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.

Gallery progects
Solo exhibitions


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.



Group exhibitions


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.