Vasyl Tsagolov


Born in 1957 in Digora, Northern Osetia. He received his education in the Pictorial Art Department at the Kyiv State Art Institute. Tsagolov is one of the leaders of the New Wave movement and a former resident of the Paris Commune arts squat. In the early 2000s he was the first to introduce new media into Ukrainian art, stirring emotions with his performances and provocative videos. He has since returned to painting.

Tsagolov is often compared to the film director Quentin Tarantino for his black humour, colorful characters, and soft spot for ruthlessness. His mystic and ironic series, including «Ukrainian X-Files» (2002) and «Phantoms of Fear» (2003), earned him the reputation of being a «magician» of the post-metaphysical era, where funny tales are actually modern myths woven from a mix of folk traditions and global pop culture.

Selected exhibitions:

  • «Fear Has Big Eyes» (2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv);
  • «Ukrainian New Wave» (2009, National Art Museum, Kyiv);
  • «Thaw» (2008, Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia);
  • «Sots-Art: The Political Art of Russia, 1972 to the Present» (La Maison Rouge Fund of Contemporary Art, Paris);
  • «Ukrainian X-Files» (2002, Guelman Gallery, Moscow).

Selected collections:

  • State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow),
  • PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv), Guelman Gallery (Moscow),
  • Ekaterina Fund (Moscow),
  • also private collections in Ukraine, Russia, USA, and Europe.