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 II
    2009
    oil on canvas
    40 x 50 cm (16 x 19 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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    La Battaglia di Anghiari dell'Opera Perduta di Leonardo (Copy after Leonardo No. 5)
    2009
    oil on canvas
    60 x 120 cm (23 ½ x 47 in)
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    Memorabilis V
    2005
    cigar box, mixed media
    19 x 29 cm (7 ½ x 11 ½ in)
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    Memorabilis VI I Say
    2009
    cigar box, mixed media
    15.5 x 24.5 cm (6 x 9 ½ in)
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    Memorabilis VII First of All: No Sports
    2009
    cigar box, mixed media
    17 x 28 cm (6 ½ x 11 in)
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    The Art of Self Defence II
    2010
    oil on wood
    65 x 38 cm (25 ½ x 15 in)
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    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. 8)
    2010
    photo, collage
    15 x 45 cm (6 x 17 ½ 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
    Copia dal Perduto Cartone della Battaglia di Cascina di Michelangelo (Copy after Michelangelo No. 5)
    2009
    oil on canvas
    60 x 120 cm (23 ½ x 47 in)
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    In Rooms III Denial in Elegant Setting
    2010
    oil on canvas
    40 x 60 cm (16 x 23 ½ in)
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    Accuser
    2008
    mixed media
    130 x 63 x 85 cm (51 x 25 x 33 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Senza Titolo. Patenonkel
    2011 Macau
    Oil on canvas
    42.5 x 50 cm (16 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)
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    Prima Via
    2012
    Oil on wood
    38 x 72 cm (15 x 28 ½ in)
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    Proposition
    2012
    Oil and gold leaf on wood
    38 x 72 cm (15 x 28 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    E. Meets W. Lost in Translation
    2011
    Oil on canvas
    50 x 50 cm (19 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    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
    Ambush, After Henri Rousseau's Combat de Tigre et Buffle
    2011
    Oil on Canvas
    71x 71cm (28 x 28 in)
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    The Battle of Vegas (Macau)
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    400 x 200 cm (157 ½ x 78 ¾ in)
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    Girls Rule!
    2013
    Oil, eye lashes, nail dress, etc. on canvas
    203 x 198 cm (79 ½ x 78 in)
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    Bakunin
    2012
    Oil on canvas, cigarette
    203 x 198 cm (79 ½ x 78 in)
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    Black & White Conspiracy
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
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    The Great Game
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
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    My Dear Leader E. Meets W.
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
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    Blue Canary
    2010
    Oil on canvas
    74 x 54 cm (29 x 21 ¼ in)
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    Times of Great Ignorance
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Rasputin
    2013
    Oil on canvas, Swarovski crystals
    68 x 66 cm (26 ¾ x 26 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    One of You
    2011/2012
    3D technology, mixed media
    35 x 35 x 50 cm (13 ¾ x 13 ¾ x 19 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    You are Being Watched
    2013
    Mixed media
    10 x 15 x 20 cm (4 x 6 x 8 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Bet
    2008
    mixed medium; gambling chips
    205 x 40 x 12 cm (81 x 1.5 x 5 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    You are What You Eat
    2013
    Mixed media
    5 x 15 x 15 cm (2 x 6 x 6 in)
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    We Were all Cheated
    Skull and bones
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Small Show
    2013
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Leap into the Void. London version after Yves Klein
    2013
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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
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    Universal Decision Maker
    2013
    Oil on linen
    165 x 125 cm (65 x 49)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    You are Being Watched (Accuser)
    2011/2013
    Mixed media
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Magician
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    34.5 x 27 cm (13 ½ x 10 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The High Priestess
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 20 cm (11 ¾ x 7 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Emperor
    2015
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    35 x 23 x 16 cm (13 ¾ x 9 x 6 ¼ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Chariot
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    29 x 14.4 cm (11 ½ x 5 ¾ in )
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    Strength (Abstain from Violence, Attain Nirvana)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    35 x 57 cm (13 ¾ x 22 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Hermit (5th Reason in Proof of the Existence of God)
    2016
    Oil on Panel
    34 x 27 cm (13 ½ x 10 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Justice (Gilty / Not Guilty)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    42 x 37 cm (16 ½ x 14 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Death (ou La Mort)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 22.5 cm (11 ¾ x 8 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The star (La Estrella)
    2016
    Oil on Woodboard
    34 x 25.5 cm (13 ¼ x 10 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Moon
    2016
    Oil on Woodboard
    34.5 x 27 cm (13 ½ x 10 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Sun (Ganesha)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 17 cm (11 ¾ x 7 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Judgement (The Last Trump)
    2016
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    56 x 15 cm (22 x 6 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The World
    2016
    Oil on violin
    32 x 19 cm (12 ½ x 7 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Ace of Diamonds (Monument to 8th International (after Tatlin))
    2015
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    27 x 14 x 12 cm (10 ½ x 5 ½ x 4 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Jack of Diamonds (Left is Right)
    2015
    Bronze
    27 x 18 x 11 cm (10 ½ x 7 x 4 ¼ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Queen of Diamonds (Girls Rule!)
    2013
    Oil and cheap jewelery on canvas
    68 x 62 cm (26 ¾ x 24 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 Clubs (Nu)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    28 x 27 cm (11 x 10 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Jack of Hearts (Right is Wrong)
    2015
    Bronze
    29 x 20 x 11 cm (11 ½ x 7 ¾ x 4 ¼ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Knight of Hearts (Amour Forever)
    2016
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    35 x 9 x 9 cm (13 ¾ x 3 ½ x 3 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Queen of Hearts (French Connections)
    2015
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    35 x 70 x 44 cm (13 ¾ x 27 ½ x 17 ¼ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    King of Hearts (Mahler N6)
    2015
    Bronze
    49 x 31 x 29 cm (19 ¼ x 12 ¼ x 11 ½ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Ace of Spades (three litres of water from Yangtze Riber and three cubic decimeter of Beijing air) (2three litres of water from Yangtze River and three cubic decimeter of Beijing air)
    2016
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    29 x 25 x 13 cm (11 ½ x 9 ¾ x 5 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
    The Empress (Black Rose)
    2016
    Oil on canvas
    12 cm (4 ¾ in) (diameter)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    The Hanged Man (The Hanged Man of Acupuncture)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 18 cm (11 ¾ x 7 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Temperance (More than 80 Years Together)
    2016
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    57 x 8 x 8 cm ( 22 ½ x 3 x 3 in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Knight of Diamonds (Women of Napoleon)
    2011
    Low temperature glaze on white ceramics
    41 x 4.5 cm (16 x 1 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Knight of Clubs (Knights of Coins)
    2016
    Oil on woodboard
    30 x 20 cm (11 ¾ x 7 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    King of Clubs (Portrait of the Governor of Casino Republic)
    2015
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 45 cm (21 ½ x 17 ¾ in)
  • Konstantin Bessmertny
    Knight of Spades (Atarvaveda)
    2016
    Found, readymade and recycled object
    20 x 47 x 14 cm (7 ¾ x 18 ½ x 5 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)
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