Lives and works at denmark
Sergei Sviatchenko has been living and working in Denmark since 1990. Sviatchenko’s work has been exhibited in Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, UK and USA. After an architectural education in Ukraine, his early output was based on collage, which remains central to his thinking and practice. Later, he turned to abstract painting. He has created large-scale paintings and collage photomurals for companies and institutions. In 2002, he founded Senko Studio, a non-profit exhibition space in Viborg, Denmark, where for seven years he curated shows by emerging artists and photographers. In 2009, he founded the website Close Up and Private, a photography project dedicated to the visual language of classic style in clothing. In our world of sensory overload, Sergei Sviatchenko stands out as an artist with unique vision. This vision is also documented in the monograph SERGEI SVIATCHENKO: COLLAGES Edited by Rick Poynor, published by schlebruegge.editor, Vienna, illustrated with 165 images selected to bring out salient themes in Sviatchenko’s continuing development as one of the most rigorous and provocative collage artists working today. http://www.schlebruegge.com/de/content/sergei-sviatchenko-collages www.sviatchenko.dk www.closeupandprivate.com
My works explore everyday objects with the use of photography and collage elements, which are turned into scarp contoured, sculptural expressions. The precise and clean cut composition of colour and shape suggests, in a poetic, consistent language, that the fragmentation of contemporary, nomadic, globalised life does not drain it of meaning. The works show the process of navigating through the rapid flow of visual impressions that the contemporary consumer is constantly confronted with.