Роман Міхайлов

Born 1989 in Chuguev, Ukraine

lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine

MA in arts at Kharkiv State Academy of design & art

Awards and honors

2015 won the prize for the best installation at Saatchi

2015 finalist of UK/RAINE competition for emerging artists from UK and Ukraine

2015 was nominated for Pinchuk Art Prize

2014 Finalist of Non-stop media festival

2010 Member of the Nation Union of Artists of Ukraine


Artistic statement

I am a Ukrainian contemporary artist. My visual art includes sculptural installations, woodworking, video,

graphic and painting, focusing on the complex social and political processes taking place in Ukraine, in

particular exploring controversial issues of migration, deportation, war and suffering (both personal and

social). The main concept that I focus for the last 2 years is «creation through destruction» that I came up

after the revolution in my country. Thus I started my experiments with the fire when the new meaning and

form are created through destruction (burning, deconstruction, blackening with smoke, melting etc.).


Personal exhibitions:

2015 THE SCORCH OF REAL, The reality game, Gogolfest’15, VDNH, Kiev

2015 BLACK SEA, action-intervention into the House of Parliament of Ukraine and Administration of the

President on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea and the day of voting for the bill on

granting Donetsk and Lugansk regions the status of occupied territories, Kiev

2015 BLACK SEA, Ukrainian Crisis media centre, Ukrainian House, Kiev

2014 SPIRIT OF FREEDOM at Language and violence festival, Izolyatsia, Donetsk


Exhibitions (2014 - 2015):

UK/RAINE, Saatchi Gallery, London

PINCHUK ART PRIZE, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv

!WARNING!, multimedia festival TETRAMATIKA, Lviv

DIALOGIA:Ukrainian art in times with no name, National museum Mistetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv


MANIFESTO, IV Odessa biennale of contemporary art, Museum of contemporary art of Odessa, Odessa


PHILOSOPHY OF MIGRATION, Museum of Cultural Heritage, Kyiv


DECOMPRESSION 2, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv

BORDERLINE, WE, video, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, 2015

BIRUCHIY Symposium of contemporary art

PAPER, National museum Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv

DECOMPRESSION, Saint-Merry Church, Paris

Alliance 22, House-museum of M. Bulgakov, Kyiv

ELEMENTS OF REALITY, IX ART-KYIV Contemporary, National museum Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv

TERROR OF SMALL DIFFERENCES, Municipal gallery, Kharkiv

THEORY OF REABILITY, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv

WAR/SHE, Magelan city mall, Kharkiv


GUILT, NonStopMedia 7 (curator Sergiy Bratkov), Kharkiv

I AM A DROP IN THE OCEAN, Kuenstlerhaus, Vienna

CIVIL MYSTICISM, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE, Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv

SELF GOVERNMENT, the main program of III Odessa Biennale of Contemporary art, Odessa

X Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Art