Sanya Kantarovsky

    Proximity II, 2016

    30 x 22 inches (image 24 x18 inches) 
    Unframed: $1,200
    Framed: $1,750
    Edition of 30


    Sanya Kantarovsky's works across media explore an off-modern matrix of painterly citation and pictorial invention. In Proximity II, a four-color woodcut produced with 10 Grand Press, Kantarovsky continues his project of building narrative from figuration, depicting an isolated, sympathetic subject engaged in an ambiguous activity. A controlled floral pattern in green and black heightens the woodcut technique's manipulation of positive and negative space, pairing a vibrant textile-like plane with a sharper graphic style of illustration. Kantarovky's diverse range of references results in images that are attached to broad histories of painting, literature, and the popular arts but experienced in intimate and humorous episodes.


    Kantarovsky was born in Moscow, Russia in 1982, and lives and works in New York. His video installation Happy Soul was included in the 2016 SculptureCenter exhibition The Eccentrics. Kantarovsky is currently shown with Luhring Augustine, New York. Recent solo exhibitions of Kantarovsky’s work were presented by Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (2018) and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy (2017-2018). Recent group exhibitions include ICA Collection: Entangled in the Everyday, Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston, Boston, MA (2018-19); Give Up the Ghost, 13th Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2018); The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, Jewish Museum, New York (2017); and his curatorial project Sputterances at Metro Pictures, New York. He holds an MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles and has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.