Интернет-журнал "Новости искусства в Санкт-Петербурге"

Gavrilchik Vladlen

1929 - Born in Termez, USSR.
1955 - Settled in Leningrad, USSR.

Vladlen is a self-educated artist. Before becoming a painter at the age of 30 he had undertaken many professions. He is known as a poet as well. Since 1974 he has participated in numerous art exhibitions.
He is the winner of the cross-country race named after Comrade Beriya, a sea frontier guard, a skipper, a conductor, a watchman, operator at a boiler-room, a pensioner, an artist, an exhibitor at the State Russian Museum, the poet, which poems we do learn by heart. Gavrilchik is interesting simply as Gavrilchik, a man who is concerned neither with the role functions, nor with the duties of behaving strategy. He is natural. A natural person. He is the same in painting. He seems to be a Primitivist, a Naive artist, and an artist of the Seventh Day. He could be regarded as a Primitivist only in the sense of his formation as an artist: he didn’t get a higher education and developed on his own. One can call him a Naive artist - when speaking of his personal fundamental unselfishness. He can be fairly considered an artist of the Seventh Day - most of his time he was occupied with the boiler-room and with the sort of the things. Summing up, we should rather call Gavrilchik an official artist: for the subject of this side of life interested him a lot - myths of the establishment and prose of the Soviet life marked with the presence of the official. That’s what kind of man he is - without disguise, without any diplomacy.


The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Far East Arts Museum, Khabarovsk, Russia


1992 St. Petersburg Administration of North-West Region Border Guards, St. Petersburg, Russia
1992 Pushkin & Gogol Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
1995 Evening on the Roadstead, Silver Age Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
1997 ElbArt’97, Hamburg, Germany
1999 A&F, Moscow, Russia
1999 Center of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
2000 Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia


1971 V. Ovchinnikov’s studio, Leningrad, USSR
1974 K. Kuzminsky’s flat, Leningrad,USSR
1974 Gaza Palace of Culture, Leningrad, USSR
1975 Nevsky Palace of Culture, Leningrad, USSR
1976 Ordzhonikidze Palace of Culture, Leningrad, USSR
1979 LDKhS, Leningrad, USSR
1980-85 annual exhibitions at Palace of Youth, Leningrad, USSR
1989 From Unofficial Art to Perestroika, Gavan, Leningrad, USSR
1989CONCEPT - 1, Leningrad State University, USSR
1990 Chagallin perilliset (The heirs of Chagall), Rettigin paltsi, Turku, Finland
1994-96 Self-identification, Kiel, Berlin, Oslo, Sopot, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen
1995 Quiet Fish Exhibition Named after Tatlin, Nevskaya Kurtina Exhibition Hall,
St. Petersburg, Russia
1996 Seventeen Years Later, “S.P.A.S.” Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
1997 Elb-Art, Hamburg, Germany
1999 Art Festival, „Art Collegium“ Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2002 “Personalities” - exhibition of “S.P.A.S.” Gallery in Geelvinck Hinlopen Huise Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2003 exhibition organized by “S.P.A.S.” Gallery, the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Vladlen Gavrilchik participated in more than 150 art exhibitions in Russia and abroad.


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