Overview

Semyon Faibisovich was born on February 10, 1949, in Moscow. In 1959–1964 he studied at the Krasnopresnenskaya Art School, in 1966–1972 — at the Moscow Architectural Institute. From 1972 to 1988, he worked as an architect. From 1976 he participated in exhibitions at Malaya Gruzinskaya, presenting his works on paper and then painting. There, in the fall of 1985, he was noticed by New York dealers; among them was Phyllis Kind. Thanks to her, since 1987, Faibisovich has been participating in international exhibitions in the United States, then in Western Europe, and all over the world. Since the 70s, the artist has been working with the theme of everyday life, first depicting fragments of everyday life in trompe l'oeil, later — Soviet people in the subway, tram, at a festive demonstration. As a basis, the artist took photographs taken with the primitive Zenith V. At the beginning of the 90s, Faibisovich turned to the study of various optical effects ­— a cycle of these works was shown at the ‘Evidence’ exhibition (1993) in the OVCHARENKO gallery (until 2018 — Regina). In 1995, after the ‘Farewell Anniversary’ exhibition, the artist suspended painting till 2008, when at the ‘Comeback’ exhibition, he presented a series of works in a new technique, imitating a blurred shot of a bad phone camera. The heroes in a number of his subsequent cycles ­— ‘Razgulyay’ (2009), ‘A Dog's Life’ (2011), ‘Kazansky V’ (2013–2014) — are marginal characters, train station dwellers, and homeless animals; all those left behind. During its collaboration with the artist, the gallery has launched ten of his personal projects, including a prominent retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery (2019), organized in collaboration with OVCHARENKO.

Works
Exhibitions
Exhibitions

Solo shows

2020
Semyon Faibisovich. New World. GUM-Red-Line. Moscow, Russia.

 

2019

Retrospective of Semyon Faibisovich. New Tretyakov. Moscow, Russia.

 

2017
Moscow Mine. The Museum of Moscow. Moscow, Russia.
Residual sight. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.

 

2014
My Yard. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2011
Three in One. Special project of the IV Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Red October. Moscow, Russia.

 

2010
Ochevidnost (Evidence). Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia
Les Miserables. Regina Gallery. London, United Kingdom.

 

2009
Razgulyai. Ikon Gallery. Birmingham, United Kingdom.

 

2008
Comeback. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2006
Restored Values 2. Paintings. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2005
Rome to Rome. Photo. Collectors’ Club Gallery. Art-Strelka. Moscow, Russia.

 

2004
The Early Painting and Graphics Within the Framework of Archiving Contemporaneity. Krokin Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2003
Lviv Eyed by the Muscovite. Photography. Moscow–Kiev–Lviv.

 

2001
Restored Values. Painting. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
All in Due Time, All in Due Place… Andrey Sakharov Museum and Public Center. Moscow, Russia.
My Windows. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
A Joint Under the Pines. TV Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2000
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. XL Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
The Living and the Dead (Memories of the Summer). Marat Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1999
Our Fluff. Zverev Contemporary Art Center. Moscow, Russia.

 

1997
Cold Running Down Your Spine. L gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1995
The Farewell Anniversary (in cooperation with B. Orlov). Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1994
The Chronicle of Current Developments. Painting installation. Yakut gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1993
Ochevidnost (Evidence). Regina gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1992
The Last Parade. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

 

Group Shows

2021

Collector's Eye Exhibition. Special project of Cosmoscow Art Fair. Central Manege. Moscow, Russia.

Coral Island: Sex on the Beach. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Object. Focus. Distance. Single Shots. Photorealism. Fine Art Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2020

First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.

 

2019

One Family. GUM-Red-Line. Moscow, Russia.


2016
Borsch and Champagne. Selected Works from the Collection of Vladimir Ovcharenko. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.

 

2015
Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. New Brunswick, USA.

 

2014
My Yard. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2011
Three in One. Special project of the IV Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Red October. Moscow, Russia.

 

2010
Negotiation - Today's Documents 2010. Today Art Museum. Beijing, China.

 

2007
I Believe! Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Lady with Dogs. In cooperation with Sergey Shekhovtsov. Moscow, Russia.
Movement. Evolution. Art. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
Razgulyai at Night. M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia.

 

2006
Artists vs. the State / Returning to Perestroika. Ron Feldman Gallery. New York, USA.


2005
Subjective Time. M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia.
Remembrance. Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia. Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College. Easton, USA.
Start of the Century Artists. WAM Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
The Russian Vision of Europe. Europalia. Brussels, Belgium.

