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b. 1982, Russia

Sanya Kantarovsky Biography

Sanya Kantarovsky works across mediums, including sculpture, animation and curation, with painting remaining at the center of his practice. Teeming with wry humor and unearthly narratives, Kantarovsky's paintings propose scenarios of turmoil and investigate liminal spaces, physical proximities, affect, and cruelty. His sometimes delicate and often repulsive subjects grapple with the confines of their bodies, interacting with one another in a painterly satire of status anxiety and existential crises. Willfully engaging the historical canon of painting and literature, Kantarovsky perverts tropes and archetypes with elements gleaned from more populist forms of visual culture such as cartoons, illustration, film and advertising. Kantarovsky's paintings a reassembled through fits and starts, with layered abrasions and dispersions of material, resulting in surfaces that engender a productive delay in looking and seeing.

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Kantarovsky has recently had solo shows at Kunsthalle Basel and Fondazione Sandretto ReRebaudengo, Turin. His work is currently being shown in the 2nd Garage Triennale of Russian Contemporary Art, taking place at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow in 2020. Other group shows include Radical Figures, Whitechapel Gallery, London; GIVE UP THE GHOST, Baltic Triennial 13, Vilnius; The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, Jewish Museum, New York; The Eccentrics, Sculpture Center, New York. Kantarovsky's works are held in many collections around the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Text courtesy Capitain Petzel.

Sanya Kantarovsky Featured Artworks

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Uramado by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyUramado, 2020Oil on linen
140 x 101.5 cm
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Capitain Petzel
Rites in Pumps by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyRites in Pumps, 2020Watercolour and ink on Arches paper
28.6 x 37.5 cm
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Capitain Petzel
Theater by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyTheater, 2020Watercolour and ink on Arches paper
28.6 x 37.5 cm
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Capitain Petzel
Woe to Wit by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyWoe to Wit, 2019Woodblock print on washi paper
47 x 33 cm
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Good Host by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyGood Host, 2019Woodblock print on washi paper
47 x 33 cm
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Curtain by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyCurtain, 2019Woodblock print on washi paper
40 x 29.5 cm
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Cataract by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyCataract, 2019Woodblock print on washi paper
40.5 x 32 cm
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Woe to Wit by Sanya Kantarovsky contemporary artwork
Sanya KantarovskyWoe to Wit, 2019Woodblock print on washi paper
47 x 33 cm
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Sanya Kantarovsky Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Infinite Games at Capitain Petzel, Berlin
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21 November 2020–30 January 2021 Group Exhibition Infinite Games Capitain PetzelBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York
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1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth548 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Sanya Kantarovsky, Frozen Dress (Part Three) at Capitain Petzel, Berlin
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10 September–7 November 2020 Sanya Kantarovsky Frozen Dress (Part Three) Capitain PetzelBerlin

Sanya Kantarovsky Represented By

Taka Ishii Gallery contemporary art gallery in Complex665, Tokyo, Japan Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo, Hong Kong

Sanya Kantarovsky In Ocula Magazine

Gallery Weekend Berlin: Shows to See Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Berlin: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

First launched in 2012, Gallery Weekend Berlin returns this year between 11 and 13 September 2020.

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Sanya Kantarovsky In Related Press

SANYA KANTAROVSKY with Jason Rosenfeld Related Press SANYA KANTAROVSKY with Jason Rosenfeld 14 June 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

Sanya Kantarovsky's new exhibition of paintings at Luhring Augustine is titled On Them. It is his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Jason Rosenfeld (Rail): Much of the work that you've done in the past has been multimedia, involving different kinds of installations and modes of hanging works and playing with the visibility above and...

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