ALEXANDER NIKOLENKO

Since the beginning of his artistic career, from exhibitions in independent art squats in St. Petersburg, 1988, the Russian-European artist Alexander Nikolenko (b.1966, Liepaja, Latvia) devoted it to the study of the phenomenon of communication and fundamental change of perception and consciousness, faced with the world of digital media and the Internet. The graphic and pictorial works adheres to minimalism, utilizing cubofuturism traditions, Russian iconography and avant-garde.
Art director of the VMRM (Virtual World of Russian Museum) project, sensational in the early 2000s in Europe and Asia, dedicated to Virtual Reality reshaping traditional museum space. Independent separate work of art is made using the technology of Virtual Reality and 3D – “Enter the Picture“. In further creative quest he is back to studying of traditional artistic expression methods and humanity’s ancient anthropological legacy, introducing the FUTURUM project to the European public in 2014-15.
Artistic motifs used by Alexander Nikolenko in the series of 1989-2018 artworks and exhibitions represent the author’s mapping of the semanto-symbolic code, reflecting the structure of human archetypical subconsciousness, affected by modern technological revolution. As an established master with over 25 years of experience, Alexander Nikolenko practices a project approach both to art collections and to each new art object – from initial inspiration to frames, designed exclusively by the author. This approach allows to create authentic art, appreciated
by people who aspire to surround themselves with objects of unique quality and value.
Artworks are represented in museums, galleries and private collections in Russia, Holland, Italy, Finland, Norway, France, Latvia, Spain, UK, Germany, Peru and USA.
Official member of St. Petersburg Creative Union of Artists, Russian Creative Union of Artists of Arts and Crafts. With more than 15 group and 10 solo exhibitions for last 5 years, he conducts active exhibition activity in Russia and around the world. Currently working in St. Petersburg, Russia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Man of the XXI century lives in the hyper information age. To endure the inevitable information overload, Alexander Nikolenko’s artworks encourage the meditative immersion into the rhythm of primary archetypes. As an established master with over 25 years of experience, Alexander practices a project approach both to a series of artworks and to each new canvas separately, allowing to create thoughtful art, appreciated by successful, constantly searching and active people, who aspire to surround themselves with objects of unique quality and value, cleared of everyday life vanity.
The overall narrative is completed with artworks that address the profound archetypes of mass consciousness and form a subtle feeling of existence and constitute an authentic reconstruction of the foundations of the futuristic communication. A bold search for the most qualitative and authentic way of creative expression allowed him to make a fascinating journey from the grandiose Virtual Reality projects to the aesthetic and philosophical depth of the fine art.
Since 1989, Nikolenko’s unique graphical style is well known among Saint Petersburg artists, designers, and art collectors community. For over a 20 years author develops his signature style, utilizing «Écriture automatique» («Automatic writing») method and ornamentalistic motives in his work. To ensure the excellence of such a majestic material as gold, Nikolenko developed the exclusive gold plating technique. This is one of discoveries allowing his artworks to live up to the name of creative, evolving, and intellectual brand.
One of the fist artists and designers who used digital graphics in Russia, Alexander Nikolenko, during many years of practice, came to believe that the technique of traditional “analog” painting and graphics is irreplaceable and unsurpassed, compared with digital simulation.

Professional data

1989 – started artistic career
1996- Illustrator and Author of «The World of Internet» magazine
1997- Writer and creator of Comic Lex published in six issues at «The World of Internet» magazine
1999- Head of the Advanced Electronic Technology Dpt. The Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia
2000- Creator and ideologist of the project «Virtual World» for the Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia
2007- Deputy Director of Development and IT, State Museum «Pavlovsk», Saint Petersburg, Russia
2010- Member of the Creative Union of Artists of St. Petersburg
2017 – Member of the «Treasures for the future» Art Association
2018 – Member of the Artists Association of Decorative Arts, Russia

Periodicals and bibliography

Education

1989 MD in Medical studies in LSGMI, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1990 MD, researcher, Human Brain Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1995 Postgradute education (The Medical Academy of the postgraduate education) in Medical Psychology, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Selected Bibliography

Print Media

Morten Fredheim Solberg, FUTURUM review, Sandefjord Blad, Sandefjord, Norway, 20th of June 2015

Aurelia Tall, Art Critic, «ГРАNИ», review, Saint Petersburg, November 2013,

Radio/Television

Interview, LTV Latvian TV –Riga, Latvia, April 11, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9-gqpm8nmA&feature=youtu.be

Interview «Alexander Nikolenko’s -Art of the Future», Tatiana Kovalenko, «1» Latvia TV-, Riga. Latvia, April 10, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwjhNFYn8po&feature=youtu.be

Interview, «U-turn», Oleg Peka, Radio Latvia, MixTV, April 7, 2015, http://nikolenco.ru/futurum-v-rige-intervyu-latviyskomu-radio-mix-tv/

 Online Periodicals

Vadim Mikhailov, «Beyond the Brink», Saint Petersburg News Online, November  2014, http://spbvedomosti.ru/news/culture/za_granyu_gran/

Art Tube Alexander Nikolenko’s FUTURUM exhibition, January 2015, http://www.arttube.ru/index.php/place/view/12279_2015-01-30-Sankt-Peterbyrg-Vistavka/

Progallery.org, Alexander Nikolenko: «ГРАNИ». Novembr 2014 2.11.2014, http://www.progallery.org/exhibitions/exhibition-past/exhibition/1383_graNi.html

Kudago.com, FUTURUM exhibition project, 07.01.2015, http://kudago.com/spb/event/vystavochnyj-proekt-futurum-v-galeree-artmuza/

Focus.lv, Alexander Nikolenko’s FUTURUM exhibition opening, 07.03.2015, http://ru.focus.lv/kultura/maksla/otkrytie-vystavki-peterburgskogo-hudozhnika-aleksandra-nikolenko-futurum

ArtTube. Group Therapy session, November 2018, https://moscow.arttube.ru/event/seans-gruppovoj-terapii/

Danilovsky Vestnik, “Poligraficheskiy Tsekh” invites to “Group therapy”, November 2018, http://gazeta-danilovsky-vestnik.ru/2018/11/27/47462/

1 national “Golden Age exhibition and positive future forecasting”, November 2018, https://1national.ru/news_smi.php?rubric=view&name=vystavka_zolotoj_vek_i_pozitivnoe_prognozirovanie_buduschego134905

Saint-Petersburg Journalist Union, “Golden Age” Exhibition, October 2018,http://spbsj.ru/anonsy/vystavka-zolotoi-viek

Channel One Russia (from 2:27), October 2018, http://www.1tvspb.ru/event/Obzor_kul_turnih_sobitij_Peterburga_29/

Alexander Nikolenko interview by the head of the excursion bureau of the State Russian Museum, professor at the State Institute of Culture and Arts, Valery Akhunov
Alexander Nikolenko at Festival of Abstraction Arts International 2021

Teachings and related experience

Teaching or related experience

1996     Illustrator and Author of «The World of Internet» magazine

1997     Writer and creator of Comic Lex published in six issues of «The World of Internet» magazine

1999     Head of the Advanced Electronic Technology Dpt. The Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia

2000     Creator and ideologist of the project «Virtual World» for the Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia

2001     Creator and ideologist of the project «Virtual branch of the Russian Museum» for the Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia

2007     Deputy Director of Development and IT, State Museum-Reserve Pavlov’s, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Lectures and workshops

2015     Public lecture «XXI Century art:  challenges, possibilities and perspectives», Art Place, LOFT, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Mai 2015

2014     Workshop, Art Musa, Saint Petersburg, Russia, November 2014