Russian-German artist, theorist, researcher
Born in 1962 in Kostroma, Russia.
Lives and works in Berlin.
Works in media: painting, object, installation, drawings.
4 Basic brands: white feather, organic yellow lemon pigment, eggshells, figures.
In the early 1990s proclaims a new trend in contemporary art – ORGANIC WAY, connected with the study of the laws of development of animate nature that allowed Kostroma to form his personal approach and his concept of the relationship between aesthetic theory and creative practice in contemporary art. His oeuvre is always rooted in research regarding the process of interaction between nature and man, and he strives to integrate the resulting knowledge into the social environment. The artist always follows several directions of the development of his subject, speaking about internal problems of human existence through the laws of the functioning of nature and perceiving the world as a single entity. “ORGANIC WAY IS A WAY OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNITY OF MEANINGS”.
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (Repin Institute), Department of Painting, in 1989 in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg).
Selected projects: Aktuelle Kunst aus Sankt Petersburg, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (1996); PENGUIN SPIRAL, Ludwig Museum in State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg; ORGANICA, Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne (1999); NA KURORT! Russische Kunst Heute, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2004); FEATHERED AGGRESSION, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA (2008); BRIC. Saatchi Gallery, London; GLANCE AT THE SUN, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2010); UNO, GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2011); ANTICIPATION, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2014); TIME OF PIGGY, 401contemporary, Berlin (2016).
Installation “UNO” was nominated by Kandinsky Prize as the Best Project of a Year 2011 in Moscow.
Public collections: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; State Hermitage, State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg;
State Tretyakov Gallery, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow; Museum of Organic Culture, Kolomna