Nikolay was born in Moscow in 1987 into a family of artists.
Koshelev was inspired to create the project ’26’ after seeing a city wall - smudges of graffiti on old cracked paint resembled an independent work of art that had been destroyed and thereby transformed.
Koshelev has transferred this effect to his own works, with the aesthetics of the destruction of substance and form serving as the overriding principle. In his works the artist uses sheets of aluminium and canvas, containing, elements of graffiti, and depicting surrealistic desert spaces incorporating objects from the urban environment and incidental characters: a drained swimming pool, a basketball hoop, a passer-by, a horseman, and the silhouettes of unfamiliar entities. Nikolay Koshelev: «We perceive more than 60% of our artistic and historical heritage in a completely different way to the original conceptions of its creators. In the hall of ancient art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I suddenly realized that everything here had been shaped by the forces of destruction and loss: chipped ceramics, broken busts and sculptures damaged by corrosion and degradation. We will never know how they looked at the time of their creation - now they are different objects, in a different language, one that destroys and at the same time creates something new.» The artist started working on this topic three years ago during his studies for his Mater’s Degree at the New York Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts in 2010, specializing in monumental and decorative art, and graduated with a Master’s Degree from the New York Academy of Art in 2014, specializing as a painter. He is the founder of the non-profit international foundation Dinamika Enterprise for work with young American artists. Lives and works in New York.
Exhibitions, Auctions and Art Fairs
08 June 2018 “Off White” Charity Auction
Phillips Auction House / Cosmoscow
28 February - 11 March
Leo Kuelbs Collection, New York
Phillips Auction House, New Now
28 February 2018
Art Los Angeles Contemporary January 24-27, 2019, The Barker Hangar, 2017
LAZY MIKE GALLERY NEW YORK - MOSCOW DECEMBER 01 - 29 SOLO SHOW «CLEANING»
LAZY MIKE GALLERY Cosmoscow 2017 Sep 8th - 10th 2017
Eis am Stiel, Marie von Papen Gallery, Frankfurter Allee 21 - 23, Berlin, German
Three single shows and one group show presented by Marie von Papen
LOCATION REFSHALEOEN Refshalevej 173A 1432 Copenhagen DATE
27.09.17 - 01.10.17
Der gestiefelte Kater, Marie von Papen Gallery, NYC, 202 Coffey Street Studios, Brooklyn, New York
Solo Show Triumph Gallery ’26’ Moscow 29 January - 27 February
Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, 2014
The Faberge Big Egg Hunt 2014 in New York, Sotheby’s, New York
Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York
The Franklin Project, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York
MFA (Master Fellowship Award) 2014, New York Academy of Art, New York
Graduated from the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum at Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, Russia with specialization in painting.
Graduated with Master’s Degree from the School of Monumental Decorative Painting of the Stroganov State Academy
Graduated with MFA Degree from the School of Monumental Decorative Painting of the Stroganov state Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts in Moscow, Russia.
Graduated with MFA degree at the New York Academy of Art.