Gregori Maiofis, Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows, 2005
Bromoil transfer / Bromoil transfer
Dimensioni / Size: 45x45cm
Edizione / Edition: 13/15
Courtesy: Shtager Gallery/Gregori Maiofis
St.Petersburg / Russia
Gregori Maiofis was born in 1970 in Leningrad to a family of artists: his father, M. S. Maiofis (1939)—book illustrator, graphic artist, painter; grandparents, S. G. Maiofis (1911–1968) and O. A. Ugryumova (1913–2009)—architects. From his childhood Gregory was taught drawing, painting, and printmaking by his father. In 1987–1990 he studied in the I. E. Repin Institute (Academy of Arts) in St. Petersburg, Faculty of Graphics. In 1991–1995 he lived in the US. Gregory's works have been exhibited since 1989. His first personal exhibition took place in the USA in 1993; first one in Russia—in 1995. He currently lives and works in Saint-Petersburg. Gregory Maiofis tried a variety of media: painting, graphics, video, and photography. The latter has become his prime means of artistic expression since the early 2000s. In 2000–2002 he created his first photographic project—Krylov's Fables, followed by Tarot Decks (2003), Life Is Everywhere (2003), and Artist and Model (2004). His Proverbs series created in 2005–2015 received Betty and Jim Kasson Award from the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, in 2006. In 2008 and 2009 he was nominated for Kandinsky Prize, Russian national award in the field of contemporary art. In 2011 his first retrospective exhibition and presentation of Artist and Model: Experience of Interpretation took place in Novy Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the summer of 2014 a monograph based on Maiofis's world-famous series Proverbs was published by Nazraeli Press (USA). Next book by the same publisher—The Taste for Russian Ballet (2017) —featured arguably the best known works by Maiofis with a bear and a ballet dancer.
In 2013 his personal exhibition in the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum took place. The most recent series of works by Gregori Maiofis entitled “Mixed Reality” was shown by Novy Museum, Saint Petersburg, in 2019. In 2020 Gregori Maiofis received the Higashikawa Overseas Award by the Higashikawa Photo Festival, Japan. Artworks by Maiofis are in museum collections in Russia, USA, and Europe, as well as private and corporate collections across the world. He has participated in numerous international festivals and exhibitions of photography and contemporary art in Russia, Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.