Nestor Engelke

Nestor Engelke

Nestor Engelke

Nestor  Engelke


Born 1983 in Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg, Russia). Painter, architect, woodcarving master, exhibitor and cofounder of “North 7” art-group and gallery.

Education / experience


1998-2001 Ioganson St. Petersburg State Academy Art Lyceum

2001-2007 Repin St.Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Faculty of architechture

2014 Repin St.Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architechture, educator of architectural design

The architectural theme which has its own special system of signs, is very significant for the inner world and works of the artist. As an artist of one medium Nestor works with wood as a sculptural volume and poetic image. He sees the wood as a material, as a living organism and important part of human daily life. Wood has become his artistic philosophy. Nestor becomes a machine for the production and search of images. To work with this material, Engelke developed his own technique - wood painting, which consists of using one of the simplest and most ancient tools invented by man - an axe and allows him to “draw” with it as with a brush. With the help of an axe, the artist attempts to free the wood from the flatness and display its unique sacral nature. In addition to wooden objects and installations, he is also engaged in performative practice; capturing his primordial and fading memories of Soviet childhood, artist produces witty pairs of meanings in the static objects and performative images. For Nestor, performance is a process of studying the materials: their resilience and ergonomic features. Completing various projects based on the “North-7”, Engelke gets an artistic alter ego Professor Woodman, head of the architectural bureau, an irresistible experimenter and retro-innovator.


Solo exhibitions


2017 “Professor Woodman’s office”, Space 0+, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Country preservation”, North 7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.


Selected group exhibitions


2018 “Church” pavilion, 7 Independant Fair of Modern Art, Sevcable port, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2018 “SHARPPS-7”, North-7 project, Ovcharenko gallery, Moscow, Russia.

2018 “For Days and Days”, perfomance and installation of North-7 group, «LOBSTERREALISM» project, New Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2017    “The seventh part of the world”, Name Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2017    Barents Spektakel festival, project Bar “KNIV”, Norway.

2016    Art-Prospect festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2016    Access point festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2016    Night of museums festival, Museum of the St. Petersburg          

           Avant-garde in the Matyushin House, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2015    “AH”, performance, Name gallery, Saint-Petersburg,

           Russia.

2015    13 modern art festival, Traditional Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2015    “Rhythm – Duck”, Art-prospect festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2015    “ЯТЛЗЯТП”, Brewhouse gallery, Mytishchi, Russia.

2015    “Snark”, theatricalized performance, Night of

            museums festival, Museum of the St. Petersburg Avant-garde in the Matyushin             House, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2015    “Snarkfashion”, North-7 premises, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2015    Super Market 2015 Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden.

2015    “It’s my country, granny”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Nnnnnorth ffffairytales”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    A farewell to arms”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Rambo. First blood, part 2”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Where is Petya here, where is Serezha here?”, “Towers” project, Manifesta 10, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “7 samurai”, Art-prospect festival, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Signal-2”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Signal-1”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    Theatricalized performance, Night of museums festival,

           Museum of the St. Petersburg Avant-garde in the Matyushin House, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “North market”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2014    “Basic values”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2013    “Animalier art 2014”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2013    “Levopisanie”,  North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2013    “Pornofactura”, “North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

2013    “Clumsy work”, North-7 gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.