Nestor Engelke

Nestor Engelke

Nestor Engelke

Painter, architect, woodcarving master, exhibitor and cofounder of North 7 art-group and gallery. He graduated from Repin St.Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Faculty of architecture (2007) and worked there as an educator (2014).

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.

Solo exhibitions

2019 Woodman & Partners Architecture Bureau, or the Paradise Built by Me, Anna Nova gallery, St.Petersburg
2017 Professor Woodman’s Office, Space 0+, St.Petersburg
2014 Country Preservation, North 7 gallery, St.Petersburg

Selected group exhibitions

2019 Life After Life, Manage central exhibition hall, St.Petersburg
2018 Church Pavilion, 7 Independant Fair of Modern Art, Sevcable port, St.Petersburg
2018 SHARPPS-7, North-7 project, Ovcharenko gallery, Moscow
2018 For Days and Days, perfomance and installation of North-7 group, LOBSTERREALISM project, New Museum, St.Petersburg
2017 The Seventh Part of the World, Name Gallery, St.Petersburg
2017 Barents Spektakel festival, project Bar KNIV, Kirkenes, Norway
2016 Art-Prospect festival, St.Petersburg, Russia
2016 Access point festival, St.Petersburg, Russia
2016 Night of museums festival, Museum of the St. Petersburg, Russia         
2015  AH, performance, Name gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2015 13 modern art festival, Traditional Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia
2015 Rhythm – Duck, Art-prospect festival, St.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, St.Petersburg, Russia 
2015 Snarkfashion, North-7 premises, St.Petersburg, Russia
2015 Super Market 2015 Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 It’s my country, granny, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 Nnnnnorth ffffairytales, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 A farewell to arms, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 Rambo. First blood, part 2, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 Where is Petya here, where is Serezha here?, Towers project, Manifesta 10, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 7 samurai, Art-prospect festival, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 Signal-2, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 Signal-1, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014  Theatricalized performance, Night of museums festival, Museum of the St. Petersburg Avant-garde in the Matyushin House, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 North market, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 Basic values, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2013 Animalier art 2014, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2013 Levopisanie,  North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2013 Pornofactura, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
2013 Clumsy work, North-7 gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia

Honours and awards

2018 Present Continuous 2018 Prize, as a part of North-7 art group, V-A-C Foundation in collaboration with M HKA Museum, Antwerp, Belgium