Konstantin Bessmertny

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Konstantin Bessmertny was born in 1964 in Blagoveshchensk, in the former USSR. Now based in Macau and Hong Kong, Bessmertny is one of the most distinguished artists working in Asia today. His technical mastery, achieved after seven years of studying fine art in the grand academies of the former Soviet Union, combined with his detailed knowledge on a wide range of subjects—including literature, music, history and politics—lend his work exceptional intelligence and credibility.

Bessmertny’s work has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions, including 365: A Work a Day, at the Museu do Oriente, Lisbon (2014); Tempos de Grande Ignorancia—Trabalhos de Konstantin Bessmertny, at the Macau Museum of Art (2012); and Konstantin Bessmertny: Recent Works at the Macau Museum of Art (2007). Bessmertny was a finalist for the 2006 Sovereign Asian Art Prize; he represented Macau at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.

The artist’s work is included in numerous public and private collections; notably, the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Museum of Art, Macau; Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong; Mandarin Oriental, Macau; Fundação Oriente, Macau; BCM (Banco Comercial de Macau), Macau; Casino Lisboa (SJM Holding Limited), Macau; and Kee Club, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Causarum Cognitio. Philosophicus
    2009-2010
    oil on linen
    205 x 380 cm (81 x 148 ½ in)
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    In Rooms I First of All: No Sports
    2010
    oil on canvas
    40 x 60 cm (16 x 23 ½ in)
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    In Rooms IV
    2010
    oil on canvas
    40 x 60 cm (16 x 23 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    La Battaglia di Anghiari dell'Opera Perduta di Leonardo (Copy after Leonardo No. 8)
    2010
    acrylic on canvas, sand, Swarovski Crystal
    90 x 30 cm (36 x 12 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    La Battaglia di Anghiari dell'Opera Perduta di Leonardo (Copy after Leonardo No. 2)
    2009
    oil on canvas
    180 x 250 cm (71 x 98 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Memorabilis VII First of All: No Sports
    2009
    cigar box, mixed media
    17 x 28 cm (6 ½ x 11 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Art of Self Defence III
    2010
    mixed media on wood
    60 x 35 cm (23 ½ x 14 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Copia dal Perduto Cartone della Battaglia di Cascina di Michelangelo (Copy after Michelangelo No. 2)
    2009
    oil on canvas
    180 x 250 cm (71 x 98 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Prima Via
    2012
    Oil on wood
    38 x 72 cm (15 x 28 ½ in)
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    Chateau du Marechal de Sax. Anna Pavlovna's Room. 10 AM
    2011
    Oil on canvas
    62 x 91.5 cm (24 ½ x 36 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Remake: This is not Kulturny in the Afternoon
    2011
    Oil on canvas
    127.5 x 179 cm (50 ¼ x 70 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Dream of an Idiot, After Henri Rousseau's “Le Rêve”
    2011
    Oil on Canvas
    71x 71cm (28 x 28 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Battle of Vegas (Macau)
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    400 x 200 cm (157 ½ x 78 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Girls Rule!
    2013
    Oil, eye lashes, nail dress, etc. on canvas
    203 x 198 cm (79 ½ x 78 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Bakunin
    2012
    Oil on canvas, cigarette
    203 x 198 cm (79 ½ x 78 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    My Dear Leader E. Meets W.
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Times of Great Ignorance
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Small Show
    2013
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Leap into the Void. London version after Yves Klein
    2013
    mixed media on paper
    39 x 28 cm (15 ½ x 11 in) limited edition of 8
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    Project 365
    2012/2013
    mixed media on paper
    39 x 28 cm (15 ½ x 11 in) limited edition of 8
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Universal Decision Maker
    2013
    Oil on linen
    165 x 125 cm (65 x 49)
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    The High Priestess
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 20 cm (11 ¾ x 7 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Chariot
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    29 x 14.4 cm (11 ½ x 5 ¾ in )
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Strength (Abstain from Violence, Attain Nirvana)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    35 x 57 cm (13 ¾ x 22 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Justice (Gilty / Not Guilty)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    42 x 37 cm (16 ½ x 14 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The star (La Estrella)
    2016
    Oil on Woodboard
    34 x 25.5 cm (13 ¼ x 10 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Sun (Ganesha)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 17 cm (11 ¾ x 7 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The World
    2016
    Oil on violin
    32 x 19 cm (12 ½ x 7 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    King of Diamonds (Clementine in Bali)
    2014
    Oil on canvas
    17 x 15 cm (7 x 6 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Queen of Spades (Provocatio ad Populum)
    2014
    Oil on Birkin bag
    24 x 39 x 20 cm (9 ½ x 15 ¼ x 7 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Lovers (Gli Amanti Il Braghettone)
    2016
    Oil on canvas
    42 x 37 cm (16 ½ x 14 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    King of Spades (ping pong before swimming, swimming before breakfast)
    2015
    Oil on woodboard
    18 x 13 cm (7 x 5 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Babel HK: the World According to Four Evangelists and a Hong Kong Taxi Driver
    2015–16
    Oil on canvas
    249 x 151 cm (98 x 59 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Aedificium: Plenty
    2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas
    138 x 80 cm (54 ¼ x 31 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Aedificium: Kali Liberates the Ego
    2017
    Oil on canvas
    138 x 80 cm (54 ¼ x 31 ½ in)
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