Selected works by Sergey Pakhomov

Sergey Pakhomov
Russian Landscape


Acrylic on canvas, wood

Ten parts, each: 200 x 80 cm

A DIY, punk aesthetic runs through the work of Sergey Pakhomov, whether it be his outsiderish paintings, ranting microphone performances, or his notorious participation in underground cult films. Pakhomov utilises a lo-fi theatricality to present his own take on how to define the Russian tradition, defending a staunchly anti-commercial stance feeding on so-called vulgar, popular visual culture, and pointing to its embeddedness within a larger culture of the absurd.

Sergey Pakhomov
382 Sins


Acrylic and enamel on canvas

200 x 170 cm

Pakhomov’s multi-part paintings on wooden panels, such as the vibrant Russian Landscape, contain a faint echo of traditional altarpieces and fold-out icon paintings. But with their bold, expressionistic style combining text and image, they also mirror the immediacy of political posters and picket signs. Each of the ten panels illustrates scenes suggesting burning, violence and chaos, factory work and barren landscapes. These vignettes serve as a narrative backdrop, but the real star of the work is Pakhomov’s exuberant use of arresting, irregular lettering that captions each frame like an engorged, almost irrational headline.

Sergey Pakhomov
Ya Pakhom!


Fibreboard, acrylic, ink, spray enamel, varnish

16 parts, each: 40 x 60 cm

Repetition and the confection of a lunatic-like self-regard permeate much of Pakhomov’s practice. Ya Pakhom! [I, Pakhom] is made up of 16 smaller fibreboard panels encrusted with irregular geometric shapes and unified by a motto in yellow – his name, ludicrously dancing around each frame to the point where signature, and value, become nonsense speech. Pakhomov’s regard for the unsung and the irregular is highlighted in 382 Sins, in which strange blue shapes are framed by a litany of ‘sin’ written 382 times in undulating handwriting recalling the hand-made signs written and held up, like icons, in public spaces by society’s outcasts.

Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Sergey Pakhomov's Biography

Sergey Pakhomov
Born in 1966, Moscow
Lives and works in Moscow


Sergey Pakhomov, Pakhom Altare, Guelman Gallery, Moscow

Red Twig, ArtRaum Gallery, Moscow

Yellow, D137 Gallery, St.Petersburg
Bony Barin, Gallery Tseh V, Vinzavod, Moscow

We are already dead or Pizdulkin listening, D137 Gallery, St.Petersburg

Seasons, with Evgeny Semeyonov, Kultur Kontakt, Wien

Miniatyuri Sokolova, with Evgeny Semeyonov, Central House of Artist, Moscow


Gaiety is the most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

Russian Landscape, Guelman Gallery, Moscow

Alla Gloria Militar, Aircraft Gallery, Bratislava
Duel, Ruarts Gallery, Moscow
Art Therapy, State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow
Birth of Darwin, Darwin museum, Moscow

Neuve Zwerg, an der Berliner Mauer, East Side Gallery, Berlin
The 4th international Biennal, Konigsberg

To the memory of A.V.Kharitonov, State Tretjakov Gal. Moscow

Traditions and postmodernism, State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow

Art-expo 92, New York

Gruppenausstellung, Natan Fedorovskij Galerie, Berlin, Basel

Art contemporain, Ader Picard Tajan, Drouot Richelieu, Paris

First erotic exibition, Vasiliev's Theatre, Moscow

Iris, Club Avangardistov Gallary, Moscow

Alternative home exhibitions, Moscow