Egor Koshelev was born in Moscow in 1980. In 2003, the artist graduated from Stroganov Academy, majoring in monumental painting. In 2006 he defended his thesis on Tintoretto and obtained a PhD in art history. After graduation from the Academy, Yegor Koshelev participated in the annual exhibitions of the ‘Workshop’ project at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, where he was noticed by the gallery owner Vladimir Ovcharenko.
In his early period (2006–2010), the artist mingles the graffiti style and the late-Soviet academic tradition (paintings ‘True Friends’, 2005; ‘Rus’, 2007; ‘Hosanna’, 2007; ‘Gestalt’, 2009, etc.). His crystallized forms are shaped with fluorescent paint; he deliberately clashes the "high" and the "low". Artworks of this period were brought together at the first solo exhibition ‘Kinky Tags’ (2008), followed by the ‘Phobia’ project (2009).
In the early 2010s, Egor Koshelev switched to using softer figures, he less often uses graffiti fonts. He continues to play with quotes from classical and contemporary art and mass culture, composing riddles and messages "on the topic of the day." Over the past decade, he has been working a lot with the problem of the artist's place in the world – both by publishing theoretical works and constructing entire residences of imaginary creators (the ‘Palazzo Koshelev’ project, 2017).
The works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), the Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg), as well as in collections in Russia and abroad.
Жертвы / Victims, 2008
В чем-то завидую вашей вере / I envy your faith in some aspects, 2009
KIZMYGODDAM RUSSIANAZZ, 2009
Право на отдых / Right to Rest, 2010
Без названия / Untitled, 2010
Некто Жиляев снова с нами / Someone called Zhilyaev joined us again , 2011
Без названия / Untitled, 2012
Без названия / Untitled, 2012
Heavy Metal, 2013
Red Apprentice / Красный подмастерье, 2013
Экспериментальное страусоводческое хозяйство имени И. Штрауса | Johann Strauss' experimental ostrich-breeding farm, 2014
Белочкин совет | Squirrel's Advise, 2014
Баррикада / Barricade, 2014
Ловкие клешни | Dexterous pincers, 2014
Красный гурман / Red Gourmet, 2014
Орёл / Eagle, 2015
Случай в музее / Case in a museum, 2016
Андрюха и Валек / Andryuha and Valoyk, 2016
Леди с планшетом / Lady with a tablet, 2016
Паровой параллакс / Steam parallax, 2017
Ездок / Scooter rider, 2017
Явление козерога / The appearance of an ibex, 2017
Пенёчек / Stump, 2017
Снежок / Snejok, 2017
Супрематическая кормушка для крупных домашних птиц | Suprematic feeder for large domestic birds, 2020
Угадайка | Guessing, 2020
Egor KoshelevGRYPHONAGE 24 Oct - 1 Dec 2023Gryphonage – an almost subconscious improvisation on paper, drawings akin to automatic writing. Since the time of Rembrandt, Italian Baroque caricaturists, and masters of French Rococo, such graphics have allowed...
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.
First-hand Art. The Collector's View: Looking back and Forward13 Nov 2020 - 27 Jan 2021This year, the OVCHARENKO Gallery celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. It is a grand and joyful celebration, not only because it, in fact, aligns with the anniversary of our new state,...
Egor KoshelevPalazzo Koshelev 14 Apr - 16 May 2017The main theme of the works presented in the Palazzo Koshelev exposition is the discussion of the artist with his alter ego – «a great master», who is trying to determine the era and to gain eternal glory. The exhibition space will be presented in the form of a palace, a treasury of art, a palazzo with golden walls, in the corridors of which the spectator can find all those stylistic paradoxes, riddles and adventures that the modern Russian painter is capable of creating.
TUTTI FRUTTI13 Sep - 27 Nov 2016Mikhail Ovcharenko is the new director of Regina. Now, it's his responsibility to take care of and grow the gallery's many fruits, as he encourages everyone to get out of...
Egor KoshelevPictures from the Underground 8 Jul - 29 Aug 2014“Fanciful - such is the situation in which the Russian artist finds himself today. Could he imagine choosing this path in life – when art seemed to be the only...
The Team I Can't Live WithoutGroup Show 8 Nov - 6 Dec 2013'The team from our youth, the team we can't live without!' Regina Gallery presents an exhibition featuring some of today's most progressive Russian artists, curated by Mikhail Ovcharenko. The show...
Egor KoshelevUNDERGROUND MONUMENTS/ASTRO-HIPSTER DOMINE 7 Sep - 6 Oct 2012Egor Koshelev originally studied in the Department of Monumental Painting at the Stroganov University of Arts and Industry in Moscow. Exposed daily to the aesthetics of the Soviet monumental style,...
NUTSGroup Show 9 Sep - 6 Oct 2011Regina Gallery is pleased to announce, Nuts , a group show of a new generation of predominantly Russian artists who will present their latest works. Whilst the participants have already...
