SVIATCHENKO (b. 1952) is one of todays most influential collage artists. His oeuvre cuts through the boundaries of traditional and contemporary visuals, merging pop culture with politics, history, science and architecture.

Growing up in the Ukraine in 1960s, SVIATCHENKO witnessed first-hand the revolutionary shifts in global society and contemporary culture. From Khrushchev’s tomb to Gorbachev’s new openness and the fall of the Wall, and the revolutionary extension of the West, bringing with it a new flourish of pop culture and artistic expression. In SVIATCHENKO’s work we see the reflections of decades of artistic exploration. From the World War I, Dadaism, Surrealism, Soviet Avant-Garde, Constructivism and the 1960s American Expressionists and Pop music, and the films of director Andrei Tarkovsky.

A provocateur in the world of contemporary art, SVIATCHENKO’s collages and paintings have been exhibited in Denmark, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, France, England, Canada, and the USA and featured in celebrated magazines such as Dazed & Confused, AnOther, Kilimanjaro, Varoom, Elephant, This is a magazine, Rojo, Viewpoint and Blueprint. 

He is also the founder and editor of online photography project “Close Up and Private”, which looks to capture the discourse between clothing, fashion and image. SVIATCHENKO has completed major commissions for companies in Denmark such as Jyske Bank, Silkeborg, Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Poul Due Jensen Academy, Grundfos, and Magasin du Nord, Copenhagen. 

His work has been published in monographs including Sergei Sviatchenko: Collages by Rick Poynor (Schlebrügge, Vienna, 2014), Everything Goes Right and Left if You Want it. Art by Sergei Sviatchenko (Gestalten, Berlin, 2012), and Sergei Sviatchenko: I AM COLLAGE, (Lindhardt & Ringhof, Denmark 2018).

Faye Dowling                          
Curator and Editor, London            


Aesthetic Surprises
Since 1990 Sergei Sviatchenko has lived and worked in Viborg, Denmark, where he raised a family of three. Sviatchenko has a PhD from the Kiev School of Architecture and is a Modernist inside and out.

With one foot in his mother country Ukraine and the other in the Denmark, Sviatchenko combines the Eastern Constructivism and photomontage traditions with Bauhaus aesthetics as well as Western Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism and rock music. 

Sviatchenko’s oeuvre spans the known and the unimaginable. It cuts through the boundaries of traditional and contemporary visuals to merge pop culture with politics, personal memory with collective histories, and architecture and science with dreams and visions.

Sviatchenko challenges the limits of visual representation by constantly seeking the ideal balance of deconstruction without loss of meaning. He works with space, shape and the disruption of both elements. He refers to the practice of disruption as ‘aesthetic surprises’, where elements from different contexts collide and merge. Important details are being cut out, and through the remaining fragments we are invited to shape our own images from what remains an ambiguous semifigurative abstraction. 

In our world of visual overload, Sviatchenko stands out as an artist, who reduces instead of adds. In 2004 Sviatchenko introduced the artistic strategy of deconstruction called ‘Less’, where he by adding a maximum of three elements, would change the reading of a given image. Sviatchenko’s ‘Less’ strategy is one his most original contributions to international collage art. 

Christian Kortegaard Madsen
Director, Museum Jorn, Denmark

Sergei Sviatchenko
Born 1952, Kharkov, Ukraine, USSR.

Since 1990 lives and works in Viborg, Denmark

Graduated from Kharkiv National University of Construction and Architecture, 1969 -1975
PhD in Architecture, Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, 1983-86
Honorary Member and Professor of the Ukrainian Academy of Architecture, 2022
Foreign Member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

Selected solo exhibition from the past 15 years
Magical Island is falling in the fall, paintings,Galerie Stephan Marquardt, Brussels
Close Up And Private, photography, Galerie Pressto, Torino, Italy

Revisited, Edition Eikon, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna, Austria              
Emotional Rescue, cut out installation, Art center Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark

