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.




Walk around. Parting. Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Moscow, Russia.


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



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


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


My Yard. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


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


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


Razgulyai. Ikon Gallery. Birmingham, United Kingdom.


Comeback. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


The Last Parade. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Group Shows:


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

ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia



The Object. Space. The Human. Art of the second half of the 20th – early 21st centuries from the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery. New Tretyakov. Moscow, Russia.



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.



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



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

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


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


My Yard. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


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


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


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.


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

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.


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.

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.


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

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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The 16th Youth Exhibition. Moscow, Russia.


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

  • 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
  • Elina Viron. «Semyon Faibisovich: We see what we want to, but I want to see everything». Revizor. 26.01.2017/ http://www.rewizor.ru/museums-exhibitions/catalog/muzey-moskvy/retsenzii/semen-faybisovich-my-vidim-to-chto-hotim-videt-a-ya-hochu-videt-vse/
  • Elena Fedotova. «Semyon Faibisovich: For many I am still a persona non grata». Art and Houses. 07.02.17/ http://art-and-houses.ru/2017/02/07/semen-fajbisovich-dlya-mnogih-ya-i-sejchas-persona-non-grata/
  • Olga Kabanova. Homeless people, lit by the rising sun. Vedomosti / № 4251, 30.01.2017 / http://www.vedomosti.ru/lifestyle/articles/2017/01/30/675312-vistavka-faibisovicha
  • News of culture. 01/26/17 (10:00) Museum of Moscow opens an exhibition Semyon Faibisovich «My Moscow». The TV channel «Russia K» / http://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/165307
  • Vadim Mikhailov. Photoshop and painting in the work of Semyon Faibisovich. The Art Newspaper Russia. № 50, February 2017 / http://www.theartnewspaper.ru/posts/3988
  • How to look at the city without rose-colored glasses and be glad: the view of Moscow by the artist Faibisovich. Forbes, 20.01.2017/ http://www.forbes.ru/forbeslife/337559-kak-smotret-na-gorod-bez-rozovyh-ochkov-i-radovatsya-moskva-glazami-художника
  • Asya Chachko. Simon Faibisovich: «In response I hear what you are natspredatel». Colta, 14.02.16/
  • http://www.colta.ru/articles/art/13384
  • Town of memories. Lost Moscow of Semyon Faibisovich. The program «Archaeology» with Sergei Medvedev. 05.03.17 / http://www.svoboda.org/a/28277048.html
  • Reaching the horror. Kommersant. № 18 (17), 01.02.17/ http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3206488
  • Lena Stibizova. «Moscow is a pot»: Pakhom and Faibisovich decode DNA of sobyanin’s Moscow».  Afisha Daily. 01.02.17/ https://daily.afisha.ru/brain/4345-moskva-eto-kotelok-pahom-i-faybisovich-rasshifrovyvayut-dnk-sobyaninskoy-moskvy/
  • Maria Semendiayeva. Most important for me is the light. Interview with Semyon Faibisovich. Catalog «Moscow mine». Regina Gallery, 2015, pp. 4-9.
  • Elena Verkhovskaya. «Instagram is a set of templates. It is not interesting». Interview with artist Simyon Faibisovich. Interview Russia, 14.10.14/ http://www.interviewrussia.ru/art/semen-faybisovich-instagram-nabor-shablonov-eto-neinteresno
  • Affiche: Regina Gallery presents exhibition «My yard». TV Channel «Moscow 24». Ether by 05.10.2014 (10:30)/  http://www.m24.ru/videos/63648?attempt=1
  • Anna Tolstova. A dog's life. Kommersant Weekend. № 14 (308), 19.04.2013/ http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2168019/print
  • Olga Kabanov. Myself friend. Vedomosti. № 71 (3333), 23.04.2013/ http://www.vedomosti.ru/lifestyle/news/11437431/sam_sebe_drug
