Pavlo Kerestey
Born 1962 in Uzhgorod, Ukraine
© Photo from the artist's archive

Pavlo Kerestey is both an analyst and an artist. He seeks a conceptual and theoretical basis in painting, as in any other form of creative activity, whether it be text, video or performance.  Behind each stroke in his work, there is a well-thought-out and conscious movement of the author associated with current social and cultural context. The author explores demands and expectations in communication between the artist and the viewer, reflecting on the social role of each participant in this interaction. Another hot topic Pavlo Kerestey reflects on in his works is a tense expectation of a disaster, the future Apocalypse existing as a permanent background to the everyday life of contemporary human beings. In his expressive works using anxious, tense, bright, sometimes luminescent colors Kerestey looks into the very foundation of reality and human nature, analyzes basic instincts and reactions — testing himself and the audience, determining the development of individual life strategies.

"Last summer, in 2019, I visited my hometown to renovate my parent's apartment. It was very hot, and I was on my own. Walking in the streets near the derelict town cinema, I found an open electric plug outside the front desk kiosk. As soon I saw this, I thought of the perfect use for it. I returned after sunset with my video projector and started projecting films onto the facade of the abandoned cinema, now open for everyone again. Soon friends and strangers gathered. Over the next 45 days we met every single night at ten o’clock to watch films together, to drink and talk outside the old cinema."

Pavlo Kerestey
London, United Kingdom. April 28, 2020

Balancing (2019)

120 x 80 cm, oil on canvas

Asteroids in the Evening (2019)

190 x 150 cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

Painting a Bomb, in Pink Dots (2019)

90 x 60 cm, oil on canvas

Painting a Bomb, in Blue Dots (2019)

90 x 60 cm, oil on canvas

Last Entrance (2018)

200 x 150 cm, oil on canvas