Nikolay was born in Moscow in 1987 into a family of artists.
1997 - 2004 Graduated from the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum at Surikov State Art Academy in Moscow, Russia with specialization in painting.
2004-2010 Graduated with Master's Degree from the School of Monumental Decorative Painting of the Stroganov State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts in Moscow, Russia.
2012-2014 Graduated with MFA degree at the New York Academy of Art.
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, as in the case of the wall, smudges and 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 realised that everything here had been changed 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 Master’s Degree at the New York Academy of Art. In 2013 the artist was nominated by the Dedalus Foundation (New York) for his works in the project 26.
Nikolay Koshelev was born in Moscow in 1987. He graduated from the Stroganov State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts in 2010, specialising in monumental and decorative art, and graduated with a Master's Degree from the New York Academy of Art in 2014, specialising as a painter. In 2014 he was nominated by the Dedalus Foundation. He is the founder of the non-profit international foundation White Circle Foundation for work with young American artists.
Lives and works in New York.
Take Home A Nude, Sotheby's, New York, 2014;
Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, 2014;
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt 2014 in New York, Sotheby's, New York, 2014;
Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, 2014;
The Franklin Project, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, 2014;
MFA (Master Fellowship Award) 2014, New York Academy of Art, New York, 2014.