Gregory Maiofis

maiofis_08_0Born in Leningrad, 1986 – 1989 – graduated from the Leningrad Repin Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (The Academy of Arts). Works with digital photography and video, with classical black-and-white photography. Makes photographs and prints them by himself. Have had solo exhibitions in various Moscow and USA galleries. Participated in group exhibitions, including “Art-Moscow”, International Art Fair«Cornice», International Art Fair «ART-ATHINA 2007», among other exhibitions

Pictures for interiors

Gregory Maiofis is one of the most notable Russian artists of the young generation. His works are refined compilations of themes, from endless associative links, as a rule, joined together in a series with an overall name, technique and general compositional principles. A complex, sophisticated technique, which gives the work of art unique features and is more often developed by the artist for each specific project or series. Maiofis’ art relates to the new cycle of Post-Modernism, in which the outstanding individuality of the author-intellectual is not hidden behind an abundance of quotations and ironic references, but is directly displayed in high quality works in very different media.
The project has the unpretentious title of Pictures for interiors, but the viewer will find complex, ironic works, full of subtexts and citations. They are intended as pictures for supposed interiors, which is amusing in itself; however all of these are, of course, the clever and not in the least trivial metaphors of the artist who harmonises the absurdity of the everyday with all the accumulated “thermonuclear” arsenal of Post-Modernism.
Maiofis’ series Pictures for interiors continues his longstanding experiments at the juncture of painting and photography — in this case in its literal meaning: photographs are not only the source of the creation of the image, but are also directly embedded in the very fabric of the paintings’ canvases.

Sergey Popov

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