Overview

Stas Volyazlovsky  was born in Kherson, Ukraine in 1971. Volyazlovsky’s authentic style corresponds to the style of his  hometown Kherson, where he lived all his life, and to the style of his entourage (artists and friends). It is all about sincerity, self-mockery, black humour, ludicrous funny cases and rumours. A lot of things from everyday life, layered on top of horrors from the ‘big world’, transcended to his works in a grotesque manner.

Stas became the creator of a new trend in art called 'chanson-art'. It was his way of communicating with people and their tough destinies, with their fears, superstitions, thoughts and stories. Volyazlovsky’s artwork is a ‘stream of consciousness’, without filters and squeamishness, a reflection of the world’s craziness, the cruelty and pettiness of human nature, the concentration of everything which gets poured on top of us via media channels - dismembered bodies, pornography, crime, politics, the yellow press. The horrors do not go away, even if we close our eyes. The artist chose a visual language where freedom, simplicity and frankness are possible: naive art, Russian ‘lubkis’ and art of the mentally disturbed. By touching upon forbidden subjects with the help of black humour, Volyazlovsky invented whole stories: ‘lubok comics’ on bed sheets, pillow cases, mattresses, tablecloths, created ‘wall newspapers’, graphics, collages, installations, video works, wrote stories and poems.

In the 2000's, he was a member of the ‘R.E.P’ group, of the ‘Totem’ club and in the 2010’s, a part of ‘Rapany’. In 2007 he started collaborating with REGINA Gallery, which hosted two of his personal exhibitions: ‘Chanson Art’ (a catalogue was published, 2008) and ‘Kiosk Between Two Towers’ (2011). His works were exhibited in Belgium, UK, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Russia, USA, Ukraine, France, Croatia and Sweden. Participated at the Moscow Biennale (2009). Participated at art fairs like ‘Art Moscow’ (Moscow, 2007), Armory Show (New-York, 2008, 2011), ARTISSIMA (Turin, 2008), Art Basel (Basel, 2011), VIENNAFAIR (Vienna, 2013), Viennacontemporary (Vienna, 2017). Works are in Cindy Sherman’s collection, as well as in other private collections in Russia and abroad.

Works
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Solo shows:
2018
  • Give a Blowjob in Heaven. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia 
2015
  • Libertinage. Karas Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine

2011                       

  • Kiosk Between Two Towers. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
2008                    
  • Chanson Art. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • Wall Newspapers. Atelier Karas Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine
2006                     
  • Swords into Ploughs. NaSpasskoy 45 Gallery. Nikolayev, Ukraine
  • Textile. Tsekh (Workshop) Gallery (curator: Victoria Burlaka). Kiev, Ukraine
2003                     
  • Waiting for Yeti. CC/02 Gallery. Kherson, Ukraine

 

Group Shows (selection):
 

2013                        

  • The Team I Can't Live Without. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
2011
  • Lymphatic drainage. Small Gallery of the Art Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine

2009                                   

  • 3rdMoscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Center for Contemporary Culture «Garage». Moscow, Russia
  • Fuck Young. REGINA Gallery. Moscow, Russia
  • PastFuturePerfect. Calvert22. London, UK
2008                    
  • ApartmentShow. BereznitskyGallery. Berlin, Germany
  • Knizhkovy obid. Contemporary Art Center under the auspices of NAUKMA.Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Transit. Ya (I) Gallery Art Center of Pavel Gudimov. Kiev, Ukraine
2007                                     
  • WSPOLNOTY. Mloda sztuka Ukrainy. Arsenal Gallery (curator: RAP group). Bialystok, Poland
  • Stanislav Volyazlovsky and the Totem Studio. SOSKA Gallery Lab of Contemporary Art. Kharkov, Ukraine
  • Commonwealth Project. Contemporary Art Center under the auspices of NAUKMA. Kiev, Ukraine
  • GENERATIONS. USA. PinchukArtCentrе. Kiev, Ukraine
  • Artists Drawing. A4 Paper Format. An annual portfolio project. Atelier Karas Gallery. Kiev, Ukraine
  • Self-Defense. Within the framework of the Eidos – 2006/07International Competition of Visual Art. Culture, Art and Museum Complex of the Mistetsky Arsenal. Kiev, Ukraine
2006                     
  • TESTING STATION. Skulpturens Hus (curator: A. Solovyov).Stockholm, Sweden
2005                    
  • Withoutbirchbark. ContemporaryArtMuseum. Kherson, Ukraine
  • Collection. Contemporary Art Museum. Kherson, Ukraine
2004                     
  • 5thInternationalTriennialofSmallGraphicForms. Vilnius, Lithuania
2003                     
  • 14thInternationalEx-LibrisCompetition, biennial. St. Niklaas,Belgium
  • 5th International Competition in Graphics and Ex-Libris. Gliwice, Poland
2002                     
  • CompetitioninComputerGraphics. Opava, Czekh Republic
2001                     
  • International Competition of Ex-Libris and Small Graphics. Map Museum. Moulinex, France
2000                    
  • Seven. Kherson Oblast Art Museum named after A. Shovkunenko. Kherson, Ukraine

 

Participation in international fairs of contemporary art:

2011                       

  • Armory Show. New York, USA

2010                        

  • Frieze Art Fair. London, UK
  •  Art Basel Miami Beach. Miami, USA 
2009    
  • 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia
2008    
  • ArmoryShow. New York, USA
  • Artissima. Torino, Italy
  • ArtBaselMiamiBeach. Miami, USA
2007     
  • Art-Moscow. Moscow, Russia