Oleg Tistol


Born in 1960 in the village of Vradiyivka in the Mykolayiv region of Ukraine. He completed his secondary education at the Taras Shevchenko Republican Secondary Art School, then entered the Lviv Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts. While in military service at the Makarov-1 Military Unit (1984–1986), he became acquainted with Konstantin «Vinny» Reunov. In 1988, the painter married fellow artist Marina Skugareva. While at Soviart, the first Soviet-American exhibition, he met Dmitro Kantorov, who invited him to the Moscow Furmannyi Lane squat. In late 1988, Tistol and Reunov, in cooperation with curator Olga Sviblova, launched their first art presentations in Glasgow, Reykjavík, Helsinki, etc. In the mid-1990s he and Mykola Matsenko started developing their Natsprom Programme. From 2002 until 2009, the artist worked with curator Olga Lopukhova.

Since 1993 he has lived and worked in Kyiv.

Tistol took part in the 49th Venice Biennale as well as in the Moscow InterPhoto (1996) and Sao Paulo 22nd (1994) biennales.

Selected exhibitions:

  • «Interpretations of Memories» (2011, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA);
  • «The Mythology of Happiness» (2011, Salon Vert Gallery, London);
  • «The Art Fund» (2009, Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow);
  • «Natsprom», together with Mykola Matsenko (2003, Guelman Gallery, Moscow);
  • «Nine Days» with Marina Skugareva (1992, St. Alban Tal, Basel, Switzerland).

Selected collections:

  • PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv),
  • Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam),
  • Museum of History of Moscow,
  • The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art,
  • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum,
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA),
  • Christoph Merian Stiftung (Basel, Switzerland).