The scenic project called “Personification. Hong Kong” was inspired by the artist’s impression from his trip to Hong Kong. The world of contemporary architecture of the Eastern dragon with its skyscrapers were combined by the artist with the ideas of the avant-garde art; the cubic volume of office centers and towers were seen through the prism of Malevich’ squares. Individuality versus seriality, square man and a man in a cube, freedom and totality - these are the questions presented by Platon Petrov in his new project.
Square people/cyborgs/transformers with heads of Kitty, Mao, or Dragon… They are the combination of recognizable promotional advertising and travel images dating back to the dramatic shift in art of the 1960s: from pop art to minimalism. Platon is not afraid to join images of different origin. Such return to the total hi-tech architecture and design in human shape does not seem deliberate. The constructor implies the universality of modular forms. Platon’s leaking rectangles or his cubic men are presented as a thinking form, in a shape of a thinking body. These shapes or the combinations of shapes look quite spiritual.
Art is a dimension where there are a lot of symbols, magic, and ideas. In the works of Platon Petrov the symbol is minimized. It is so minimalistic, so encrypted, that it is sometimes difficult to notice; however, it exists in every of his pictures. The artist gives everyone the opportunity to find their own meaning and to put together the puzzle.
Born 1986 in St. Petersburg, Russia in the family of artists.
In 2005 graduated from the Art School #1, St. Petersburg.
In 2011 received a university degree at the Academy of Arts of Ilya Repin.
In 2013 was admitted to the Union of Artists of Russia and to the New Academy of St. Petersburg.
In 2013 continued his studies at the Institute of Contemporary Art Pro Arte.
2014 was rated by The Art Newspaper of Russia as #8 among the top 110 promising young Russian artists.
His works are owned by the Russian Museum, as well as by private collectors in Russia and abroad.
Solo exhibitions and awards
2009 - solo exhibition "City" at the gallery of modern art "100 FRIENDS", St. Petersburg.
2012 - solo exhibition "A Place for Discussion", ART Cultural space, St. Petersburg.
2013 - won the competition and was an Intern at the Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation in Espoo Finland.
2014 - solo exhibition "PERSONIFICATION", Gallery Navicula Artis, St. Petersburg.
2014 - solo exhibition "The PERSONIFICATION + 1", exhibition hall of the Ligovsky Library, St. Petersburg.
2014 - solo exhibition "Painting", exhibition hall of the Ligovsky Library, St. Petersburg.
2014 - solo exhibition and performance "HUH?" under the arch of The Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
2015 - solo exhibition PERSONIFICATION. CHINA, Gallery Navicula Artis, St. Petersburg.
2015 - solo exhibition PERSONIFICATION, exhibition hall The Dome, Moscow.
2009 - Hope 7, St. Petersburg Union of Artists.
2010 - SKY ART, the Russian Museum.
2012 - II BIENNALE of CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY" at the Russian Museum.
2012 - Hot Cold, at Loft Project ETAGI, St. Petersburg.
2012 - Dish-and-After at Peter and Paul fortress, Museum of History of St. Petersburg.
2012 - The Youth of Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Union of Artists exhibition hall.
2012 - Autumn. St. Petersburg Union of Artists exhibition hall.
2013 - Art Front Light. Artistic Practice. At the central exhibition hall "Manege". St. Petersburg.
2013 - The First OLYMPIC exhibition of the new Academy, the Palace of the Princess Dolgoruky, St. Petersburg.
2013 - NEW GROUNDS: from Concepts to Minimalism, COOLPROJECT Gallery, Moscow.
2013 – PENETRATION, residence-museum of Brodsky, St. Petersburg.
2013 - GOLGI COMPLEX, the Loft Project ETAGI, Formula Gallery, St. Petersburg.
2014 - Painting extensions, the Museum of Moscow.
2014 - COLLAGUES". Exhibition hall of the MOD club in St. Petersburg.
2014 - My Friends are Artists, Co-existence Art gallery in St. Petersburg.
2014 - Signal in 2014. St. Petersburg.
2014 - SIGNAL is the ART of the PRESENT". St. Petersburg.
2014 - FASHION AND IMPERMANENCE (Mobile home fashion), New Academy of Fine Arts, Saint-Petersburg.
2014 - Contemporary Artists in Support of the Center "Anton is close to here". The new Museum of Contemporary Art. Saint-Petersburg.
2015 - Spring by Weight, the New Academy of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg.
2015 - The Fate of the Summer, the New Academy of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg.
2015 - Rebate of 15% when Purchasing the Complete Set, Bogorodskoe Gallery, Moscow.
2015 – Coloring, Smirnov and Sorokin Fund, Moscow.
2016 – The New Old, the New Academy of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg.