Oleg Golosiy


Mermaid, oil on canvas, 69 x 79 cm, 1989


Oleg Golosiy is among the most expressive artists of the “new wave,” which emerged in the late 1980s. His star rose fast and faded early. Golosiy managed to create very few works, and now each of them is a rarity and holds great value for the history of Ukrainian contemporary art.

The recently found Mermaid was painted in 1989, during the brightest and most picturesque peak of the “new wave.” It is a characteristic representation of Golosiy’s creative practice during those years and also of the techniques used by other “new wave” artists: expressive painting, vibrant colors, varied shapes, using mythical plots and characters in postmodernist interpretation, with layers and reflections of visuals and meanings. Among all the other authors of this group Oleg Golosiy stands out due to the intimacy and depth, mythical touch and a secret veil enveloping all his works.   


Oleg Golosiy was born in Dnepropetrovsk in 1965.

In 1984 he graduated The Dnepropetrovsk State Art College and entered The Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Architecture (painting department) in Kyiv, he had lived and worked in Dnepropetrovsk, Chisinau, Kyiv and Moscow. Was one of the leaders of the legendary squat on the Paris Commune Street in Kyiv. The most famous Golosiy exhibition in his lifetime was organized by “Regina Gallery” in Moscow’s  in Central House of Artists in 1991. He tragically died on January 17th, 1993, leaving 272 canvases.

Selected exhibitions:

  • “Oleg Golosiy. Retrospective”, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev (2003);
  • “Art Against Geography” , Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2001);
  • “Intervals», Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2000);
  • “Dialogue with Kiev” Vіlla Stuck, Munich, Germany (1992);
  • “Postanesteziya», Kunstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse, Munich & Grassі Museum then, Leipzig, Germany (1992);
  • Central House of Artists, Moscow (1991).

Selected collections:

  • National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev;
  • The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland;
  • A collection of PinchukArtCentre, Kiev;
  • The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia;
  • Collection of Vladimir Ovcharenko, Regina Gallery, Moscow;
  • Private collections in Ukraine, Switzerland and Russia.

Permanent Revolution. Ukrainian Art Today

05 April 2018 - 24 June 2018


Show Promise

13 June 2017 - 16 July 2017


«Quo Vadis?» exhibition in Tatariv

02 May 2017 - 20 May 2017


Kyiv Art Fort 2017: art between war and peace

30 April 2017 - 15 May 2017


Rhyme and rhythm. Spring edition

24 April 2017 - 24 April 2017


LOVE.contemporary Exhibition

02 March 2017 - 02 April 2017


First International Zenko Platform Cultural Forum

22 October 2016 - 23 October 2016


The "Spirit of Time" exhibition in the Carpathians

22 October 2016 - 22 November 2016