Inal Savchenkov


Inal Savchenkov was born in Novorossiysk in 1966 and moved to St Petersburg in 1982. His formation happened during the Perestroika period, when the USSR was gradually loosening its hold and "underground" culture was on the rise. Savchenkov became friends with the legendary Leningrad "New Artists" led by Timur Novikov, starred in Yevgeny Yufit's necro-realist cinema, and participated in musical performances of Sergei Kuryokhin's "Pop Mechanics".

Inal Savchenkov's painting absorbed the current trends of the 1980s: neo-expressionism, comics, graffiti. In those years there was a whole wave of such "new" painting - bright in colour, brave in the interpretation of forms and choice of subjects, protesting against the surrounding greyness and excessive seriousness in art. In the 1990s, when quite different trends were emerging in Russian contemporary art, Savchenkov often travelled to Berlin and worked in studios with German neo-expressionist artists.


Among like-minded artists, his paintings have always been characterised by a kind of cartoonishness and kind-hearted humour. Savchenkov's plots can be read simply and at the same time complicated, they are always "very personal" and emphatically absurd. He has a number of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic characters created in his own way, some of which are permanent participants in his paintings, such as the fox. The artist creates his works as if "without thinking", captured by some memory, news, dream, fictional proverb, joke or even a religious and philosophical idea. Savchenkov sometimes takes years to complete his paintings, developing the plot, although they still look " momentary" in the end. Meanwhile, the balance of colours and an intuitive sense of form reveal a great artist.


All of Inal Savchenkov's artworks can conventionally be called cartoon shots, not only because of the specific manner of painting and fantastic characters, but also because of the potential for dynamics contained in their composition. How this works can be seen in Savchenkov's collage cartoons, which he made in the 1980s and 1990s together with the group "Engineers of Art", which he founded in the same period. In his works, as the artist says, he depicts a "perfect" moment from the "film" in his head, balanced compositionally and saturated emotionally. Savchenkov's works are in the collections of the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery.


Personal exhibitions:


Inal. Lumen Invisible. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia.



Semi Realism. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia. 



Inal Savchenkov. New Moon. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia. 



Inal Savchenkov's Neo-Expressionism. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia. 



Inal Savchenkov. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.


Group exhibitions:


Masterpieces of the Temple, or With Easy Steam! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.

ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.



MONUMENTAL. The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation together with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.

Timur Novikov and the "New Artists". CCA Zarya. Vladivostok, Russia.



LOVE. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia.

Libres Figurations - Années 80. Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc. Landerno, France.



Nonconformism as a starting point works of 1960s-2000s from collection of Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Yeltsin Centre. Yekaterinburg, Russia.



The Other Capital. Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg Today. Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia.



Without Barriers. Russian Art 1985-2000. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



The New Are here! MMOMA. Moscow, Russia.



Passion Bild. Russische Kunst seit 1970. Kunstmuseum Bern. Bern, Germany.



Classics and Modernity. Small hall of the Central exhibition hall Manege. St. Petersburg, Russia.

Artist and Cinema. Small hall of the Central exhibition hall Manege. St. Petersburg, Russia.

Gates and Doors. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



Brushstroke. The New Artists and Necrorealists: 1982-1991. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



The Russian Schizorevolution: an exhibition that might have been. Marres. Maastricht, Netherlands.



The Last Romantics of the Soviet Union. Zverev Centre for Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.



Domestic and Wild. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia. 



In the Footsteps of “Popular Mechanics”. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival SKIF-6. Leningrad's Palace of Youth. St. Petersburg, Russia.



Kabinet. Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Red Colour in Art. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



From Gulag to Glasnost: Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. New Jersey, USA. 



The Other St. Petersburg. The Museum of Modern Art. Martigny, Switzerland. 



Jóvenes Artistas de Leningrado: el problema del cuerpo individual al fin de la era del totalitarismo tardío. Museo de Arte Moderno. Mexico City, Mexico.



2x3m. Palace Bridge. Leningrad, USSR.

Strange Games of the Petersburg Avant-Garde.The Tomsk Regional Art Museum. Tomsk, USSR.



The New Artists. The House of Culture named after Sverdlov. Leningrad, USSR.

DE NYA från Leningrad. Kulturhuset. Stockholm, Sweden.



Without a Halo. Gdański Kantor Sztuki. Gdańsk, Poland.

Forum of Creative Youth. Leningrad Youth Palace. Leningrad, USSR.