Pavel Pepperstein is a Russian artist, writer, art critic, theoretician, designer, and rapper. He was born in 1966 in the family of nonconformist artist Victor Pivovarov and writer Irina Pivovarov. In 1985­-1987 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. In 1987, together with Sergey Anufriev and Yuri Leiderman, he founded the Inspection Medical Hermeneutics art group (Leiderman was replaced by Vladimir Fedorov four years later). The group was active till 2001.

Pepperstein’s practice serves as a point of contact between the older generation of Moscow conceptualists and the younger emerging artists. In Pepperstein's works, one sees mysterious hybrid worlds that combine motifs of Russian and classic mythology, avant-garde forms of El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, and the entourage of Hollywood fiction. The author often accompanies this collage of cultures with his own handwritten commentary, adding a playful element to his work.

Pavel Pepperstein is the creator and ideologist of the "psychedelic realism" movement. His works mix recognizable cultural images and witty comments; the works are saturated with references to surrealism, Malevich's suprematism, oriental watercolours, pop art, book illustrations, and political caricature. Throughout his artistic career, Pepperstein has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad. He participated in the largest international biennials of contemporary art: Biennale in Sao Paulo (2004), Venice Biennale (2009), Manifesta (2014). In 2014, he won the Kandinsky Prize in the main category "Project of the Year" for the exhibition ‘Holy Politics’ (OVCHARENKO). The works by the artist are in the collections of the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), Louvre (Paris), Pompidou Center (Paris), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Dusseldorf), as well as in numerous private collections around the world.




Dreams of Milk. Semiotic Studies for the screen adaptation of the novel Mythogenic Love of Caste. Voznesensky Centre, Moscow, Russia.



Commercial Forest Poetry. Iragui Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Visions of the Stars. OVCHARENKO. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.



The Human as a Frame for the Landscape. Garage Museum. Moscow, Russia.



Tales of Prague. Louis Vuitton Travel Book. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.



The Resurrection of Pablo Picasso in the Year 3111. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.

The Resurrection of Pablo Picasso in the Year 3111. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.

The Secret Drawings of Jacqueline Kenned. The Art Show: ADAA., Julie Saul Gallery booth. New York, USA.



Artist of the Week – Pavel Pepperstein. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia

Memory is over. PLATO Ostrava.  Ostrava, Czech Republic

Miracles in Swamp. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Attack on the swamp. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia



Wandering over camps and monasteries. Iragui Gallery. Moscow, Russia

The cold center of the sun. Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain. Saint-Étienne , France

The future enamored with the past. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia  



Holy Politics. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.



Studies of American Suprematism. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany



Pavel Pepperstein. Monica De Cardenas. Milan, Italy.

Text – Bild ­– Konzepte (with Victor Pivovarov). Kunstverein Rosenheim. Rosenheim, Germany.

Ophelia (with Victor Pivovarov). Regina Gallery. London, UK.



Landscapes of the Future. Kewenig Galerie. Cologne, Germany.



From Mordor with Love. Regina Gallery. London, United Kingdom.

Spring. Regina Berloga. Moscow, Russia..



Either/Or: National Suprematism as a Project for the New Representative Style for Russia. Kewenig Gallery. Cologne, Germany



Either/Or: National Suprematism as a Project for a New Representative Style for Russia. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia



City of Russia. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Albums. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Rembrandt. Dmitry Semenov Gallery. St. Petersburg, Russia

Landscapes of the Future. Contemporary Art Gallery. Vancouver, Canada

Talking Animals. Kaufmann Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland



Landscapes of the Future. Kamm Gallery. Berlin, Germany

Drawings. Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, Swiss

Pentagon. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Drawings. Artplay Gallery. Moscow, Russia



Europa. Galerie Ursula Walbrol. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Riders. Ministry of Culture. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Riders. Sutton Lane. London, UK.



Hypnosis. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Flags and Flowers. Sutton Lane Gallery. London, UK.

Hypnosis. Sprovieri Gallery. London, UK.

Hypnosis. Kaufmann Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland.

Eyes. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany.



Battles. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Political Hallucinations. Galerie Kamm. Berlin, Germany.



