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Roman Minin

Born 1981 in Dimitrov in the Donetsk region, Ukraine. He lives and works in Kharkiv. Minin graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts in 2008. In 2009 he received the Talent and Vocation medal from the worldwide alliance Peacemaker. He has participated in many group exhibitions and festivals, organizes the Street Art Fest in Kharkov and was head of the program Isoliatsya in city space in the Isoliatsya centre of the modern art in Donetsk 2012.

The Donetsk region, where Roman Minin was born, is identified by mining. For the people living there it is not only an industry but a way of life. Minin has taken that as the main subject of his paintings and stained-glass windows, a metaphor for a closed social system that allows no way out. With The Plan of Escape from the Donetsk Region, Minin created his own artistic escape route from that imprisonment.

Recent exhibitions:

2011 – “None of my business”, project “The Wall”, Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

2011 -  “Plan of escape from the Donetsk Region”, Kharkiv City Art Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

2010 – “Miners folklore”, City Gallery, Sumy, Ukraine

2010 – “Story of Beautiful Mania”, Volga Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2010 – “Dreams about war”, Vovatanya Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine

The exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 allows Minin to take an essential step in combining his artistic practice as painter with his social engagement. The Plan of Escape from the Donetsk Region is be combined with a specially commissioned work by children from the region. They will (for the first time in their lives) travel to Kyiv to paint their own plan of escape.