Better than the Moon, Fredericia Art Association, Fredericia, Denmark

Dream Machine, Homage to Interbau 57, Hansa center and the Danish Embassy, Berlin
WE, collage, photography, paintings, Galerie Didier Devillez, Stephan Marquardt & Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Nature Matter, curated by Fay Dawling, Silkeborg Art Centre, Denmark  
End of Spring, Kiev Art Week, Ukraine  
Artist Take by Sergei Sviatchenko for Magasin du Nord, Copenhagen  

You, Retrospective, curated by Helene Bay Nyborg, Kunsthal Viborg, Denmark

Secretly, Collage and paintings, curated Elisabeth Hajek and Manfred, Maenling, Vienna          
Secretly, Wall installation at the MQ Fore Court, Vienna

For Light and Memory, Gestalten Space, Berlin

Mirror by Mirror, Homage to Andrei Tarkovsky, photocollage, installation, Ivanovo Art Museum, Ivanovo, Russia
Mirror by Mirror, Homage to Andrei Tarkovsky, photocollage, installation, Riga Film Museum, Riga, Latvia

Sergey Nielsen paintings for Close Up And Private, Kaufmannshaus, Hamburg, Germany
Mirror by Mirror, West Cork Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland

The Shape of White, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY, USA
Mirror by Mirror, Homage to Andrei Tarkovsky, photocollage, installation, Gallery Photo Edition Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Broken Images, Liaison Controverse, Dusseldorf, Germany

The Trip, Homage to the Psychedelic era, collage installation, ROJO artspace,  Barcelona, Spain
Architectural Landscape, Galerie Gardy Wiechern, paintings, Hamburg, Germany 
Territory of Water, Art space Spanien 19 c, video installation, Aarhus, Denmark

Prints Tokyo, International Print Exhibition, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan
Outsideinside, Drake Hotel public spaces, Toronto, Canada

Rather Gentle Stereotype, Spark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Galerie Gardy Wiechern, paintings, Hamburg, Germany

Darwin My Friend, collage, installation, Galleria Arturarte, Rome, Italy

Twins, installation, Stockholm Art Fair, Galerie Wolfsen, Stockholm, Sweden
Less, collages, Iride Associazione, Perugia, Italia

Express, installation, photography, Galleri Ægidius, Randers, Denmark
Galerie Gardy Wiechern, paintings, Hamburg, Germany

Katarsis, installation, video, photography, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark
New Works, Galerie Gardy Wiechern, paintings, Hamburg, Germany

FIAC (International Art Fair), Gallery Nord, Paris, France

Gallery Thea Fisher-Reinhardt, West Berlin, Germany

Gallery at the magazine Decorative Art of USSR, Moscow, USSR

Institute of Design, Kiev, Ukraine, USSR

Selected group exhibitions from the past 15 years
People Live Here, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kyiv
Black And White, The National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv
Home Beyond the Dawn, The Museo de las Artes (MUSA), Guadalajara, Mexico
Ukrainian collage, National Museum “Kyiv Art Gallery”, Kyiv

Unfolding Landscapes: Landscape and poetics in contemporary Ukranian art, 2022 Silkeborg (Denmark) Brussels (Belgium), Kunst (Zeng) Hans, Rapperswil-Jona (Switzerland)

Less Festival of Contemporary Collage – Less Education, Viborg, Denmark

Less Festival of Contemporary Collage, Viborg, Denmark

You Know My Name, Photo Kyiv Fair, Kyiv, Ukraine 
Art Week, Kyiv, Ukraine

International Weird Collage Show, Jealous Gallery, London
Meta-Matter, curated by Faye Dawling, Karst, Plymouth, UK

Detached, Now and tomorrow, EIKON gallery at MQ, Vienna

L'Extime, Galerie Seine 51, Paris

Less, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
Faceless, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria

For Love Not Money, The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
Contemporary Collage, West Cork Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
Contemporary Collage, Gestalten Space, Berlin, Germany

21st International Poster and Graphic Design Festival, Chaumont, France
Capture the Fade, The Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney;

Cut, Platform Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Appetite for Construction, curated by Mia Nielsen, Drake Hotel public spaces, Toronto

