Sergei Sviatchenko is a Ukrainian Danish artist, one of the famous representatives of the modern collage. His oeuvre cuts through the boundaries of traditional and contemporary compositions by merging pop culture with politics, history, science, and architecture through his ground-breaking artwork.
Growing up in Ukraine in the 1960s, Sviatchenko witnessed first-hand the revolutionary shifts in a global society and contemporary culture: from Khrushchev’s tomb to Gorbachev’s new openness and the fall of the Wall, and the revolutionary extension of the West, which brought with them a new flourish of pop culture and artistic expression. In Sviatchenko’s work, we see the reflections of decades of artistic exploration such as Soviet Avant-Garde art, architecture and Constructivism, World War II Surrealism, the 1960s American Expressionists and Pop music, and the films of director Andrei Tarkovsky.
Standing unquiet with polished walking stick,
The coolly sour aftertaste from the anthills,
Thrusting your leg into the quaking wood,
Broken-hearted by the morbidly mad eyes.
And crumpling the clouds above the wood like pieces of paper.
When you left with remains of air, sun and years,
You sneaked back through the greasy grass as if it were butter,
Following those no longer existing.
Sergei Sviatchenko Viborg, Denmark. March 29, 2020