Alexander ROITBURD 1961 —
Олександр РОЙТБУРД • Александр РОЙТБУРД
Alexander Roitburd was born in Odessa in 1961. He graduated from Odessa Pedagogical University, Department of Fine Arts in 1983. Roitburd is known for his paintings, installations, video, and performance art. He has been very active in the artistic community as an art curator, critique, publicist, moderator and intellectual who has greatly contributed to establishing post-Soviet contemporary art trends in Odessa, Kyiv and Moscow. The artist was one of the founders of Ukrainian trans-avant-garde in the 1980s.
In 1999 Roitburd produced a video after the film by Sergei Eisenstein Battleship Potemkin. The video was bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, the video was part of the Italian Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale. In 2000, Roitburd began living and working in New York; however, in 2002, he moved to Kyiv to become the director of Marat Guelman Gallery. For the last seven years Roitburd has primarily produced large size narrative figurative paintings that have a strong sense of political irony, mythological illusion and philosophical and humanitarian discourse. Works by Roitburd were shown in New York in a 2008 exhibition at White Box Gallery entitled ‘New Ukrainian Painting.’
On June 26, 2009, a painting by Roitburd entitled Goodbye Caravaggio, 2008, lot 179 sold at Phillips de Pury & Co. in London for £58,850.00. This is the record price paid for a work by contemporary Ukrainian artist at auction. The artist now lives and works in Kyiv.