Sergey Bratkov was born in 1960 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 1978 he graduated from The Kharkiv State School of Art; in 1983 – from The National Technical University of Kharkiv. In the 1970s, he got fascinated with photography and, in the 1980s, began experimenting, creating collages and objects. From 1988 to 1993, he was a part of the art group ‘Letter A’; he created the semi-figurative painting, participated in group exhibitions in Ukraine and Germany. In 1994-1997 he was a member of the Fast Reaction Group. As a part of the collective, Bratkov worked with such authors of provocative performances, objects, and photo series, as Boris and Victoria Mikhailov and Sergiy Solonsky.
Since 2000, he has been living in Moscow. His major mediums are photography, video, installation, painting, and performance. He also holds classes at the Rodchenko School of Multimedia and Photography and curates exhibitions.
Artworks by Bratkov raise questions of a broad sociocultural nature; they reflect the problems of society militarization, illiteracy, and adherence to the occult, they speak ironically about the pervasive consumerism and manipulative advertising.
The artist always maintains a balance between social orientation and the artistry of the idea: Bratkov never descends to current affairs. His artistic language is distinguished by paradox, visual power, and great poetry.
Bratkov is a participant of the Biennale in Sao Paulo (2002), Manifesta (2004), Venice Biennale (2003, 2007, 2011). He is an Innovation Prize winner in the main category Work of Visual Art (2009). The artworks by Bratkov were acquired by, among others, Multimedia Art Museum (Russia), Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (Belgium), Galician Centre of Contemporary Art (Spain), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), as well as by private collections in Russia and abroad.
№5, из проекта «Украина» | #5, from the Ukraine project , 2009
Кабаков (3 части) | Kabakov (3 parts), 2012-2020
Безумие | Madness, 2014
Из серии «Заговор» | From the series Spell, 2014
Без названия, из серии «Заговор» | Untitled, from the Spell series, 2014
Лукоморье | Lukomorie, 2015
Следующая Баррикадная | The Next Station is Barrikadnaya, 2016
№43b из серии «Щуки-Штуки» | #43b from the series "Shchuki-things", 2016
Изабелла | Isabella, 2016
Красный угол | Red corner, 2016
Без названия / Untitled, 2018
Из ресторанов в космос не летают | No One Goes into Space from Restaurants, 2019
В рот воды | Keep Mum, 2020
Рот без языка | Mouth Without Tongue, 2021
Уехать забыть | Leave Forget, 2013
Без названия, из серии «Заговор» | Untitled, from the Spell series, 2014
Янтарная комната | Amber Room, 2010
№39, из проекта «Украина» | #39, from the Ukraine project, 2009
Jeep Boys , 2009
Что она собирается сейчас сказать? | What Is She Going to Say?, 2006
Работай | Work, 2010
№42, из серии «Моя Москва» | #42, from the series My Moscow, 2003
#32 из серии МОЯ МОСКВА / #32 from the series MY MOSCOW, 2003
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.
Sergey BratkovBEFORE/AFTER 13 Oct 2021 - 18 Jan 2022 WinzavodOVCHARENKO presents two events that are inextricably interlinked and, at the same time, have independent meaning. It is the exhibition 'BEFORE/AFTER' and a launch of the artist's catalogue titled 'WE...
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,...
Sergey BratkovWe Are Not Here 25 Apr - 4 Sep 2018REGINA gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition of Sergey Bratkov «WE ARE NOT HERE». In the latest works Sergey Bratkov explores the poetic of the everyday: the man with all his weak points and shortcomings mixed with an unfading joy of life. WE ARE NOT HERE is a metaphor of contemporary real life here and now. Bratkov is always at the peak of social sentiments, rather often his ideas are ahead of his time.
Group exhibitionRehearsals of Pleasure and Other Conditions 25 Oct - 6 Dec 2017REGINA Gellery presents the «Rehearsals of pleasure and other conditions» group exhibition, curated by Sergey Bratkov.
What stands behind works by a young artist? What will remain if we focus not on a commercial product, not on formal «searching for a new visuality» and not on a pre-built and emasculated structure of interaction of conceptual work with the viewer?
The living matter of the artist's everyday reality, unsightly for someone, somehow harsh, somehow personal, sentimental or emotional, has become the subject of the young artists’ statements.
Built according to the principle of rapid reaction art, the exhibition includes works and performances created here and now, without any predefined goal of a common utterance, but in an attempt to discover the point of internal struggle that hides behind the public manifestations of the process of art creation.
This is not an invitation to the workshop, but the citation of internal dialogues: with a medium, with institutions, with oneself and with society. This is the part of the work of artists that can not be sold.
