Contemporary Russian Art


Leonid Borisov was born in Leningrad in 1943. In 1959, he visited an exhibition of contemporary American art in Sokolniky, Moscow, where he first became acquianted with abstract art. In 1968, he graduated from the Leningrad Electro-Technical Communications Institute. In 1971, he met non-conformist artists Alexander Leonov, Dmitry Plavinsky, Sergey Bordachev and Vyacheslav Kalinin. In 1975, he participated in the exhibition “Painting. Sculpture and Graphics” in the Nevsky House of Culture in Leningrad. With other non-conformist artists, he protested against the ban on public display of abstract art by participating in an outdoor exhibition by the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in Leningrad in 1976. In 1987, Borisov became member of the Fellowship for Experimental Visual Arts. In 1991, he joined the Association of Russian Artists in Paris, France. He is member of the Russian Creative Union of Artists since 1996.

Leonid’s works are found in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia; the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; All-Russian Pushkin Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Russian Culture Foundation in Moscow, Russia; Free Culture Humanities Foundation; Savitsky Fine Arts Gallery in Penza, Russia; Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, Russia; the Dresden Gallery in Germany; The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at the Rutgers University in USA; Bar-Gera Collection in Cologne, Germany; and in other collections around the world.

Selected solo exhibitions:
1978 – The Krupskaya House of Culture, Leningrad
1994 – Cubism, Gallery-21, St. Petersburg
1995 – Geometry, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
1998 – Lessons of Geometry, Rosizo Gallery, Moscow
1999 – Homage to Malevich, Center for Contemporary Arts, St. Petersburg
2001 – Dada Deformations, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
2001 – Black Nights, Tochka Gallery, St. Petersburg
2005 – Paintings, Objects, Sculptures. Central House of Artists, Moscow
2005 – Italy. Switzerland. Photos. Kino-Fot Gallery, St. Petersburg
2005 – Concrete Art, Kino Gallery, Moscow
2006 – People of Malevich, Borey Gallery, St. Petersburg
2007 – I live, I see, Tyumen Region Fine Arts Museum and Tobolsk State Historical-Archival Museum, Russia
2007 – Game, Atelier #2 Gallery, Moscow

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