Oleg Buryan

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Oleg Yuriyevich Buryan (Russian: Оле́г Ю́рьевич Бурья́н) (born 1959 in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine) is a Russian artist, since 1980’s he lived in Moscow. In 2012 Oleg Buryan moved to St-Petersburg, where he joined St-Petersburg Union of Artists.


Oleg Buryan is a well-known artist. He belongs to the first generation of post-Soviet creators, integrated to international context. Before deciding to become an artist he studied medicine at the Leningrad Medical Institute, worked as a lawyer's secretary, a street cleaner and as a censor for rock lyrics at the Moscow Chief of the Department of Culture.

He received his art education (as tapestry artist) at the Moscow Textile College in the 1980s, and studied video art and independent documentary at Moscow State University from 1994 to 1995 (at Associate Professor Deirdre Boyle[1])). In 1989, O. Buryan was awarded a VDNKh Silver medal for his contribution to Russian culture and became the last person to receive such an award in the Soviet period (1985–1991). In his works various elements of archaic and "ethnic" art are evident.

"Recycled art"[2] is another name for Buryan's art. Some of his sculptures are done as "ready-made" objects and related to the tradition of "Dada" in their absurd humor and strange beauty of animals with human eyes. Buryan's works are characterized by a great amount of versatility in both choice of media and general style, ranging from an oil paintings to an art toys, from a book illustration to a monumental sculpture, from a media art to an installation art, TV and an industrial design. After communicating with him is truly Renaissance sense of abundance, a rare luxury in which all enjoy—art, interesting people, breathtaking experience. Buryan does not seek for scandalize, or shock by some impressive movement. It is simply about to rebuild the lives in his understanding. Buryan's works are in the collections of the Bank WestLB (Germany) and the Amer Sports (Finland), the University of Dundee (Scotland), the Kiev National Museum of Russian Art, (Ukraine), the Saint Petersburg Toy Museum and the Venice Sculpture park.

Main shows and projects[edit]

  • 1986–1988: Autumn exhibitions at the Exhibition Hall at the Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, 28, Moscow (Russia)
  • 1988–1989: All–Union of Young Artists exhibition at the Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow Manege, Moscow (Russia)
  • 1990: WestLB Bank—the International Trade center (Hammer-Center), Moscow (Russia)
  • 1991: Performance “Citizens of the Night” at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 1992: “International Incident” — solo show at the French Institute,[3] Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 1993: “Bald Buryans” — solo show at the Gallery "Dar"[4] Contemporary Art Center, Moscow (Russia)
  • 1994: Collaboration with Cadogan Guides Publishers. Illustrations for the guide to Moscow and St. Petersburg, written by Rose Baring, London (UK), ISBN 978-1-56440-274-5
  • 1994: Foundation “Sirin prints” (postcards) together with W. Shon, Oxford (UK)
  • 1995: “Anabasis” at the National Museum of Russian Art,[5] Kiev (Ukraine)
  • 1996: “Serious Games” at the Toy Museum, St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • 1998: Solo Show at the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Kiev (Ukraine) — Munich (Germany)
  • 2000: Solo show at the ItalyRussia Lombardy Association,[6] Milano (Italy)
  • 2001: Collaboration with “Last Hero” (“Survival”) TV ORT (artdirector[7]), Panama City (Panama) — Moscow (Russia)
  • 2004: “Making Moves” at the Gallery “Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art",[8][9] Bath (UK)
  • 2005: The International Art toys Show at “Haim+Handwerk”,[10] Munich (Germany)
  • 2005: “Not-naiv-toys done by Buryan” — solo show at the Toy museum,[11] St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • 2005: “Recycled Art”[12] — solo show at the Central House of Artist,[13] Moscow (Russia)
  • 2005: Six sculptures for the Venice Sculpture park, Venice (Italy)
  • 2005: "Art toys in Burg Wildegg" (Austria)
  • 2006: Szpilman Award[14] (short list), Berlin (Germany)
  • 2007: Concours Européen de Sculpture monumentale (in French) "Art is Steel"[15] at the Arcelor Mittal (short list, catalogue: O. Buryan "The Steel Drop", p.7), Rheims (France)
O. Buryan for Concours Européen de Sculptures monumentales at Arcelor Mittal, 2007 (France)


  1. ^ Deirdre Boyle, Associate Professor[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ A place to find, discuss and promote art made from recycled materials
  3. ^ Welcome to the French Institute Archived March 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ (in Russian) Gallery of Naive Art «Dar» («The Gift»)
  5. ^ (in Russian) National Museum of Russian Art, Kiev
  6. ^ (in Italian) Associazione Italia–Russia Lombardia (Milano)
  7. ^ (in Russian) Oleg Buryan: «They had to survive almost all». Exclusive interview with the artist program «Last Hero». Dmitry Desyaterik, «Day»
  8. ^ Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art
  9. ^ Oleg Buryan from Russia — found object sculptor and toymaker
  10. ^ Heim+Handwerk. Building, Furnishing, Living
  11. ^ Toy Museum. Exhibition of art toys. St. Petersburg, 26.05.2009
  12. ^ (in Russian) Recycled Art Project (Press Release)
  13. ^ (in Russian) History of the Central House of Artists
  14. ^ Szpilman Award 2006 Best Four, O. Buryan: Kraniphor (Video art)
  15. ^ "Art is Steel". International Contest for Performance Excellence Awards Trophy, 2008-03-14
  16. ^ Something’s Brewing BIER 1 Publication
  17. ^ Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal Leiden
  18. ^ Biscuit Jump (Video art)
  19. ^ Zepter International Design Award. ArtZept "Cookie Jar" ...10. Oleg Buryan, Russia
  20. ^ (in Russian) Art object for the Google maps (the Earth from Space). The object of the tires with living trees planted in them
  21. ^ (in Russian) KronFest 2009. II Kronstadt international ecological festival of arts
  22. ^ Maxxi_Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del Xxi Secolo Archived 2009-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Art–research about cultural diversity in Europe “Genogram“
  24. ^ All–Russia Museum of Decorative–Applied and Folk Arts
  25. ^ (in Russian) Museum at the Delegatskaya Street

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