Egor KoshelevLAST ARTIST AND EXHIBITION WHICH HAS NEVER HAPPENED 8 Apr - 14 May 2011‘How today are creative pursuits and an exhibition’s activity related? An artist works relentlessly, but the rhythm of exhibition life passes by – fatally keeping a sort of distance-lag –...
Egor KoshelevPhobia 23 Nov - 30 Dec 2009For myself this Phobia show sums up the quest I had during the last year. Unlike my previous personal display, its structure is much more complicated for, besides painting, it...
Egor KoshelevKINKY TAGS 14 Aug - 4 Sep 2008Yegor Koshelev is a 27-y.-o. artist who graduated from the Mural Painting Department of the Moscow State Art and Industry College named after S. G. Stroganov. His first solo show...
Abductor of the Future Past. The Ugly Swans Gallery. Richter. Moscow, Russia.
Palazzo Koshelev. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Barricade. Belyaevo Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Pictures from the Underground. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
The Art of Translation. Parallel program of Manifesta 10. Center for Art and Music of the Vladimir Mayakovsky Library. St. Petersburg, Russia.
Garbage. Project The Wall. Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
The Renegades Parade. Bobby Gallery. St. Petersburg, Russia.
Underground Monuments. Regina Gallery. London, UK.
Altars of Love and Rebellion. Strabag Foundation. Vienna, Austria.
The Last Artist and Exhibition Which Has Never Happened. ArtBerloga. Moscow, Russia.
Phobia. ArtBerloga. Moscow, Russia.
Kinky Tags. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
Crouch Start. Futuro Gallery. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Social Realism. Metamorphosis. Soviet Art 1927–1987. State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO. Moscow, Russia.
Spring Auction. Presale Exhibition. Vladey. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Bird Concert. Tsaritsyno Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Cosmorama XVII. Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia.
Let’s Watch the Exhibition! or Cultural Code of VDNH. Pavilion No. 67. Karelia, VDNH. Moscow, Russian.
Heroes of Our Time. Presale exhibition. Vladey. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
All for 100. Presale exhibition. Vladey. Gostiny Dvor. Moscow, Russia.
Hypnosis of the Time. Imaginary Architecture. The Way from Antiquity to Nowadays. Tsaritsyno Museum. Moscow, Russia.
The Perfect Age. Zverev Museum. Moscow, Russia.
New Young. Donation of the Winzavod. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Monumental. Presale exhibition. Vladey. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
Love. Presale Exhibition. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.
Ghost Knight. Tsaritsyno Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Borsh and Champagne. Selected works from the collection of Vladimir Ovcharenko. MMOMA. Moscow, Russia.
Football — Hockey. Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Laugh in the Hall. Na Shabolovke Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Wings of Eurasia. Final program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. All-Russian Decorative Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from The Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places. MOMENTUM. Berlin, Germany.
Notation. Center for Creative Industries Fabrika. Moscow, Russia.
Fortune Museum. MOMMA. Moscow, Russia.
Cats at Manege. Curatorial project. Moscow State Exhibition Hall New Manege. Moscow, Russia.
Art of Translation. Parallel program of Manifesta 10. Center for Art and Music Library of V. Mayakovsky. St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Team I Can't Live Without. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Heavy Metal. Curatorial project. Collateral event of the V Moscow Biennale of Contemporary art. Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Nuts. Regina Gallery. London, UK.
Employment History. Center for Creative Industries Fabrika. Moscow, Russia
Reactualisation of the Sign. Na Vspolnom Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
NEFORMAT. «Na Vspolnom» gallery. Moscow, Russia.
CONTRA MATER. Curatorial project. Special project of the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry. Moscow, Russia.
On the Contrary. Winzavod. Moscow, Russia
PROTO. Moscow State art-center Na Povarskoi. Moscow, Russia
Rare Species. Special project of the II Moscow Biennale of Young Art. Factory. Moscow, Russia
Stroganovka, Expanding the Boundaries. Special project of the II Moscow Biennale of Young Art. Moscow State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. Moscow, Russia.
Nordart 2010. Büdelsdorf, Carlshütte.
Art-Sanatorium. Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
No Translations. Moscow State Art Center Na Povarskoi. Moscow, Russia.
Can't Take It Anymore. Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art. Voronezh, Russia
Save as. Exhibition Hall Armenian, 13. Moscow, Russia.
Labor Movement. Special project within the III Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Factory. Moscow, Russia.
Care. Exhibition Hall Armenian, 13. Moscow, Russia.
Care. Divnogorie State natural park. Voronezh Region, Russia
MoskvApolis. Perm Museum of Contemporary Art. Perm, Russia
Dialogues. VII Biennale of Contemporary art. St. Petersburg, Russia
Space. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
Power. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
- MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
- Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin Foundation, Moscow, Russia
- STRABAG, Vienna, Austria
- Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt-on-the-Main, Germany