Georgy Kiesewalter

Georgy Georgy KiesewalterGeorgy Kiesewalter (b. 1955) is a Russian conceptual artist, photographer and essayist. Lives and works in Moscow. As an artist, he uses a wide range of media to communicate his concepts to the public —– from painting to graphic art, from installations to conceptual photography and digital art. Georgy's ancestors were German – hence the surname, but due to his Russian origin, it has been often erroneously anglicized just as Kizevalter or Kisevalter. He graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. In 1976-89 he was one of the original members of the Russian performance group Collective Actions. He graduated from Moscow Lenin Pedagogical Institute in 1977. He is the author of several titles on contemporary art. In 1976-89, he was one of the original members of the Russian conceptual performance group Collective Actions. In the mid 1970s – 1980s, he was very close to the circle of artists like Ilya KabakovViktor PivovarovErik BulatovIvan Chuikov et al., and actively participated in such unofficial artistic formations of the time as the AptArt movement, the Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI), and the Avantgardists' Club in Moscow. In 1996, he decided to move to Canada, but returned to Russia at the end of 2006. In the early 1990s, Kiesewalter arranged a number of broadcasts on arts and culture issues on Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany. He is also the author or co-author of several books and many articles on contemporary art and photography published in Russia. In 1997, he received an Open Society Institute grant to help publish his first book about Moscow's unofficial artists, The Communal Body of Moscow.