Arsen Savadov


Born in 1962 in Kyiv and graduated from the Taras Shevchenko Republican Secondary Art School and the Kyiv State Art Institute. Savadov was a member of the Paris Commune arts squat (Kyiv). It was «Cleopatra’s Grief» (1987) by Arsen Savadov and Georgiy Senchenko that ushered in the era of Ukrainian New Wave art. During the 1987 FIAC Art Fair in Paris, the painting was sold by Galerie de France for $120 000.

In the 1990s, Savadov created a number of photo projects — «Donbass-Chocolate», «Fashion at the Graveyard», «The Book of the Dead», «The Collective Red» — that had a significant impact on establishing the place of Ukrainian art in the global context.

Through photography, Savadov turned to painting, giving it new trans-media features. His creative works exceed the limits of the classic «beautiful», bringing a therapeutic, electric-shock-like effect.

Arsen Savadov is the first Ukrainian artist to have a work put up for auction at Sotheby’s (a photo from his «Donbass-Chocolate» series, in 2007).

He represented Ukraine at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.

Selected exhibitions:

  • «Blow-up» (2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv);
  • «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum, Kyiv);
  • «Painting» (2007, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York);
  • «Donbass-Chocolate» (2003, Orel Art Gallery, Paris);
  • «Kokto» (2002, Guelman Gallery, Kyiv).

Selected collections:

  • Russian State Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia),
  • European Photography Centre (Paris),
  • Moscow Museum of Photography (Moscow),
  • PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv),
  • Moderna Museet Malmö (Malmö, Sweden),
  • Elton John Collection (London).