It’s Nice That/Original Format, The Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth, England
Ink 01, International Illustration Rally, Fundación Bilbao Arte Fundazioa, Bilbao, Spain
Rojo Out, Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid, Spain
The Visual Way of Life, Optica, International festival for video art, FNAC Callao, Madrid, Spain
Cosmological Embeddedness or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Gallery Higher Pictures, New York, USA

Smart For Two, Rojo, Venice, California, USA

Selected awards in the past 15 years

Film Mirror by Mirror. Homage to Andrei Tarkovsky. With Noriko Okaku (JP/UK) - 1st prize at the International competition of experimental short films at The Lucca International Film Festival, Toscana, Italy
2nd place in Fine Art: Collage category, International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA

Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Collage category for the winning entry “Lineless”, International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA

Capture the Fade, Overall winner, Ampersand Magazine Photography Award, Sydney, Australia

Honorable Mention in Fine Art: Collage category for the winning entry “Less”, International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA

D&AD Yellow Pencil, London, England

Selected books and catalogues in the past 10 years

Sergei Sviatchenko, Close Up And Private. Modern Classicist. Verlag For Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria


Christian Kortegaard Madsen, Min ven Sergei Sviatchenko, Fredericia Kunstforening

Jørn Jacobsen, Sergei Sviatchenko: I am collage, Lindhardt & Ringhof, Copenhagen

Rick Poynor, Sergei Sviatchenko: Collages, Schlebrueger.editor, Vienna

Silke Krohn (ed.), Everything Goes Right & Left if You Want It: The Art of Sergei Sviatchenko, Gestalten, Berlin

Selected articles in the past 15 years
Magrit Mossmer, Sergei Sviatchenko. Constraction -Deconstraction – Reconstraction
Rick Poynor Collage Now, Part 1: Sergei Sviatchenko, 2013, Designobserver
Rick Poynor A cut above inside the spirited collage worlds of Sergei Sviatchenko.The Calvet Jurnal, 2016

Rick Poynor, A cut above inside the spirited collage worlds of Sergei Sviatchenko.The Calvet Jurnal.


Thomas Edlinger, “Less plus less”, Eikon no.89, Austria

Eunyoung Park, “Graphic Design to overpower the Space”, Design, no.430, April, South Korea
Antony Hudek, “Collaborations. Sergei Sviatchenko”, CCC Newspaper nr.1, Austria

Ayako Ueda, “Visual Language of Style. Sergei Sviatchenko”, Free&Easy, no.174, April, Japan
Peppe Orru, “A modern-day renaissance man: the multi-faceted work of Sergei Sviatchenko”, Collezioni Uomo, nr.83, Italy
P.J. Smith, “Sergei Sviatchenko” Acclaim, no. 29, Australia
Rick Poynor, Collage Now, Part 1: Sergei Sviatchenko, 2013, Designobserver.

Francis Cazal, “De l’art et du style”, Clark, no.50, September/October, Paris, France
Paul Burgess, “The Future is Junk”, Varoom no. 12, spring, UK

Richard Brereton, “Sticks in the Mind”, Elephant, no.1, winter 2009-10, UK
Xi Sheng, ”Sergei Sviatchenko” 100%O2, no.001, China

Peter Kelly, “Paper City: Sergei Sviatchenko”, Blueprint no. 272, November, London UK

Anna Follo and Nello Russo, “Sergei Sviatchenko”, Playzebra, no.05, Italy
“Who I Think I Am”, thisisamagazine 5th compendium, Italy
Walter Bettens, “Art for Art’s Sake”, DAMn no. 12, July/August, Belgium
Anna Lengle, “Meeting Sviatchenko”, LE, no.235, August, Russia
“Nami”, Rojo, Spain; “Fortwo”, Rojo, special edition, Spain

Adrian Shaughnessy, “Mapping the Terrain”, interview with Sviatchenko, Varoom no. 1, UK
Sergei Sviatchenko, “When I was Seventeen…” Kilimanjaro, no.6, UK

© Sergei Sviatchenko, 2022

© Sergei Sviatchenko, 2022