Oleksandr Balbyshev

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Oleksandr Balbyshev is famous for transforming classical Soviet-era portraits of Lenin into highly decorative and chaotic works of art.
The Ukrainian artist also explores themes of male sensuality and sexuality in his figurative nude paintings.
Oleksandr has paintings in private collections worldwide.

Born in 1985 in Ukraine, Oleksandr Balbyshev is a graduate of The Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. In 2015, the Ukrainian government banned all symbols and images associated with the USSR. The artist unearths these lost, classical Soviet-era portraits and radically modifies them with a surreal-cum-Pop Art style.

Oleksandr Balbyshev’s Craft

Onto found portraits and sculptures of Lenin, Oleksandr chaotically drips paint, cuts out segments and glues them together again - a collage-like process often carried out with children. The aim: to erase the original propagandistic and ideological meanings of these images. The result: born-again works instilled with a fresh combination of play and seriousness. All of Oleksandr's creations prompt viewers to lift the veil of accepted paradigms, delving into their own understanding and reception of them. The artist receives equal acclaim for his figurative nude paintings. Using bright, climactic colours and raw, gaze-holding subjects, the artist explores male sensuality and sexuality.

Collections

You can find Oleksandr's paintings in private collections worldwide: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Thailand, Australia, and Mexico. Oleksandr currently lives and works in Dnipro, Ukraine.

Selected Works

Recycled Lenin #7 by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Recycled Lenin #7

Sculpture - 19x15 cm
Recycled Lenin #6 by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Recycled Lenin #6

Sculpture - 19x15 cm
Recycled Lenin #4 by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Recycled Lenin #4

Sculpture - 20x15 cm
Recycled Lenin #5 by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Recycled Lenin #5

Sculpture - 21x15 cm
Sunset by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Sunset

Paintings - 80x60 cm
Eros by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Eros

Paintings - 90x70 cm
Recycled Lenin #3 by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Recycled Lenin #3

Paintings - 80x60 cm
Recycled Lenin #1 by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Recycled Lenin #1

Paintings - 116x96 cm
Nude in the Grand Canyon by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Nude in the Grand Canyon

Paintings - 85x125 cm
Split Lenin by Oleksandr Balbyshev

Split Lenin

Paintings - 90x70 cm

Before the War Began

Sculpture - 18x15 cm

Half-pink Lenin

Sculpture - 18x15 cm

Striped Young Lenin

Sculpture - 14x11 cm

Round Lenin

Paintings - 100x100 cm

Recalibration of Lenin

Paintings - 85x65 cm

Pedestal

Paintings - 90x70 cm

Who are You, Mr. Lenin?

Paintings - 130x100 cm

Behind the Spots

Paintings - 90x70 cm

Calibrating Lenin

Paintings - 140x100 cm

Lenin with Children #2

Paintings - 90x60 cm

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