Vitaly Pushnitsky (b. 1967)
Russian artist. Born in 1967 in Leningrad, USSR. After graduating from the Leningrad Secondary Art School, he studied at the Graphics Department of St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1988–1994). He specialized in book graphics. Today, Pushnitsky is actively experimenting with new techniques and materials, creating installations and multimedia objects in addition to painting. Whatever technique he works in, in his works classical pictorial languages are combined with contemporary art strategies. Through his work he probes space, time, and the history of art and civilizations. With the enormous variability of the images and plots used, Pushnitsky invariably distinguishes a particular melancholic contemplative mood. He currently lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Pushnitsky is one of the leading contemporary artists, which confirmed by his presence in the list of the most influential artists, compiled by Phaidon in 2011. The artist had solo shows at the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, etc.