(Russian, b. 1960; Russian, b. 1958)
Lily Balasanova and Sergei Kolevatykh live and work in Moscow. They studied together in the Department of Art and Design at the Moscow Academy of Textiles, where both of them got MFA degrees.
Lily and Sergei have participated in more than 60 solo and group art shows and projects in Russia and abroad. Much of their work has been acquired by private and state buyers, including The Art Foundation and The State Museum Foundation of The Russian Federation, and such prominent corporate collections as Deloitte, John Deere, Hyatt Development, Johnson & Johnson, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Hewlett-Packard and many others. Lily and Sergei's artwork decorate interior and public spaces of such well-known companies as Renova, Sitronics, Praedium, AG Capital, Central Properties and The International Airport Sheremetyevo. Authors of a gallery project STUDIO 30, Lily Balasanova and Sergei Kolevatykh at the present time are working on joint art exhibitions.
"Sergei and Lily developed side by side, and both their careers have undergone an analogous growth. In spite of the fact that Lily and Sergei share many insights, they are still two separate artists with diverse styles. They say that, indeed, through their intimate collaboration they nourish each other’s individuality. It is the combination of their joint foundation and mutual differences that give artists' combined projects so much stratification."
-- Dr. Esther Nienhuis, "Smelik & Stokking Galleries" (The Netherlands)
"Lily Balasanova is an insightful, sophisticated, extraordinary artist with a poetic gift. She plays remarkably with different materials, - doesn’t matter whether it is a textile piece, paper or anything else. She creates unusual textures and compositions using a technique of collage. Sergei Kolevatykh is a wonderful master of composition, mystification, and surrealistic allusions. He performs skillfully drawing and painting, and works in various techniques using materials of different texture and quality, including wood, leather or metal."
-- East Meets West Gallery, (Moscow - Hong Kong), (The Anniversary Catalogue of the gallery)
"Art is not only a way of life, but also a particular way to expand your awareness of a surrounding world – visible and invisible, as well …Actually, the main subject matter of art - is non-obviousness. Everything obvious turns out to be easily exhaustible and becomes boring soon enough. Every image should incite at least several variants of perception – only hence, it would have a chance to linger in a current of time…"
"…The most interesting thing is to undergo changes while you are working on a piece of art. Even if an artist have a masterly enough command of this process, the outcome should still remain unpredictable, to the certain extent…"
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Selected Two and One Person Shows
2014 "Territory Zero", National Museum of Decorative-Applied Arts, Moscow, Russia
2013 "Financial Capitals", Gallery 11-12, Singapore
2012 "There's Nobody Here", Gallery 11-12, The Center of Contemporary Art "Winzavod", Moscow "Cities", Gallery "Vremena", Moscow
2011 "The UNDERNET", The International Art Fair "ART MANEZH 2011", The Central Exhibition Hall Manezh, Moscow, Russia
Selected Group Shows
2014 "Moscow-City"-Artists' Perspective", The Moscow-City Museum, Tower "Federation", Moscow
2014 "Anglomania", Gallery 11-12, The Center of Contemporary Art "Winzavod", Moscow
2014 ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2014, Gallery 11-12, Singapore
2013 International Art Fair "ART MOSCOW 2013", Gallery 11-12, The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
The Art Foundation of Russia
The State Museum Foundation of Russia
Corporate collections: Deloitte, John Deere, Hyatt Development, Johnson & Johnson, Pricewaterhouse Coopers,Hewlett-Packard, Wolfgang Puck, Renova, Sitronics, Praedium, AG Capital, Central Properties, The International Airport Sheremetyevo.