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Life and career
Molodkin was born in Boui, 500 km (310 mi) north of Moscow, in 1966. Both of his parents taught at the university and he went to art school at the age of 12 and was first inspired by tattoos, which at the time were illegal in Russia. Molodkin later claimed that 'the only freedom you have is what you can write on your body'.
Molodkin later served in the Russian Army, where he worked in Siberia delivering oil. He would also use his army-issue ballpoint pens to draw and, whilst in the Army, he would eat bread smeared in oil and dried on a radiator instead of taking drugs.
His work explores the conflict between culture, religion, economy and politics, using recognizable religious images and cultural iconography as his subject matter. Molodkin believes that the oil industry is "the flesh and blood of Western economy" and he comments on how a national resource can become a national identity. His most recent project has been his attempt to make oil from human corpses with a giant pressure cooker.
His exhibition "Direct From The Pipe" was presented at ANNE+ Art Projects, Ivry sur Seine,France  "Sweet Crude American Dream" was presented at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, NY. Andre Molodkin, and "Guts à la Russe" at Orel Art Gallery, Paris, in April–May 2008 Orel Art
A 2013 exhibition by Molodkin in the Void Gallery in Derry entitled Catholic Blood (2013) was created specifically for the context of Derry and Northern Ireland. Catholic Blood (2013) instantly locked into contentious historical divides, as its subject is based in the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 and a particular clause of the British constitution that forbids any MP from advising the sovereign on ecclesiastical matters if they are of the Catholic faith. The work was controversial in its choice of materials which consisted of Catholic blood, a specification that was met with resistance. The project required the participation of the public, with 36 people came forward to donate their blood, including the son of a Catholic Priest. The piece was designed from hollowed acrylic, mimicking the windows of the British Houses of Parliament. A pharmaceutical fridge contained samples of donated human blood and an industrial compressor pumped this blood through the window. This was then projected onto the gallery walls.
“Some people were angry that I hadn't used both Catholic and Protestant blood. They felt cheated that I had only chosen to use Catholic blood. It was never my intention to mix religions - the intensity is in the separation.
He currently lives and works between Paris and Moscow. His works are held in private collections in the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Freud Museum in Saint Petersburg and in the collection of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow.
- Transformer No.M208, Ducal Palace, Genova.
- Immigrant Blood, Patricia Dorfmann Gallery, Paris.
- Catholic Blood, Void Gallery, Londonderry.
- Post-Utopian Simulacrum, Wooson Gallery, Daegu.
- Crude, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.
- Liquid Black, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.
- Crude, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston.
- Transformer No.V579, Art Sensus Gallery, London.
- Sincere, Galleria Pack, Milan.
- Crude, Art Sensus, London
- Absolute Return, Orel Art Gallery, Paris.
- Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity (Grid and Greed), Orel Art Gallery, London.
- Swiss Passion, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne.
- Oil Evolution, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York.
- Guts à la Russe, Orel Art Gallery, Paris.
- Direct From The Pipe, ANNE+ Art Projects, Ivry sur Seine,France.
- G8, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
- Sweet Crude American Dream, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
- Cold War II, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
- Empire at War, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
- Sweet Crude Eternity, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
- Sweet crude Eternity, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
- Notre Patrimoine, European Parliament, Brussels
- Trash resources, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
- Love Copyright, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, Paris
- Love Copyright, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
- Polius, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, Paris
- Carré Noir Gallery, Paris
- Novo Novosibirsk, The Marble Palace, Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg
- Blue Dream, Freud’s Dream Museum, St. Petersburg
- Novo Novosibirsk, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris
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- Collection of The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg
- Collection of S. Freud Museum, Saint Petersburg
- Collection of Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
- Rosenblum Collection, Paris, France
- And private collectors in Europe and The United States[who?]
- Andrei Molodkin: Post-Utopian Simulacrum, eds. Wooson Gallery, Daegu, 2013.
- Andrei Molodkin: Crude, eds. Silvana Editoriale, The Station Museum, Houston, 2013.
- Andrei Molodkin: Absolute Return, eds. Silvana Editoriale, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, France, 2011.
- Andrei Molodkin: Holy Oil, 2010.
- Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity, 2009.
- Andrei Molodkin: Cold War II, eds. Victor Tupitsyn and Margarita Tupitsyn, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, 2007.
- Rifkind, Hugo (14 April 2009). "Andrei Molodkin: black gold, blood red". London: The Times. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
- "ANNE+ ART PROJECTS".
- "Press%Release:%Catholic)Blood%by%Andrei%Molodkin%curated%by%Conor%McFeely" (PDF).
- Sheerin, Mark. "Andrei Molodkin stirs the blood with new commission for Derry-Londonderry's Void".
- "Arterial motive? Visitors to artist Andrei Molodkin's new show asked". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
- "Transformer No M208 / Andrei Molodkin". a-political.org.
- "catholic blood / Andrei Molodkin". a-political.org.
- Owen Hatherley. "Derry has built bridges – but its industry won't come back". The Guardian.
- "Arterial motive? Visitors to artist Andrei Molodkin's new show asked to contribute their own blood". The Independent.
- "Andrei Molodkin with 'Crude' is oiling for a fight". Washington Post.
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- "Russian artist Andrei Molodkin rolls out the barrel". The Independent.
Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity, eds. Margarita Tupitsyn and Victor Tupitsyn, London: Orel Art UK, 2009.