Sergey BratkovThe Empire of Dreams 3 Mar - 9 Apr 2017"Empire of Dreams" is a new project by Sergey Bratkov, initiated in 2016 and held in MAMM.
Sergey BratkovBRAT FILM FEST 2 Mar - 5 Apr 2017Regina Gallery is happy to present new project by Serg ey Bratkov BRAT FILM FEST! In frames of this film festival there will be presented 19 short films which were...
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...
Sergey BratkovSpell 27 May - 28 Jun 2014Stop for a moment, human being. Take a sip of vodka and leave for remote village Tsineevo. Follow dangerous trails among beaver dams on the wanderer path. ...
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...
Sergey BratkovScream 12 Oct - 3 Dec 2011Regina Gallery is pleased to present Scream, a new project by Sergey Bratkov (b. 1960) for his first solo exhibition in London. For more than two decades he has brought...
Sergey BratkovNeither War Nor Peace 18 Mar - 14 May 2011Regina Gallery is pleased to present a new project of Sergey Bratkov ‘Neither War Nor Peace’. The video 'Endless War', and a new series of photographs are an attempt to...
Diary of a MadmanGroup Show 18 Apr - 21 May 2010The REGINA Gallery is happy to present DIARY OF A MADMAN, a new group show featuring Sergey Bratkov (Russia), Valery Chtak (Russia), Tracey Emin (UK), Aleksei Kalima (R.ssia), Steven Parrino...
Sergey BratkovBalaklavsky Drive 20 Sep - 7 Nov 2009The REGINA Gallery is happy to present the personal show of Sergey Bratkov titled The Balaklavsky Drive within the framework of the parallel program of the 3rd Moscow Biennale of...
Sergey BratkovSearching for Horizon 1 Mar - 9 Apr 2008REGINA Gallery is pleased to present a new project of a famous artist Sergey Bratkov. Comprising nine pieces from the series “SEARCHING FOR HORIZON”, the exhibition describes the new time:...
Sergey BratkovSPA 27 Mar - 14 May 2006Regina Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Sergey Bratkov 'SPA'. From the first exhibition “KIDS” in the Regina gallery (2000) Sergey Bratkov has been disturbing...
Sergey BratkovOrange Cross 26 Dec 2004
Sergey BratkovSeven 23 Apr - 19 May 2004Regina Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Sergey Bratkov 'Seven'. Sergey Bratkov has dashingly broken into the close world of Moscow art community in 2000...
Sergey BratkovMy Moscow 10 Oct - 23 Nov 2002Regina Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Sergey Bratkov “My Moscow”. Bratkov’s first solo project was shown in February 2000 in Moscow. From then on...
BEFORE/AFTER. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Not About Jaws. LLIL Art Space. Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Iphone Pack. kh.l.a.m. Voronezh, Russia.
We Are Not Here. Regina Gallery. Moscow. Russia.
Temple Masterpieces, or Enjoy Your Bath! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
The Judges: Who Are They? AZ Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Nominees of the Moscow Art Prize Exhibition. Media Centre of Zaryadye Park. Moscow, Russia.
Remember Yesterday. PinchukArtCentre. Kyiv, Ukraine.
Summer Exhibition. Radio House. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
A Shadow of the Soul but Slightly Sharper. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Things. Anna Nova Gallery. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Steirischer herbst festival. Graz, Austria.
The Destiny of Man. Session V: Human Teleology. Biography, Fate, Hope, Faith. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
Power over Yourself. Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin. Moscow, Russia.
Forbidden Image. PinchukArtCentre. Kiev, Ukraine.
Here and now. An atlas of Moscow Art Studios. Central Manege. Moscow, Russia.
The Art of the 2000s. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
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- Thomas Seelig, “Glory Days”, catalogue for the exhibition “Glory Days” at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2008, p. 50-51
- “The Picture Hunter”, a conversation with Sergey Bratkov, Anna Alchuk and Mikhail Ryklin, catalogue for the exhibition “Glory Days” at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2008, p. 54-60
- Boris Buden, “The World of Lost Innocence, or: Why isn’t Sergey Bratkov a Post-Communist?”, catalogue for the exhibition “Glory Days” at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2008, p. 130-133
- Bart de Baere, “On People and Appliances”, catalogue for the exhibition “Glory Days” at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2008, p. 138-142
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- “Never too young”, in the cat. for the exhibition “Dangerous Beauty” at Chelsey Art Museum in collaboration with PAN, (Napoli), p.34-35
- Katharine Welsch, “Serhiy Bratkov”, in the cat. for the exhibition “Reflection” at Pinchuk Art Center, cat. p.18-22
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