Gods and Monsters. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. Aachen, Germany.

America. Galerie Ursula Walbrol. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Drawings. Larivier. Paris, France.

Dreams and Museum. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.



Girl and the Tunnel. Kaufman Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland.

Exhibition of One Talk (with Ilya Kabakov and Boris Groys). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.



Away from the Labyrinth (with Greenman). Museum of Israel. Jerusalem, Israel.

Russian Novel 2000. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Moses (with the group 'Russia'). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.

Things are in a Landscape (with Victor Pivovarov). Obscuri Viri. Moscow, Russia.

How to meet an Angel (with Ilya Kabakov). Sprovieri Gallery. London, UK.

Two Angels (with Victor Pivovarov). Karmelienkloster. Graz, Austria.

Two Agents (with Victor Pivovarov). Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten. Graz, Austria.



The Father and the Son (with Victor Pivovarov). Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Swithzerland.



Binoculars and Monoculars — Life and work. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.

The Sweet Dark. Obscuri Viri Gallery. Moscow, Russia.



Portrait of an Old man. State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



Play Tennis (with Ilya Kabakov). Pori Art Museum. Pori, Finland.



Project No.3 and Freudian Dreams (with Andrei Monastyrski). Galerie Pastzi-Bott. Cologne, Germany.

Play Tennis (with Ilya Kabakov). Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Canada.




Temple Masterpieces, or Enjoy Your Bath! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.

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



Unnamable. Selected works from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Arsenal Center of Contemporary Art. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Coziness and Intelligence. Fragments of the Artistic Life of Moscow in the 90s. Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia.

And I Felt Such a Pity That I Don’t Have or I Won’t Have Any Time to Pursue Art. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.

A Shadow of the Soul but Slightly Sharper. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.



CHA SCHA. Jart Gallery. Pirogovo. Moscow Oblast, Russia.



Mad House. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.



1-st Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

Vladey pre-auction exhibition See Paris. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.

Love. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.



Kollektsia ! Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia. 1950-2000. Centre Georges Pompidou. Paris, France.  

Monstration. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.

Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Contemporary Russian Artists ­– participants of Venice Biennale. Selected Works. The Manege Central Exhibition Hall. Saint Petersburg, Russia.



Contemporaries of the Future. Jewish Artists in The Russian Avant-Garde, 1910s-1980s. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Moscow, Russia.



The European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 10. The State Hermitage Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.



Bergen Triennale. Bergen, Norway.

Göteborg Biennale. Goteborg, Sweden.



The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989. ZKM (Museum of Contemporary Art). Karlsruhe, Germany.

Ostalgia. New Museum. New York, USA.

Modernikon. Contemporary Art from Russia. 54th Venice Biennale. Parallel Program. Casa dei Tre Oci. Venice, Italy.



Les Utopies Mutantes. Passage de Retz. Paris, France.

Contrepoint: Russian Contemporary Art, From the Icon to the Avant-garde. Musée du Louvre. Paris, France.

The Beijing International Art Biennale. Beijing, China.

Diary of a Madman. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.



European Drawings. Oredaria Arti Contemporanee Gallery. Rome, Italy.

Political Comics. Kunstverein Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.

3rd Moscow Biennale. Moscow, Russia.

Landscapes of the Future. Russian Pavilion at the 53 Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.

Making Worlds. La Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy.



Moscopolis. Espace Louis Vuitton. Paris, France.

Cultural Confusion. Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann. Zurich, Switzerland.

Woe of Wit. Special project of the 2nd Moscow Biennale. Museum of Literature. Moscow, Russia.

Woe of Wit. VP Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Thinking Realism. Special project of the 2nd Moscow Biennale.The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.



Essence of Life – Essence of Art. State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



Angels of History. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Anterpen. Antwerpen, Belgium.

Essence of Life — Essence of Art. Ludwig Museum. Budapest, Hungary.



26th Sao-Paulo Biennale. Ciccillio Matarazzo Pavilion. Sao-Paulo, Brazil.

Moscow-Berlin. 1950–2000. Central Historical Museum. Moscow, Russia.

Go, Russia, Go! Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.



