Contemporary Russian Art

YURY KOSSAGOVSKY

Yury was born in the town of Syzran on the Volga river in 1941. He lived in China with his parents in 1949-1954. In 1960, he moved to Moscow and graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute in 1966. Besides painting, Yury has distinguished himself in the areas of music, literature and film production.

In 1972, he developed an approach to painting based on the use of round-shaped forms which he dubbed rondism. The same year some of his paintings were purchased by a major Western collector of Russian avant-garde art, George Costakis (1913-1990).

Yury joined the USRR Union of Artists in 1977 and the International Federation of Artists in 1991. He was made honorary member of the Serge Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Paris, France, in 1991.

Yury's personal exhibits include those at the International Contemporary Art Fair in Strasbourg in France in 1991, in the Central House of Artist in Moscow in 1997, the Helman Gallery in Warsaw in Poland in 1997, the Central House of Architect in 1999, the Rolan Bykov International Foundation in 2001, the Russian Gallery in Tallinn in Estonia in 2007.

Among Yury's most notable group exhibits are Retrospective of Moscow Artists. 1957-1987 in Moscow in 1987, an exhibit in the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Tampere in Finland in 1989, Other Art. Moscow in 1956-76 in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg in 1991.

Yury's works are found in the George Costakis Collection in Greece, the Other Art Museum in Moscow, as well as in private collections in Russia, USA, Austria, Germany, France, Japan and other countries.


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