The Russian artist Gregory Emvy started on the path of pursuing a career in contemporary art in his very early childhood. His grandfather was also a gifted artist and seeing the boy’s apparent inherited talent and interest for painting, Emvy’s parents sent him to art school.
In 2001 Gregory graduated from Foundation Painting Program Arts School of Nizhny Novgorod at the age of sixteen and in 2004 from Fine Art Program, Arts School of Nizhny Novgorod. At the age of twenty-four he decided to dedicate himself to painting full-time. Gregory Emvy is part of a new wave of artists emerging from Russia, who step away from politics and the past. He represents the new generation of avant-garde.
Gregory Emvy works and lives in London and Moscow. Currently Gregory is established at the center of design and brand identity, as part of his work for Beluga Russia brand and has already received much acclaim for his conceptualized projects which include: the recent Manifesta 10 in St Petersburg (2014), Fair Enough at Venice Biennale (2014) and at The Golden Age of Russian AvantGarde at Manege in Moscow. To date Gregory Emvy has developed two conceptual collections of artworks: The Moment. True Faces and Human Souls. In October 2014, Gregory had his first successful art exhibition, Human Souls, held during the prestigious Frieze Week in London.
His love for thinking outside the box led him to bring to life his latest series, which defies classifications and boundaries by merging painting and sculpture together. Working with an eclectic palette of marble, concrete, copper and wood, Gregory cleverly married abstraction and figuration.
Featuring a wide selection of contrasting textures (rough/smooth, polished/brushed, warm/cold), color associations and a tension between the flexibility of organic motifs and the hardness of geological or industrial sensibility, the pieces achieve a surprising sense of harmony and balance.
Taking his approach and artistic vision one step further, Emvy created a breathtaking furniture design collection by combining apparently incompatible materials, changing transparencies and contrasting shapes. His masterpieces are the spectacular descendants of Surrealism, Constructivism and Arte Povera, being unadorned and peculiar at the same time, making us question what is natural and what is artificial.
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