Three Shapes

Allergies

About Sanya Kantarovsky

Sanya Kantarovsky does not like to hear his work discussed neatly in terms of figuration or abstraction; instead, he relates it to the graphic, calligraphic, and historic influences that guide his practice. Kantarovsky produces video installations and sculptures, though he is best known for his paintings; his signature works often have thinly applied, wiped, or scraped layers of paint, and feature narrative scenes populated by isolated, sinewy figures. Frequent themes in these works include indirect social-political commentary and a critical look at the idea of suffering artistic genius; the blank page is also a recurring motif in many works as an allegory of both creative potential and amnesia. Kantarovsky’s early memories of Moscow also figure in his works, perhaps most directly in his lattice-like structures that refer to window grates in his childhood home.

Russian, b. 1982, Moscow, Russia, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Sanya Kantarovsky: Apricot Juice, Studio Voltaire, London
2014
Allergies, Casey Kaplan, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
A Modest Proposal, Hauser & Wirth, New York
2014
Never Look Back When Leaving, Casey Kaplan, New York