Russian, b. 1962, Salsk, Russia.

Valery Koshlyakov was born in 1962 in the Southern Region of Russia (Salsk, Rostov) where he was trained as a stage decorator in theaters and was active in the underground art scenes in Rostov and then in Moscow as of 1989. Considered one of the major contemporary Russian artists, Koshlyakov is primarily known for painting on large scale cardboard that is suspended from the ceiling.

From the late 1980s he became well-known for his cityscapes, architectural fantasies and hastily executed spray-painted portraits. He depicts monuments and places within Europe, transforming them into symbols of cultural heritage and politics. His use of cardboard can be read in the context of European artists in the 1960s who sought to work with found objects and to redefine painting.

Koshlyakov also engages a Russian tradition of using such materials. He represented Russia at the 50th Venice Biennale and at the 25th Biennale in Sao Paolo in 2002. His work has been exhibited and are in the collections of major museums of the world: Louvre, State Russian Museum, Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Art Kennedy Center in Washington and many others. In the 2016 an exhibition of works by Valery Koshlyakov Elisions was hosted in the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow.
He is the permanent participant of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and he regularly shows his work at galleries and museums in Europe, in the United States and Asia.

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    Valery Koshlyakov. We have never stopped building utopia, Cà Foscari, Venice


    Elision, Moscow Museum Of Russian Impressionism, Moscow


    20 m , Tower for the city of Perm, Perm, Russia

    Visage et portrait , Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneve

    Valery Koshlyakov, Homeless Paradise , Gam, Turin



    Atlantis , M&J Guelman Gallery, Moscow



    Counterpoint , Contemporary Russian Art, Musée du Louvre, Paris

    Unreachable, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm

    Artistes russes, Un art superlative. Abbaye Saint André , CAC, Maymac, France

    Futurologia. Russian utopias, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow



    Against Exclusion , The Third Moscow Biennale, GARAGE, Moscow

    Groupe Art or Death , State Moscow museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

    Russian Povera , Perm museum, Red October factory, Moscow

    Ingres et les modernes , Musee Ingres, Montauban, France

    Golden Age, Gesellschaft der Freunde junger Kunst e.V. – GFJK, 21 Russia, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev

    Unreachetable , Guelman galerie at Winzawod, Moscow

    Towers , Fondazione VOLUME!, Rome



    Valery Koshlyakov, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genf

    Sarcophagus , Museum of Lenin, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

    Valery Koshlyakov , Nomas Foundation, Rome



    The Golden Age , Kunstverein, Baden-Baden, Germany

    Kunstverein , Oberhausen, Germany

    La citta che sale. We try to build the future , ARCOS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Benevento, Italy

    Drawings of “accomplishments” , Weaving mill “Manufactory”, Ivanovo, Russia



    The Golden Age , Ludwig Museum und Kunstverein, Oberhausen, Germany

    The Golden Age , Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

    Valery Koshlyakov , Ludwig Galerie - Schloss Oberhausen, Oberhausen



    Reliquiae. Made in USSR , The Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow

    Iconuses. Dressing the Space , The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg



    Davis Museum, Boston

    Paysage, lieu de vie, Galerie Orel Art, Paris

    Valery Koshlyakov , MACRO, Rome

    Empire of Culture, Galerie Orel Art, Paris



    Walter Bischoff Galerie, Berlin

    Galerie Orel Art, Paris



    V.K , Bischoff Gallery, Berlin

    V.K , elten&elten, Zűrich



    Choice of Scale , Shusev Architectural Museum, Moscow



    From the South through the North to the East , Ivanovo Fine Arts Museum Cottage,

    Installation Guelman Gallery, Moscow

    Freezing pole, Russian Art of the 90ies , Ecole des Beaux-arts, Paris



    Sketch Book , M. Polsky Gallery, Chicago



    Permanent residence , Russian Cultural Center, Geneve

    Heroic Cities , M. Polsky Gallery, Chicago

    Temple of Art , Guelman Gallery, Moscow



    V. Koshlyakov , Galerie Schulz, Berlin



    Fonte Latino , Bischoff Gallery, Stuttgart



    Parthenon , Trechprudnyj Gallery, Moscow



    Night in Venice , Guelman Gallery, Moscow

    Under Italian Sky , Sakala palace, Tallinn


  • Selected Group Exhibitions


    Kollektsia: Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia , Centre Pompidou, Paris

    Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Artworks from Russian and Foreign Collections - The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow



    Attitudine alle Confluenze, Galleria Nina Due, Milan

    Passaggi, Fondazione VOLUME!, Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, St Etienne Russian Art: Then and Now, Ober Gallery, Kent



    Personal choice: Collectors, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow Reconstruction 2, Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow



    Russia XXI: contemporary russian sculpture, National Centre for contemporary arts, Moscow Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the soviet union, Saatchi Gallery, London



    Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union , Saatchi Gallery, London



    La Patrie, PERMM Contemporary Art Museum, Russia



    Contrpoint, l`art contemporain russe , Musèe du Louvre, Paris

    50 Internationale Künstler, Museum Villa Haiss, Zell, Austria

    Die perfekte Ausstellung , Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany

    Русские художники, Centre d`art contemporain, Meymac, France Russian Utopias, GCCC, Moscow, Russia



    ARTISTS OF THE GALLERY – A SPECIAL SELECTION , Galerie Krinzinger Wien, Vienna21

    RUSSIA. Group exhibition of the contemporary Russian artists , PinchukArtCentre, Kiev Ètude to Art Object, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow



    Moscow – New York / Thaw, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

    Russian Povera, River Station Hall, Perm

    SMALL, Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow

    Der Traum vom Süden , Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna 2007

    Sots Art – Political Art in Russia from 1972 to today , La Maison Rouge, Paris Space invaders, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana



    RUSSIA!, The Guggenheim Museum, New York

    Russia 2. Special project in the framework of the 1 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary

    Art , Central House of Artist, Moscow

    Urbane Realitäten - Fokus Istanbul , Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin




    Dorf in die Metropole , Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

    HA KYPOPT! , Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden



    Marat Gelmans Gift , The State Russian Museum - Marble Palace, Saint Pétersbourg

    Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000 , Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin



    Davaj! From the Free Laboratory of Russian Art , Germany – Vienna, Austria

    Contemporary Russian Painting , Small Manege, Moscow

    Bienal de Sao Paulo , Iconographias Metropolitanas, Sao Paulo

    Cetinsky Bienale , Cetine, Montenegro

    IX. Rohkunstbau , Schloя Groя Leuthen/Spreewald, Land Brandenburg



    Moscow: Paradise 2001 , Galerie Krinzinger, Salzburg/Vienna/Wels, Austria



    South Russian Wave , State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg



    New Russian Art , Ch. Keesee Collection. City Art Center, Oklahoma City



    Actors come to town , Dutch-Russian Exchange Project, Moscow

    A Mosca... a Mosca... , Galleria Communale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna