Oleg Holosiy


Oleg Holosiy was a Ukrainian artist and a member of famous artistic community of Paris Commune squat in Kyiv.[1] His artistic practice is widely associated with the so called “New Wave” of Ukrainian art along with fellow artists Valeria Trubina, Oleksandr Hnylytskyi, Yurii Solomko and others.

Early life

Born in Dnipropetrovsk in 1964, Oleg Mykolayovych Holosiy graduated from The State Art College in Dnipropetrovsk, studio of L. Antoniuk (1986) and Kyiv State Art Institute, and the monumental painting department in Kyiv (1990). He participated in milestone exhibitions of the early 1990’s, such as Still (Kyiv, 1992) and Postanesthesia (1992, Munich). His monumental piece “Psychedelic attack of Blue Rabbits” was acquired to the collection of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Glasgow, Scotland). In the early 1990’s Holosiy worked with Regina gallery (Moscow). Holosiy tragically died in 1993, at 27 years of age.


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From May 2019, onwards Kyiv-based gallery The Naked Room took over the artistic heritage of Oleg Holosiy.[2] Oleg Holosiy Artist Estate is founded together with the artist’s brother and heir, Denys Holosiy. The institution aims at research and conservation of the works and archival materials from the family collection, systematization of his curriculum vitae, dissemination of knowledge about his practice among various audiences, support for academic research and, finally, the publication of the catalogue raisonné. Over and above—securing his work in public institutions’ collections, both Ukrainian and international.

The first publication produced by the Artist Estate supports the exhibition "Oleg Holosiy: A Boy and a Comet" at The Naked Room gallery. The publication puts together 29 out of 37 paintings from the family collection, including his two latest paintings. The first publication did not include early academic settings and landscapes as well as two unfinished canvases, but contains selected drawings, sketches, notes, graphic sheets with verses and collages, honorable mentions and documents as well as scans of several press reviews from the 1990s that were carefully marked up by the artist’s mother, Maria Havrylivna Holosiy. These texts are artefacts of art criticism of the late Soviet and early post-Soviet times.

In June 2019, Mystetskyi Arsenal museum complex presented the largest to date solo presentation of Oleg Holosiy paintings, graphics, sketches and archival ephemera, taken on loan from numerous private collections and the Artist Estate. The show “Non-Stop Painting”[3], curated by MA chief curator Oleksandr Soloviov together with Oksana Barshynova and Tetyana Zhmurko of The National Art Museum of Ukraine was accompanied by an eponymous publication comprising from work reproductions and research texts.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2019 — Non-Stop Painting, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
  • 2019 — A Boy and a Comet, The Naked Room, Kyiv
  • 2003 — Oleg Holosiy. National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
  • 1994 — Day and Night Alternate Each Other, Regina Gallery, Moscow
  • 1991 — Self-standing Art. Central House of Artists, Moscow

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2017 — PARCOMMUNE. Place. Community. Phenomenon, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
  • 2016 — Transformation, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
  • 2015 — Borderline. Ukrainian Art 1985–2004, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
  • 2002 — First-hand Paintings. Manege Exhibition Hall, Moscow
  • 2000 — At the Edge, Regina Gallery, Moscow
  • 2000 — Intervals. Cosmism in Ukrainian Art of XXth century. National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo
  • 1993 — Steppes of Europe. Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
  • 1993 — Angels Over Ukraine, Gallery 369, Edinburgh
  • 1992 — Dialog with Kyiv, Villa Stuck, Munich
  • 1992 — Postanaesthesia, Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse, Munich; Grassi Museum, Leipzig
  • 1992 — Shtil. Exhibition hall of Artists Union, Kyiv
  • 1992 — Artists of «Paris Commune». House of Artists, Kyiv
  • 1990 — Babylon. Palace of Youth, Moscow
  • 1990 — Sednev-89. National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
  • 1988 — Youth of the Country, House of Artists, Kyiv


  1. ^ "Одразу три виставки у Києві присвятили Олегові Голосію. Хто він?" (in Ukrainian). The Village. 2019-06-14.
  2. ^ "Рік Олега Голосія в Україні: як пройшла перша подія в галереї THE NAKED ROOM" (in Ukrainian). 2019-05-17.
  3. ^ "Oleg Holosiy. Non-Stop Painting". KyivPost. 2019-06-14.

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