Anatoly Osmolovsky (b. 1969) is one of the key figures in post-Soviet Russian art and has contributed to art strategies like actionism, autonomous art, and “non-specatacular art.” He began his career as a writer in the (then) Soviet Union and has been engaged in radical publishing and collective art-making throughout his career. Author of installations, sculptures and live actions, curator and theorist, he was also involved with the Radek Community of the 1990s and early 2000s. The renewal of Osmolovsky’s work ranges from radical and provocative performances, made in the Biennials of Nineties, to the most recent sculptures (Bread Series) exhibited also at Documenta in 1997. His presence in this exhibitions of radical research, expresses the perception of a country, surrounded by an anachronistic cultural climate while looking for a new identity. The need for a new balance, derived from the recent Russian identity deficit, characterizes in a unique way Osmolovsky’s work.
He is the founder of Moscow actionism, art historian, curator and rector of Baza Institute of Contemporary Art. In1990-1992 he was the leader of EAT (Art Territory Expropriation) movement. In 20002 he established Radek society. In 2007 Anatoly Osmolovsky was awarded with the Kandinsky Prize as the Artist of the Year. His works are constantly included in prestigious exhibitions, curatorial projects and biennale. Large museums and private collections all over the world have acquired works by Anatoly Osmolovsky.