Dmitry Shabalin graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Institute of Contemporary Art Problems (ICA Moscow). In 2013, the artist referred to the phenomenon of masks in world culture, which he began to develop consistently in his art.
If in ancient times masks were used as an object of intimidation or an opportunity to hide or change one's appearance, in Dmitry Shabalin's works they turn into self-portraits of the present, which are not frightening, but rather hypnotising by their brightness. The artist creates object-masks from found objects, turning them into neo-artefacts of modernity. Shabalin describes his style as "cosmic kitsch baroque" and his method as "irrational recycling": his works combine old carnival aesthetics with pop-cultural images, causing the viewer to recall something familiar that has already entered the subconscious. The artist bases his practice on childhood memories and dreams, and his works are elegant meditations on the intersection of the real and the imaginary, the archaic and the new.
Dmitry Shabalin is inspired by the cosmos, natural harmony and symmetry. He makes kaleidoscopic structural compositions from random objects. Masks become composite images of contemporary mass culture. The artist creates a multilayered narrative from a mass of symbols, models the author's universe of characters and archetypes.
Dmitry Shabalin actively cooperates with the fashion world as another essential part of contemporary culture - his artwork can be seen in many fashion shoots. In 2021 Shabalin became one of the heroes of VOGUE Italia's material about artists creating masks. In 2021, he designed the front cover of an edition of the DIALOG OF ART magazine. And in 2020, Dmitry Shabalin's work was featured on the front cover of the “Luxury” supplement to The Art Newspaper Russia. In 2019, the artist created a mask for the SWAROVSKI Book of Dreams Volume III project.
ZDRAVSTVUYTE!Group exhibition 26 Jul - 7 Sep 2023OVCHARENKO presents a new collective project in the framework of co-operation with the auction house VLADEY. The name of the exhibition of OVCHARENKO artists "HELLO!" (ZDRAVSTVUYTE!) has a double meaning. The complexity and at the same time the beauty of the Russian language allows you to find in the simple word "Hello!" both a wish of good health and a greeting at a meeting. And the meeting at the exhibition will be held with marvelous artists and their works of art.
For 33 years of his work OVCHARENKO, while the first exhibition of the gallery (then called "Regina") was held in September 1990, 278 group and solo exhibitions were held. In religion "33 years" are the age of Jesus Christ — the time of perfection, the period of life when the peak has been reached. Christ's rebirth occurred at the same time when he was 33, so " HELLO!" (ZDRAVSTVUYTE!).
Vladimir Ovcharenko, founder of VLADEY and OVCHARENKO: "The time in our country and in the world is not easy. And when was it easy? It is very complicated for artists now. Their world has completely changed. For many of them it has turned out to be tragic, while others continue to create magnificent works of art. We are happy to represent the best of the best, it is a great honour and responsibility. Moscow is a world-class cultural centre. And it always will be. It deserves new great art exhibitions. And they are coming!".
Over the last year and half OVCHARENKO in co-operation with VLADEY has frequently presented personal exhibitions of its artists, among them projects made by Alisa Gorshenina, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Pavel Pepperstein and the PPSS art group, Ivan Razumov, Inal Savchenkov, Leonid Tshe and Nestor Engelke.
Artists: Victor Alimpiev, Sergey Bratkov, Oleg Golosiy, Stas Volyazlovsky, Erwin Wurm, Alisa Gorshenina, Mikhail Dolyanovsky, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Egor Koshelev, Vlad Kulkov, Vladimir Logutov, Jonathan Meza, Ryan Mosley, Pavel Pepperstein, Jack Pearson, PPSS art Group, Daniel Richter, Inal Savchenkov, Maria Serebryakova, Semyon Faibisovich, Claire Fontaine, Leonid Tshe, Ivan Chuikov, Dmitry Shabalin, Nestor Engelke.
PARTICLES. Botanical Garden of Moscow State University "Aptekarsky Ogorod". Moscow, Russia.
Masterpieces of the Temple, or With Easy Steam! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
Homo Faber. Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Venice, Italy.
Dreams of Milk. Voznesensky Centre. Moscow, Russia.
SOVRISK. Underground Museum at Zaryadye park. Moscow, Russia.
15 Minute Break. Part 2. All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
NEO: SUSTAINABLE FASHION. All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
REVELATIONS. International Fine Craft Biennial, Grand Palais. Paris, France.
WOW: Architecture of Fantasy. Shchusev Museum of Architecture. Moscow, Russia.
SAY I LOVE YOU. MMOMA. Moscow, Russia.