Gregori Maiofis

"A Taste for Russian Ballet"

January 17 - April 4, 2015

Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographic prints from Russian artist Gregori Maiofis. The exhibition is the first for the artist at the gallery and includes a curated selection of large-scale Bromoil prints from the series Proverbs and the debut of several new works. 

 

Gregori Maiofis (Russia, b. 1970) comes from a family lineage of artists and architects including his father, the renowned graphic artist, Mikhail Maiofis, who nurtured artistry early in his son’s life. Maiofis is a classically trained printmaker and graphic artist who began his first photographic projects in 2000. Printmaking is still an integral part of the artist’s oeuvre, which following experimentation with gelatin silver prints and several alternative processes, led to his now prominent use of bromoil and bromoil transfer printing. Common among the Pictorialist masters of the early 20th Century, the bromoil process allows the artist unique aesthetic abilities to manually control the color, tone and texture of the final picture on various surfaces.

 

In the series “Proverbs” (Monograph available, Nazraeli Press, 2014) the artist uses proverb texts of various origins and visually interprets and conceptualizes them in whimsical staged compositions. Often working with trained animals including elephants, monkeys and predominantly a bear named Funt, Maiofis creates a new reality of interplay between human and animal. Several of the prints on view depict a dialogue of ballet between a Russian ballerina and the bear who appears thoroughly enthused by the performance before him.

 

Maiofis attended the Repin Fine Arts Academy, St. Petersburg where he studied old masters before pursuing work in oil painting. In 1991 Maiofis moved to the Los Angeles to expand his cultural exposure and further develop his practice before he returned to St. Petersburg. Since 1989, Maiofis has had solo exhibitions in Russia, the United States, and across Europe including the George Eastman House, Rochester, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Musee de I’Elysee, Lausanne, and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. His work is many museum and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, the Novy Museum, St. Petersburg, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, Sephiroth Foundation, Zurich, Societe Generale Private Banking, Geneva, and the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro among others. Maiofis is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Los Angeles, California.