SASHA KURMAZ

Sasha Kurmaz, born in 1986, is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine.

"Sasha Kurmaz is a juggler, he plays with an art halfway between ironic and poetic that always distances itself from a purely visual reading. In the pictures of this young photographer – born in 1986 in Kiev, just after the Chernobyl disaster – you will never find fiction translated in metaphor, the weak link of many mediocre artists now around. In them you will find heart and brains, that energy we ask from a work of art in order not to feel cheated." - Maurizio Di Lorio for DISTURBER Magazine

Education

2008 Design Department in Ukrainian State Academy of Art, (DAKKiM) Kiev, Ukaine.

Solo exhibitions
2015 Triangle gallery. Project: «Напрасная молодость», Moscow, Russia.
2014 Nova gallery. Project: “Zaraz Wracam”, Krakow, Poland
2010 Viuro gallery. Project: “Talking Walls”, Warsaw, Poland.

Group Exhibitions
2014 Architekturzentrum. Project: "Through Maidan and Beyond", Vienna, Austria.
2014 l'Atelier Néerlandais. Project: "Foam Talent", Paris, France.
2014 IZOLYATSIA foundation. Project: “Zahoplennya”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2014 Yermilov center. Project: “After the Victory”, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
2014 Künstlerhaus. Project: “I am drop in the ocean”, Vienna, Austria.
2014 Periscope project space. Project: “Protest!”, Salzburg, Austria.
2013 ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art. Project: “Global Activism”, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2013 Grinberg Gallery. Project: “Ukraine: Expropriation”, Moscow, Russia.
2013 16th LINE Gallery. Project: “Cooperation Territory”, Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
2013 Signal Gallery. Project: “BLOG RE-BLOG“, NY, USA.
2013 CCA Ujazdowski Castle. Project: “Ukrainian News”, Warsaw, Poland. 
2013 Bottega gallery. Project: “Environment for living”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2013 Yermilov center. Project: “The system of coordinates”, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
2013 Design Cloud, LLC. Project: “Peculiar Poetics”, Chicago, USA. 
2012 Gallery “RA”. Project: “Eternity 2”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2012 Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini, Greece.
2012 IZOLYATSIA foundation. Project: “Partly Cloudy”, Donetsk, Ukraine.
2012 GOOD PRESS Gallery. Project: “FRUIT SALAD”, Glasgow, Scotland.
2012 Lavra gallery. Project: “Love Ukraine”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2012 MOPLA. Project: “NEW RESEARCH”, Los Angeles, USA
2012 W139. Project: “Catch a glimpse of me”, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2012 Gallery Steinsland Berliner. Project: “Batholomew”, Stockholm, Sweden.
2012 VCRC as NaUKMA, Project: “Ukrainian Body”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2011 Artitude Kunstverein. Project: “Bits + Pieces”, Berlin, Germany.
2011 Paperworks gallery. Project: “The frenzied urge to struggle”, Moscow, Russia.
2011 Arsenal gallery. Project: “Newspeak”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2011 Gallery 12 Mail. Project: “BARTHOLOMEW”, Paris, France.
2011 Bottega gallery. Project: “Environment for living”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2011 Fluxx Gallery. Project: “Indian Summer”, Des Moines, USA.
2011 Bruciecollections gallery. Project: “EXPLORATION OF THE SETTING”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2011 Bottega gallery. Project: “Muhi 2011”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2010 Radio gallery. Project: “GERM FREE ADOLESCENTS”, Milan, Italy.
2010 Bottega gallery. Project: “RECUSANSY”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2010 Art centr Arsenal. Project: “Conection”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2010 M17 Art Centr. Project: “THOSE WHO CAME IN 2000’S”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2010 Eglise Saint-André. Project: “Graffiti Paradise”, Liege, Belgium.
2009 Bereznitska & Partner Gallery. Project: “Should The World Break In”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2008 Globus gallery.Project: KIEV DANDYS «С корабля на бал», Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2008 KyivFineArt gallery. Project: “Strange but cool”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2008 Karas gallery. Project: “New Ukrainian Language”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2006 CCCK. Project: “Graffiti in Focus”, Kiev, Ukraine.

Festivals
2015 19th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography. Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.
2015 Volkstheater: "Die Besten aus dem Osten". Vienna, Austria.
2014 International Public Art Festival: “Art Boom”. Krakow, Poland.
2014 International Public Art Festival: “Katowice Street Art Festival”. Katowice, Poland.
2013 International Contemporary Arts Festival: “Survival Kit”. Riga, Latvia.
2013 International Photo Festival: FORMAT 13. Derby, UK.
2012 International Art Festival: “MAKARONKA” . Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
2010 International Public Art Festival: “On The Ground”. Liege, Belgium.

Residence
2015 KulturKontakt, Vienna, Austria.
2014 ZARYA, Vladivostok, Russia.
2011 IZOLYATSIA foundation, Donetsk, Ukraine. 
2011 Artitude Kunstverein. Berlin, Germany.

Fellowships / Workshops
2014 Scholarship Programme “Gaude Polonia”, Krakow, Poland.
2014 4th Conference of Urban Initiatives: “Delai Sammit”, Moscow, Russia.
2013 Exchange of Artists Project: “RUTARUNA”, Ukraine – Sweden. 
2013 International Workshop Programme: “Must Act“, Minsk, Belarus.

Awards
2015 Winner of ARTE Creative Award, Dusseldorf, Germany.
2013 Finalist of Pinchuk Art Prize, Kiev, Ukraine.
2010 Finalist of Kazimir Malewitzsch Award, Kiev, Ukraine

Publications
2015 Prestel book: Desire. New Erotic Photography, München, Germany.
2014 FOAM Magazine #39 Talent, Amsterdam, NL
2014 Krytyka Polityczna #5 Kiev, Ukraine 
2013 Tissue Magazine #4, Berlin, Germany.
2013 Jpeople Magazine #17, Berlin, Germany.
2013 The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, Yale University, USA.
2013 Nudity Today, NY, USA.
2013 SEN/SEN book, Taipei, Taiwan.
2013 Vice #4, NY, USA.
2013 DE:BUG #03, Berlin, Germany.
2013 The Germans #3, Berlin, Germany.
2012 Unpublished #4, Milan, Italy.
2012 Shoppinghour magazine #9, London, UK.
2012 Bolo paper #2, Milan, Italy.
2012 ffw MAG #32, São Paulo, Brasil.
2012 Bloomberg Businessweek, Aug. – Sept., NY, USA.
2012 FRUIT SALAD, Glasgow, UK.
2012 0_100 # 9, Milan, Italy.
2012 Opak #11, Berlin, Germany.
2012 Vice #12, Paris, France.
2011 Suddeutche Zeitung Magazin #52, Munchen, Germany.
2011 BARTHOLOMEW by JSBJ, Paris, France.
2011 DISTURBER #1, Bologna, Italy.
2011 L’imparfaite magazine #3, Paris, France.
2011 Pig Mag #92, Milan, Italy.
2010 Rolling Stone #87, Milan, Italy.
2010 5,6 magazine #5, Kiev, Ukraine.
2009 Concrete and me #2, Budapest, Hungary.



Artist website

Press

Nude Sensitivity, Atem Books
Nude Sensitivity, Atem Books
Concrete & Sex
Pogo books 2013