At the Venice Biennale, Balancing Hope with National Interests
Artem Volokytin gained attention in the late 2000s for his paintings that combine the human figure with a heightened awareness of paint as a material. In his figurative work, Volokytin paints human subjects against blank backgrounds, severing any signifying context while foregrounding psychological content. In response to the turmoil and profusion of violence in his home country of Ukraine in recent years, Volokytin started to paint images of violent explosions, marking a shift in the subject matter of his paintings. A prominent figure in the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Volokytin was also the first artist to receive the PinchukArtCentre Prize, an award for early-career Ukrainian artists.
Ukrainian, b. 1981, Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, based in Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine