Oleg Yahnin

Head-Hands II, 60 x 90 cm, pencil on paper

Head-Hands, 60 x 90 cm, pencil on paper

Chimera 2, 90 x 67 cm, Indian ink on paper

Vice’s anatomy, 31.5 x 24.5 cm, etching

Illustrations to Chekhov’s novels, 50 x 35 cm, acryl on cardboard

Illustrations to Chekhov’s novels, 50 x 35 cm, acryl on cardboard

Chimera 4, 90 x 67 cm, Indian ink on paper

Anatomy. Man, 28 x 20 cm, etching

Anatomy. Woman, 28 x 20 cm, etching

Artist Bio

On his graphic pages, Yakhnin creates an aesthetic of Romanticism and the related world of mythological figures. There is no place in this world for emptiness: the space is heavily populated, teeming with all sorts of humans as well as other beings, who crowd themselves onto the narrow space of the paper. The author himself often appears among the throng. Eye motifs, loved by the Surrealists, are characteristic. Dozens of eyes, frequently belong to no one, focus on the observer and force him to look away. Other common motifs, also in the tradition of ancient magic, are masks and chimera. The illustrations themselves function as a type of chimera, hypnotizing the observer with its many eyes and forcing the picture space outwards with the denseness of its material.

By continuing the tradition of the Russian avant-garde in his painting, Oleg Yakhnin handles the problem of movement and space with similar devices as his predecessors in the 1920’s. Oleg Yakhnin has participated in more than 400 exhibitions in and outside of Russia, as well as having held 33 solo shows. His works can be found in the Tretyakov Gallery, in the Russian Museum, in the Pushkin Museum, in the Russian National Library, in the Museum of Modern Art of Russia, and in many other museums in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, China, Lithuania, Ukraine, Estonia, and in the museums of Boston, Hong Kong, Peking, Zindao, Shanghai, Shenjan, as well as in private collections around the world.

Oleg Yahnin at Natasha Akhmerova Gallery

Oleg Yahnin on Academy of Arts Foundation (Russia)

2 responses to “Oleg Yahnin”

  1. Bucktheblog says:

    Incredible continuation of a art tradition. Masterful. both in image and in execution.

  2. Chris says:

    I concur . . . I was astounded by the brilliance of these the minute I saw them . . . strangely, Yahnin has not been blogged about much, not that I saw on the web . . .

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