Berlin-Moscow 1950−2000. Martin Gropius Bau. Berlin, Germany.



Contemporary Russian Painting 1992–2002. New Manezh. Moscow, Russia.



The Body Art. Biennale de Valencia. Valencia, Spain.



Neues Moskau. Ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany.



Crazy Twin. Touring exhibition organized by the Society of Collectors of Contemporary art, Moscow with Appolonia-European Artistic Interchanges (Strasburg). Various locations. Moscow; Nizhny Novgorod; Samara; Ekaterinburg; Uaron Castle (France).



Eurorepair. Slavianskij Cultural and Historical Centre. Moscow, Russia.



Mystical Correct. Galerie Hohenthal and Bergen. Berlin, Germany.

Ecology of Emptiness. Institute of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.



How to Draw a Horse (Part 2). Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.

Scopes of Interpretations. Russian State University for the Humanities. Moscow, Russia.



History Personalized. Contemporary Russian Art, 1956-1996. A touring exhibition of the Russian provinces organized by the Open society Institute with the Tsaritsino State Museum-Reserve. Nizhny Novgorod; Samara; Novosibirsk; Perm; Ekaterinburg.

Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Collection of Tsaritsino State Museum. Mucharnok Museum of Fine Arts. Budapest, Hungary.

In Moskau… In Moscau. Badischer Kunsverein. Karlsruhe, Germany.

About Beauty. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Dry Water. Bakhchisarai museum. Bakhchisara, Crimea.

How to Draw a Horse (Part 1). Ipodrom. Moscow, Russia.

View on Paris from the new building window. Obscuri Viri.Moscow, Russia.

Kunst im verborgenen. Nonkomformisten Russland 1957-1995. Wilchelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany; Documenta-Halle. Kassel, Germany; Staatliches Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany.



Victory and Defeat. Obscuri Viri. Moscow, Russia.

2nd Cetin Biennale of Modern Art. Cetin, Montenegro.

Architecture of Ideas. Kunsthaus Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.



Temporal Address of the Russian Art. Museedelapost. Paris, France.

Monuments: Transformation for the Future. ICA. New York, USA.

Step East. 45th Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.

Context Kunst 90. Kunstlerhaus Graz. Graz, Austria.

Exchange. Shedhalle. Zurich, Austria.



A Mosca… A Mosca. Galleria d'Arte Moderna. Bologna, Italy.

Perspective of Conceptualism. North North Carolina Museum of Art. Reley, USA.

Monuments: Transformation for the Future. ISI. Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.



MANI Museum — 40 Moscow artists. Karmelitenkloster. Frankfurt, Germany.

Private employments. 1.0 Gallery (Show-room on Solijanka). Moscow, Russia.

Mamka-space. Propeller Gallery. Sadovniki Gallery. Moscow, Russia.



Binoculars and Monocle / Life and work. Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Swithzerland.



Portrait of an Old Man (with Igor Dmitriev). State Russian Museum.St. Petersburg, Russia



White Window. Villa Waldberta. Munich, Germany.



We are your Grandad! Festival Europe 94. Munich, Germany.

Illumination in the Tower. Galerie Inge Baecker. Cologne, Germany.

Processions. Human Space Art Center. Milan, Italy.

Paramen. Galerie Grita Insam. Vienna, Austria.



Switzerland + Medicine. Swiss Institute. New York, USA.

Drawings on Margins. MANI Museum. Moscow, Russia.

Empty Icons. L Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

Golden Icons and Black Line. Kunstverein Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany.



Blickwingel — Das Sakrale in der USSR. Galerie Insam. Vienna, Austria.

Sweiz + Medicine. Shedhalle Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland.

19-91. Galerie Walcheturm. Zurich, Switzerland.



Militaerlieben von kleinen Bildern. Galerie Krings-Ernst. Cologne, Germany.



Orthodoxe Ablutschungen – Umschlage und Abschlusse. Kunsthalle. Dusseldorf, Germany.

Three Inspectors. Galeria Mladych. Prague, Czech Republic.



Three Children. Galeria Mladych. Prague, Czech Republic.



2014 – Innovation Award

  • Russian Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
  • Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
  • Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany.