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Sanya Kantarovsky
Baba, 2019
Oil and watercolor on canvas
85 x 65 inches
(215.9 x 165.1 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky is known for his work across a variety of mediums, as well as his texts and curatorial projects. His multifaceted approach often results in artworks that seem forced to reckon with their own embarrassment. The dark humor consistent in Kantarovsky’s work pits the sumptuous against the abject and thrusts private space – be it physical or psychological – into public view. Kantarovsky’s most well known body of work, his figurative paintings, contains drastic shifts in scale, paint application and stylization. Evoking the feeling of an uneasy inner monologue, figures are gawked at, exposed, poked, or spooned medicine. They interact with one another, as well as the edges of the canvas itself, testing the confines of their given bodies and their given frame. Similarly, the artist probes his art historical predecessors: both canonical and relatively unknown painters, writers and illustrators. The presence of these muses, which dot Kantarovsky’s compositions, simultaneously questions and indulges in a lineage of painterly impulses.

Kantarovsky was born in Moscow, Russia in 1982 and currently lives and works in New York. He studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and received his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kantarovsky recently presented solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (2018) and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy (2017-2018). Recent group exhibitions include Radical Figures at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Baltic Triennial 13 GIVE UP THE GHOSTThe Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum, New York; The Eccentrics at Sculpture Center, New York; and his curatorial project Sputterances at Metro Pictures, New York. Other important presentations include Happy Soul at LAXART in Los Angeles; You are Not an Evening at Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen; What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot? at Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe; and Apricot Juice, with Ieva Misčeviūtė, at Studio Voltaire in London. A comprehensive monograph entitled No Joke was co-published by Studio Voltaire and Koenig Books in 2016. Kantarovsky’s works belong to several prestigious museum collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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Sanya Kantarovsky
As ye sow, so shall ye reap, 2020
Oil and watercolor on linen
50 x 40 inches
(127 x 101.6 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
St. Francis, 2020
Watercolor on Arches paper
14 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches
(37.5 x 28.6 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Life of the Party, 2019
Oil and watercolor on canvas
111 x 79 inches
(281.9 x 200.7 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Needles, 2019
Oil and watercolor on canvas
95 x 65 inches
(241.3 x 165.1 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
12 inch Pianist, 2019
Oil and watercolor on linen
16 x 12 inches
(40.6 x 30.5 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
High and Low, 2019
Oil and watercolor on canvas
55 x 40 inches
(139.7 x 101.6 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Baba, 2019
Oil and watercolor on canvas
85 x 65 inches
(215.9 x 165.1 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Beach, 2019
Oil and watercolor on canvas
79 x 111 inches
(200.7 x 281.9 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Good Host, 2019
Woodblock print on washi paper
18 1/2 x 13 inches
(47 x 33 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Alma, 2018
Oil and watercolor on canvas
85 x 65 inches
(215.9 x 165.1 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Forget-me-nots, 2018
Monotype
22 x 17 7/8 inches
(55.9 x 45.4 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Deprivation, 2018
Oil and watercolor on canvas
85 x 65 inches
(215.9 x 165.1 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Kompleks, 2016
Oil and watercolor on canvas
75 x 100 inches
(190.5 x 254 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Effacement, 2016
Oil, watercolour, oil stick, pastel on canvas
85 × 65 inches
(216 × 165 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Gutted, 2016
Oil, watercolour, oil stick, pastel on canvas
70 × 95 inches
(177.8 × 241.3 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Kolobok, 2014
Charcoal, oil, pastel, watercolor on linen
34 x 26 inches
(86.36 x 66.04 cm)

Sanya Kantarovksy
Speaking His Language, 2014
Charcoal, oil, pastel, watercolor on linen
30 x 24 inches
(76.2 x 61 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Woman with Parakeet, 2014
Oil, oil stick, pastel, watercolor on linen
55 x 40 inches
(139.7 x 101.6 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Allergies (What Little Else I Remember of You), 2014
Oil, oil stick, pastel, watercolor on canvas
75 x 60 inches
(190.5 x 152.4 cm)

Sanya Kantarovsky
Happy Soul, 2011
Installation view at Basel Unlimited

Sanya Kantarovsky
Untitled, 2010
Ink, oil, watercolor on linen
25 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
(64.8 x 54.6 cm)

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