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Based in Lisbon

Kuril Chto (b. 1989) is a trickster in the world of contemporary art. He uses irony and absurdity as the creative method with which to explore folk art, memes, and everyday life. Focusing on daily routine and DIY practices, the hallmark of his artistic approach lies in his wielding of humor as a means of addressing such big and oft-times painful sociopolitical issues as patriotism or information noise. 

Kuril Chto works with various different media, from drawing and painting to applied arts, digital memes, and urban interventions. Currently, he is focused on mixed media. The intersection of contemporary folk art (memes) and DIY aesthetics (hobby practices) has now become his chief area of interest. Kuril Chto believes that this is the field where the new sincerity is hidden.

group exhibitions 

2021 — “Field Trip”, CO-OP space, exhibition / open studio, Lisbon
2021 — “Asylum: Welcome to Paradise”, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, curators Ivan Naumov and Sasha Gippius
2020 — 3rd Tretyakov Prize Award Ceremony exhibition, CCI Fabrika, Moscow
2020 — “Behind the Clouds Is the Future”, DK Gromov Space, Saint Petersburg, curators Vladimir Logutov and Serafima Kostrova
2019 — Private Exhibition, X-palace, Saint Petersburg, curator Nadine Kona
2019 — “Rooted to the Spot”, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, curator Maxim Ima
2017 — “Brighter Days Are Coming”, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, curators Andrey Zaytsev and Yasha Young (Urban Nation, Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Berlin)
2017 — New collection, DK Gromov Space, Saint Petersburg, curator Olesya Turkina
2016 — Outdoor Festival Rome, Urban Art Festival, Rome, curator Francesco Dobrovich
2016 — “Wunderkammern Goes Beyond”, Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, curator Antonella Di Lullo
2016 — Crossing Borders / Crossing Boundaries, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, curator Rafael Schacter (UK)

awards 

2020 — Tretyakov Prize for the category Curatorial Choice
2018 — Shortlisted nomination for the Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award in the category Best Public Art Project 

residences 

2016 — Art residence, Ferro Dome Space, Rotterdam, the Netherlands 

fairs

2020/2021/2022 — VLADEY auction, Vladey Space, Moscow
2020 — blazar, Museum of Moscow, Moscow
2017/2018/2019 — SAM FAIR, Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg

auctions

2020 — VLADEY pre-auction exhibition, Vladey Space, Moscow
2020/2021/2022 — VLADEY auction, Vladey Space, Moscow
2020/2021 — Art-Fever, an auction by the BORSCH gallery, Moscow

curatorial projects

2020 — VLADEY pre-auction exhibition, Vladey Space, Moscow
2020/2021/2022 — VLADEY auction, Vladey Space, Moscow
2020/2021 — Art-Fever, an auction by the BORSCH gallery, Moscow

education

2018—2019 — Russian folk painting course, School at the Saint Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Saint Petersburg
2017 — Sculptural portrait course, Alexander Spiridonov’s Studio, Saint Petersburg
2010—2013 — Painting Studio of Yelena Serebrennikova, Saint Petersburg
2006—2011 — BA in Law, Saint Petersburg State University