibition "Internal movement" in the Literary Museum named after Bogdanovich, Minsk, Belarus

2009, "Dakh - 9", Republican Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus

2008, "Drawing and Sculpture", Republican Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus

2008, "Portrait in drawing, painting and sculpture", Republican Art Gallery of the Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus

2007, International plein air at the invitation of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland

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  • abstractionism
  • canvas
  • dead
  • digital media
  • expressionism
  • graphic techniques / drawing
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  • oil
  • scenic practices & techniques
  • sculptural practices