 

2004
Moscow Berlin / Berlin Moskau. 1950–2000. State Historical Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Nostalgic Conceptualization: Russian Version. Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University. New York, USA.

2003
Semyon Fajbisowitsch, Allen Jones, Timur Novikov, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol. Bleibtreu-Galerie. Berlin, Germany.
Berlin Moskau 1950–2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau. Berlin, Germany.
The New Countdown. Digital Russia with Sony. Moscow House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Remembrance. Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia. Art Museum of the Yeshiva University. New York, USA; Priebe Art Gallery University of Wisconsin. Wisconsin, USA; Art Gallery of the Appleton University. Appleton, USA.

 

2002
Actual Russian Painting. New Manezh. Moscow, Russia.
Pro Vision. 2nd International Photography Festival. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

2001
Russian Artists to Andy Warhol. Marat Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2000
20th Century Art. The New Permanent Exposition of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Series. NCCA, Manezh. Moscow, Russia.

 

1999
Museum of Contemporary Art. Russian Art of Late 1950s – early 1980s. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Act 99. Austria – Moscow. Wels Museum – Manezh. Moscow, Russia.
Post-War Russian Avant-Garde. Yuri Traisman collection. State Russian Museum. St.Petersburg, Russia – StateTretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia – Miami University Museum. Miami, USA.

 

1997
History Personalized. An exhibition tour over the cities of Russian provinces. Open Society Institute.Tsaritsyno State Museum-Reserve. Moscow, Russia.
The Universal Congratulation. The Segodnya Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

1995
Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Zimmerli Art Museum. Rutgers University. New Jersey, USA.

 

1994
Before Neo and after Post – The New Russian Version. Lehman College Art Gallery. New York, USA.

 

1993
Old Symbols, New Icons in Russian Contemporary Art. Stewart Levi Gallery. Nez York, USA.
Monuments: Transformation for the Future. ICI. Central House of the Artists. Moscow, Russia.
M’AIDEZ/MAYDAY. Phyllis Kind Gallery. New York, USA.

 

1992
Firsthand Art, or the Apology of Shyness. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
A Mosca... A Mosca. Campoletto Villa. Ercolano; Galleria Comunale. Bologna, Italy.
My Father’s House Has Many Mansions. Phyllis Kind Gallery. New York, USA.
Glasnost Under Glass. Ohio State University. Columbus, USA.

 

1990
Adaptation and Negation of Socialist Realism. The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Ridgefield, USA.
Painting in Moscow and Leningrad. 1965–1990. Columbus Museum of Art. Columbus, USA.
Bulatov, Faibisovich, Gorokhovski, Kopystianskiye, Vassilyev. Phyllis Kind Gallery. Chicago, USA.

 

1989
Photography in Painting. First Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Behind the Ironic Curtain. Phyllis Kind Gallery. New York, USA.
Moscow-3. Eva Pol Gallery. West Berlin, FRG.
Von der Revolution zur Perestroika. Sowietische Kunst aus der Sammlung Ludwig.
Wirklichkeit als Konzept II. Die jungere Generation. Galerie Inge Baecker. Cologne, FRG.

 

1988
Ich lebe – Ich sehe. Kunstmuseum. Bern, Switzerland.
Glastnost. Kunsthalle in Emden. Emden, FRG.
Beyond the Ironical Curtain. Galerie Inge Baecker. Cologne, FRG.
The Maze. The Youth Palace. Moscow, Russia.

 

1987
Direct from Moscow. Phyllis Kind Gallery. New York, USA.
Retrospective: 1957–1987. T. O. Hermitage. Moscow, Russia.
Post-Socialistic Realism: New Soviet Reality. Firebird Gallery. Alexandria, USA.

 

1985
The 16th Youth Exhibition. Moscow, Russia.

 

1976–1988
Exhibitions of the municipal committee of graphics in the Malaya Gruzinskaya street. Moscow, Russia.

Public collections:
Time Magazine, New York, USA
Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany
Modern Art Museum of the East European Countries (Ludwig Collection), Budapest, Hungary
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden, Germany
Modern Art Museum, Lodz, Poland
ART4.ru Museum of Actual Art, Moscow, Russia
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
State Literature Museum, Moscow, Russia
Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
The Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

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