Pavel Pepperstein (b. 1966) is a Russian artist, writer, rapper and art theorist. He was born in Moscow in the family of Viktor Pivovarov, Russian conceptual artist, and Irina Pivovarova, Russian author and illustrator of children books. From 1985 to 1987 Pavel studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 1987 he co-founded the experimental group of artists called Inspection Medical Hermeneutics (with Sergey Anufriev, Yuri Liederman and Vladimir Fedorov). The ideology of Medical Hermeneutics was the fusion of incompatible descriptive language, from contemporary western philosophy and Orthodox theology, Daoism and Buddhism to the language of psychiatry and pharmacology, which created a completely unique manner of expression.
According to art critic Olga Sviblova, “As early as in the late 1980s, when contemporary art in Russia first appeared and spread like an avalanche in the wake of perestroika, the “Inspection Medical Hermeneutics” group founded by Pavel Pepperstein (...) proved to be a phenomenon of a fundamentally new stage of development in “Moscow Romantic Conceptualism”. Today, when much that comprised and pulsated through the living fabric of modern art in the late 20th century has ceased to exist, the impulse behind “Medical Hermeneutics” has sufficed for Pavel Pepperstein’s “psychedelic realsim” to continue its progressive development”.
In 2009 Pavel Pepperstein represented Russia at the Venice Biennale with his installation Landscapes of the Future.
Pepperstein is well-known as a critic and fiction author. His various articles on contemporary art have been published in magazines Elephant, Flash Art etc. His published novels include 'Old Man’s Diet' (1997), 'Mythogenic Love of Castes' (1999), 'Spring' (2010), 'Prague Night' (2011).