Sergey Zarva was born in 1973 in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. In 1992, he graduated from the Grekov Odessa Art School. During the 90s, Zarva created various group portraits based on Soviet amateur photography: Rabbit Lovers, Household, etc. However, characters with red-violet blush and brown tan look rather like creatures from the other world than happy Soviet citizens. Hereby, the artist reflects on the grim reality behind the image of communist paradise. In the 2000s, he elaborated on this method by painting on covers of the Ogoniok magazine — he exposes muscles and paints bruises of a rotten colour on the faces of famous actors, astronauts, politicians. Several of these works were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013.
Throughout the 2010s, Zarva introduced icons and symbols of the new era to his work — Russian politician (An Informal Meeting at the Crimean Level, 2012), covers of glamorous magazines (Elle, 2010; Vogue Beauty, 2011). Moreover, in some of his projects, Zarva appropriates family and dischargee albums or Soviet buffets (Library of Optimism, 2013). Some of his recent artworks feature characters dressed according to the 70s fashion, standing against the curtains. By doing so, the artist reimagines the iconography of a parlour photoshoot, supplementing it with attributes of a baroque portrait.
№9 из серии «Огонёк» | #9 from the series Ogonyok, 2001
№46, из серии Огонёк | #46 from the series Ogonyok, 2001
Без названия | Untitled, 2006
№57 из серии «Огонёк» | #57 from the series Ogonyok, 2007
Студенчество Ванюши | Student Days of Vanyusha, 2011
из альбома ДМБ | from the album DMB, 2011
В память об Иване Мухаморыче | In Memory of Ivan Mukhomorych, 2011
из альбома ДМБ | from the album DMB, 2011
Без названия, из серии «Библиотека оптимизма» | Untitled, from the series LIibrary of Optimism, 2013
Крымчодалы | Krymchodaly, 2015
Завтрак на траве | The Luncheon on the Grass, 2015
Без названия, из серии «Футбол» | Untitled from the series Football, 2016
Гена | Gena , 2018
Пэтэушник | Ptushnik, 2020
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 ZarvaTomb of the Prince of Tauride 10 Sep - 20 Oct 2019For a short while OVCHARENKO gallery turns a “Tomb of the Prince of Tauride”. Crimean artist Sergey Zarva transforms the space of the gallery by himself.
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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 ZarvaLibrary of Optimism 5 Sep - 31 Oct 2013For a short while REGINA Gallery will turn into a temporary library of the past. This project has been called 'The Library of Optimism' by its author, Ukrainian artist Sergey...
Sergey ZarvaDiscoteque 6 Apr - 13 May 2005Regina Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Sergey Zarva 'Discoteque'
Sergey Zarva, Lavrenty BruniPLAYogonyokBOY 4 Sep - 12 Oct 2001
Oleg Golosiy, Vladimir Kozhukhar, Sergey ZarvaU kraya 24 Apr - 16 May 2000
Tomb of the Prince of Tauride. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Library of Optimism. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Ogonyok. Collection Gallery. Kyiv, Ukraine.
Family Album. Collection Gallery. Kyiv, Ukraine.
Honours Board. Collection Gallery. Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tin Light. Norma Gallery. Odessa, Ukraine.
Discoteque. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
PLAY[ogonyok]BOY, in collaboration with Lavrentiy Bruni. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Family Album. Tirs Gallery. Odessa, Ukraine.
First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Monumental. Presale exhibition. Vladey. Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
The Moscow Times. Presale exhibition. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.
Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Balagan!!! Kühlhaus. Berlin, Germany.
Spring Auction. Presale exhibition. Vladey. Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre. Moscow, Russia.
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico. Venice Biennale 55. Venice, Italy.
The Team I Can't Live Without. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Odessa School. Mystetskyi Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine.
Lymphatic Drainage. Small Gallery of the Art Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine.
Ostalgia. New Museum. New York, USA.
Space Odyssey 2011. Mystetskyi Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine.
New Insincerity. Kiev Fine Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine.
Decorative Realism. Bereznitsky Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
TOP-10 (2). Kiev Fine Art Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine.
Art-raiders: First Experience. Starokonniy Market. Odessa, Ukraine.
Flies and Chicken Kiev. Starokonniy Market. Odessa, Ukraine.
I Believe! Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre. Moscow, Russia.
Go, Ukraine, Go! Orange Summer Festival. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
ActuaLove. Museum of Art. Odessa, Ukraine.
Art Moscow. Regina Gallery. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Conjunctivitis. Ra Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine.
Art Moscow Workshop. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
At the Edge. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Beyond the Graph. Odessa Fine Arts Museum. Odessa, Ukraine.