Nicholas Chistiakov (born 3 November 1981) is a contemporary artist noted for photo-based and deconstructivist paintings.
Nicholas is the only son of Irina and Alexander Chistiakov, a Minsk middle class family. A Great-grandfather of the artist - Alexander Staszewski served as Minister of Justice of Belorussian Soviet Republic in the Joseph Stalin post-revolutionary era. He was accused of espionage for Poland and then arrested and executed in 1937. Alexander was one of the developers of the first Soviet Personal Computer. At age of nine, Nicholas Chistiakov entered the Minsk Art Lyceum. Since 2000 to 2004 Chistiakov attended the Belarusian State Academy of Arts.
In 2003, Nicholas Chistiakov’s father won the Green Card, which gave a chance to immigrate to the United States and the whole family moved to New York. The first years of life in New York were very difficult, but Chistiakov was able to see a huge variety of greatest artworks in New York Museums. These experiences undoubtedly affected his new works which were mostly impressionistic. In 2004, Chistiakov had some time to work as a designer in a sign company, that later reflected in his creative work. Pure impressionism that had characterized the early work of Chistiakov was replaced by cold photorealism, dominated by the harsh rhythms.
In 2005 Chistiakov met his girlfriend in Germany, where they take every opportunity to find motives for new works. The artist started to use photography extensively. He made hundreds of pictures, one of them was photo of a girl in a museum and this image started the new cycle of paintings.
By 2007, Nicholas Chistiakov produced enough pieces for his first personal exhibition – “Time and Measures”, which took place in a New York gallery Behr-Thyssen ltd. Only one painting sold during the exhibition, but later on all remaining art was sold. After the exhibition, the stress accumulated during the last years of his life makes itself known. He was forced to spend some time in a psychiatric hospital. This period of Chistiakov’s life gave a new start for his artistic creativity. Nicholas Chistiakov created a cycle of figurative paintings resounding to art of Francis Bacon and later developed his own style which he described as deconstructivism.
The artist's works radiate perverse sexuality, explore the criteria of morality in the modern world, existential purposelessness of life and death, sometimes cynical satire exposing the crisis of modernity. In his art, the artist is searching for a visual complexity of the compositional effects, symbols, the aesthetics of sensation and shock and an exquisite color harmonies.
Nicholas Chistiakov most significant works include: Midday Suicide (2009), The Red Room (2009), Presence (2009), the Last Judgment (2007-2010), Portrait of Charles Saatchi (2013). Adolf (2013), Black Pope (2013), Aunt (2013), Study for Napoleon in Egypt (2013)
The artist's works have been exhibited at the number of international exhibitions. The artist's works held in private collections in New York (USA), Moscow (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Stockholm (Sweden), United Kingdom, Istanbul (Turkey).
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