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Andriy Hir

Born 1988 in Uzhorod, Ukraine. He lives and works in Lviv. Hir received a diploma in architecture from the Lviv Polytechnic National University. From 2005 onward, he has participated in solo and group exhibitions such as the Neofolk project at the Gogolfest in Kyiv and the Art Moscow (both in 2012). Hir works in painting, street art, folklore, poetry and design.

Andriy Hir’s wall paintings draw from spiritual narratives, which he researches to trace them back past their known origin. He then transforms them according to his personal beliefs and morals into abstracted paintings populated by strange, unearthly creatures.

Recent exhibitions:

2012 – “Neofolk project”, Ya Gallery art center program of visual art presented as part of GOGOLFEST-2012

2012 – “WARHOL’S RELATIVES. Western Ukrainian Contemporary Art” , Ya Gallery Special Project at ART MOSCOW 2012, Moscow, Russia

2012 – “Black Circle festival ІІІ”, Yaremche, Ukraine

2011 – “Khir - zvir z gir”, solo project, Ya Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Hir creates a new mural originating from the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Following his special artistic practice, he transforms this story into an iconic image in which unidentifiable creatures represent metaphors for what might be the world of today, the past or the future.