Valery Katsuba

Valery Katsuba

Valery Katsuba

Valery Katsuba currently lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia and Madrid, Spain

 

Autobiography

"I was born in the village of Sergeyevichi in the end of 1960s. At that time the village was in the Soviet Union — now it is in the Republic of Belarus. Space flight was already under way, and my father liked it when my mother put on high-heeled shoes and styled her hair into a «babetta» for village festivals. My father and elder brother taught me how to work, while my mother and younger brother indulged my penchant for the arts and sciences. At school I was friendly with the history teachers Galina Drozd and Natalia Demidova. On dark winter evenings Galina would often tell me about her sailor nephew’s voyages around the world. When I left school at 16, I went to study at the Admiral Makarov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). I graduated from the Academy with distinction, thanks to Professor Vladlen Adamenko, but I did not spend much time at sea. I met the writers Sergey Kalinin and Catherine Phillips, and began to write myself, with encouragement from the artist Bella Matveyeva. Just before the year 2000 I became interested in old photography. My new friends, the wonderful stylist Katharina Flohr and the well-respected photographer Neil Kirk, realised the seriousness of my intentions and said «You should take pictures yourself!». I started doing just that. And my first experiments were supported by Olga Sviblova at the Moscow House of Photography and Carine Roitfeld".

Selected exhibitions

2017  Tradición Académica: San Petersburgo — Madrid, Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
2017 Air Flihgt as part of Month of Photography in Minsk, Grodno, Belarus
2016 Every Passion is Blind and Wild, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2016 Eight Stories, Gallery Y, Minsk, Belarus
2016 100 Years On, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2015 Far Away From Home (selected), The Saint Petersburg Academy of Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014  100 Years On, MANIFESTA 10 European Biennal of Contemporary Art’ parallel event, St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, Scientific-research Museum of The Russian Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014 Phiscultura, Holden gallery, Manchester, UK
2013 Phiscultura, Sir J. Soane Country House, Pitzhager gallery, London, UK
2013 Velocius, Altius, Fortius, ArtMost Gallery, London, UK
2013 In Memory of Vladik Mamyshev-Monroe, State Rusian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2012 Air Flight. Body Shock, Sputnik Gallery, New York, USA
2012 ArtIsArtIsArt, Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2011 Nijinsky and the Diamonds, Anna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2011 Albatross, National History Museum, Moscow, Russia
2011 Air Flight. Body Shock, Polka Gallery, Paris, France
2011 Nijinsky and the Diamonds, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
2011 Versus, Sputnik Gallery, New York, USA
2010 Air Flight. Body Shock, GMG Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2010 Sport, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009 Art About Art, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 Metamorphoses of the Monarch, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 Phiscultura, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
2006 Metamorphoses of the Monarch, Kremlin Museum, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
2005 Seasons. My friends I Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2005 Metamorphoses of the Monarch, Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2001 Every Passion is Blind, XL Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2000 Christmas Skating, St. Petersburg, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Art fairs & Festivals

2013 Art Palm Beach, Miami
2012 AHAF International Art Fair, Anna Nova Gallery, Hong Kong
2011 VI Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2011 Korea International Art Fair, Anna Nova Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2009 Moscow International Photo Biennale, Na Solyanke Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2007 Art Moscow, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2007 Moscow International Photo Biennale, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2005 Moscow International Photo Biennale, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2002 Moscow International Photo Biennale, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2000 Moscow International Photo Biennale, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

Museum collections

Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Contemporary Art Museum "2 de Mayo", Madrid, Spain
Korea Print Photography Promocion Association, Seoul, Korea
Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
French National Association of Contemporary Art, Paris, France
Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, St.Petersburg, Russia
New Academy of Fine Arts, St.Petersburg, Russia

Awards

2006 The First Prize of National Olympic Committee of Russia for the best photo project on sport

Books

2017 La Tradicion Academica: San Petersburgo — Madrid, published by St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts
2017 Air Flight, Prolab, Moscow, Russia
2013 Velocius, Altius, Fortius, ArtMost Fondation, UK
2007 Phiscultura, Turner Publishing, Spain