Vladimir Yankilevsky

( 15.02.1938 - 04.01.2018) 


The nonconformist artist, painter, graphic artist and illustrator.

First lessons in painting was his father, artist Boris Yankylevsky.

In 1949-1956 he studied at the Moscow Art School at the Institute to them. VISurikova. In 1962 he graduated from the Institute of Printing. Along with studying at the institute involved in studio E. Belutin.


Began to exhibit their works together with other belyutintsami: he was an exhibitor at the BA Communist ( "Taganka") and the exhibition "30 years MOSKh" in the Manege in 1962. In the same year, gave his first solo exhibition (jointly with E. unknown) at MSU.

In 1975 participated in the exhibition in the pavilion "Beekeeping" at VDNH in Moscow.

In 1978, in the hall at the Little Georgia held it together with E. Steinberg exhibition, and in 1987 there was also his personal retrospective.

In 1990 and 1992 were held solo exhibitions in the gallery Yankylevsky Dina return to Paris.

since 1965, exhibited abroad: 1966 - Biennale in Venice (Italy) 1970 - Exhibition Nuove correnti a Mosca (Museo Belle Arti, Lugano, Switzerland), 1974 (1979) - Progressive Strömungen in Moskau 1957-1970 (Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany) 1976 - Exposition au Musee russe en Exil (Montgeron, France), 1977 - Biennale in Venice (Italy), etc. In 1988, the artist's solo exhibitions were held New York, San Francisco, Bochum, as well as in the House of the architect in Moscow.

worked as an artist book, illustrator, collaborated with the publishing house "Art».

artist creates cycles of "Anatomy of feelings" (early 1970), "Sodom and Gomorrah /Mutants" (late 1970), "City-mask" (1970).


«In the 60's I was very interested in the problem of relation between" internal "and" outside "life," naked "lonely man, and" clothed "- social, adequate response to the world and their deformation in society. This collision of idealistic ideas and absurd. ... Cycle "Anatomy of feelings" is dedicated to the experience of himself and "others". It's like a painting from the inside, exposure of the dynamics of inner life. In the "mutants" I tried to make visible those strains, mental mutations that occur with a man as a social product. However, we are all in varying degrees, mutants ... « (W. Yankilevsky. Press release draft Vladimir Yankylevsky" Mutants "in gallery" Krokin. Moscow. November 6 - December 7, 2003).


in 1991 went abroad and, not long lived in Germany, settled in New York.

In 1995, the State Tretyakov Gallery opened a personal retrospective of the artist.


 Reflects on the place of man in the universe. In the 1960’s, the main concept in works was a triptych, embodying the biomechanical structure of the world, where the male and female origins form a universe. «Existential boxes» and doors, the shape of which restricts freedom of form and movement were his motive in the 70’s.


V. Yankylevsky works are in museum collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Museum im. Pushkin State Russian Museum, the Center Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), the National Gallery in Prague (Czech Republic), Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest (Hungary), the National Gallery in Dresden (Germany), Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), as well as other museums and private collections.


Vladimir Yankilevsky's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from 195 USD to 289,768 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2001 the record price for this artist at auction is 289,768 USD for Adam and Eve. Triptych No 5, sold at Vladey in 2017.

Vladimir Yankilevsky - Graphics

Psychoanalysis of Aphrodite