  • A dog's life. Anotherciry.ru, 18.04.2013/ http://www.anothercity.ru/news/73-news/2479-dogs-life-red-october
  • Maria Semendiayeva. Vagrant story. Kommersant Power. № 15 (1020), 22.04.2013
  • Portrait with a tail. Novaya Gazeta. № 46, 26.04 2013/ https://www.novayagazeta.ru/articles/2013/04/26/54516-portret-s-hvostom
  • Jo Vickery. Jo Vickery talks with Semyon Faibisovich. Catalog «Three in one». Regina Gallery, 2011, p. 10-26.
  • Sergey Guskov. Simon Faibisovich «Report unprepossessing and peripheral epic sound». Aroundart.Ru. 16.06.2011
  • Matthew Bown. We are not cameras - Semyon Faibisovich’s Evidence project. Catalog «Evidence».Regina Gallery, 2010, p. 13-16.
  • Jonathan Watkins. Snap-shots. Catalog «Evidence». Regina Gallery, 2010, p. 11-13.
  • Interview with Semyon Faibisovich. Time Out. 2008, p. 84
  • Dyogot, Ekaterina. The Man with a Cellphone. Catalogue «Comeback», Regina Gallery, 2008, p. 7–17
  • Rudyk, Alexandra. Russian Richter. Afisha. 2008, p. 174–175
  • Faina Balakhovskaya. Well Forgotten Old Things. Vremya. 07.02.2006/ http://www.vremya.ru/2006/20/10/144784.html
  • Faina Balakhovskaya. The view from my window. Vremya. 27.09.2001/ http://www.vremya.ru/2001/177/10/14744.html
  • Sidlin, Mikhail. Pataphysics of Faibisovich. Nezavisimaya Gazeta. December 5, 2001, p. 4
  • Agunovich, Konstantin. Semyon Faibisovich. «Restored Values». Afisha. Vol. 24, 2001, p. 129
  • Aizenberg, Mikhail; Kibirov, Timur; Rubinshtein, Lev. The Continuing Issue of the Stare. Three Poets Talking about One Artist. «Semyon Faibisovich. 1980s Painting», catalogue. 2001, pp. 36–45
  • Salnikov, V. Solzhenitsyn and Frolov Judged by History. Review of the Villa under the Pines project. www.weekend.ru, March 2001
  • Shapoval, Sergey. Money and Demand for Art. Interview with S. Faibisovich. Nezavisimaya Gazeta. November 3 2001, p. 16
  • Alekseyev, Nikita. Restitution of the Important. Interview with Faibisovich. Inostranets. December 11, 2001, p. 14–15
  • Barabanov, Yevgeny. The Analytics of the Unknown. «Semyon Faibisovich. 1980s Painting», catalogue; 2001, p. 5–27
  • Paperny, Vladimir. Socrates, Sots-Art, The Constrictor and the Rabbit. «Semyon Faibisovich. 1980s Painting», catalogue. 2001, pp. 30–35
  • Start of the Century Artists. Moscow Actual Art of 2000–2003. WAM Vol. 8/9 2004, pp. 100–103
  • Romer Fedor. Semyon Faibisovich. «Cold Running Down Your Spine». Exhibition Review. Itogy. Vol. 36. September 16 1997, p. 80
  • Shapoval, Sergey. The Other Post-Modernist. An interview with the artist. Nezavisimaya Gazeta. 22.08.96, p. 7
  • Toddes, Yevgeny. NZ in “NZ”. An internal review of the first five issues. NZ. Vol. 5 (7), 1999, pp. 31–45
  • Medvedev, Aleksey. Red over Black and White. Obshchaya Gazeta. Vol. 20, 1995, p. 10
  • Timofeyeva, Olga; Lipsky, Andrey. Call Things by their Proper Names (Semyon Faibisovich. Persona Grata). «Obshchaya Gazeta». Vol. 51, 1994, p. 16
  • Aizenberg, Mikhail. Opening Day against the Background of Celebration. REGINA gallery: September 1990 – July 1993. Khronika. 1993, pp. 182–184
  • Yepikhin, Sergey. The Eye for Oneself. Segodnya. December 29 1993, “Art” column
  • Dyogot, Ekaterina. Semyon Faibisovich Painting – Total Deceit, not Truth. Kommersant. December 1993
  • Gambrell, Jamey. Report from Moscow. Part II. Art in America. November 1992, pp. 53, 55
  • Solntseva, Alyona. Non-Affiliated Semyon Faibisovich. Stolitsa. Vol. 25, 1992, pp. 53–55
  • Barabanov, Dmitry. Semyon Faibisovich. «The Living and the Dead (Memories of the Summer)». Review. Khudozhestvenny Zhurnal. Vol. 37/38, p. 87
  • Gambrell, Jamey. Soviet Art – The View from Our Side. Adaptation and Negation of Socialist Realism. Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Catalogue 1990, p. 5
  • Nesbit, Lois E. Simon Faibisovich (Reviews). Artforum. April 1990, p. 172
  • The Editor. Simon Faibisovich – Photo Realism with Soul. World and I. July 1990, p. 214, Washington D.C.
  • Barabanov, Yevgeny. Image and Text: Russian Art of the Post-Avant-garde. Adaptation and Negation of Socialist Realism. Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Catalogue 1990, p. 9
  • Bredikhina, Lyudmila. The Last Rally. REGINA gallery: September 1990 – July 1993. Khronika. Moscow. 1993, pp. 180–182
  • Decter, Joshua. Simon Faibisovich (Reviews). ART Magazine. April 1990, p. 107
  • Heartney, Eleanor. Simon Faibisovich at Phyllis Kind (Reviews). Art in America. June 1988, pp. 161–162
  • Bown, Matthew Cullerne. Contemporary Russian Art. Phaidon/Oxford 1989, pp. 57, 59, 61
  • Kibirov, Timur. To Artist Semyon Faibisovich. Theater. Vol. 6, 1989, pp. 140–144, color insert
  • Peschler, Eric A. Studious of Moscow Contemporary Drawings (in 4 languages, including Russian). Editions Enrico Navarra – Galerie de France, Paris 1989, pp. 7, 9, 11, 13, 44–51