Soviet avant-garde artist Alexander Labas entered the history of Soviet art as a romantic, praising the wonders of machinery of the young state. Indeed, everything at the time seemed marvelous, illuminated by bright sunshine and subservient to the power of the mind. Thus appeared the progress in the paintings of the artist, and in the best Soviet poetry. Undoubtedly, the main themes in the paintings of Labas – speed, movement and technical perfection.
According to biography of Alexander Labas, he studied at the Imperial Stroganov School of Industrial Art in the studio of F. Rerberg, then in the studio of I. Mashkov. Since 1917 he continued his studies at the State Art Studios (VHUTEMAS) in the workshops of F. Malyavin, Konchalovsky, Kazimir Malevich, Kandinsky, P. Kuznetsov, K. Istomin, and A. Lentulov. However, the same as many of his colleagues of the time, served as the artist of the 3rd Army of the Eastern Front (1919). Then, at the invitation of V. Favorsky taught painting and chromatics in the All-Union State art workshops (since 1924). In 1920 – 1930-ies engaged in stage design of performances at the Theater of the Revolution, named after VF Komissarzhevskaya and the State Jewish Theater (GOSET).
In addition, Alexander Labas made panoramas and dioramas for the Soviet pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris (1937), and the World’s Fair in New York (1939), as well as for the Main Pavilion of All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (1938-1941). Alexander Labas – one of the founding members of the OST (Society of Easel Artists).
Marija Šević graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade at 2011, where she received MA in painting.
As a scholar of the French government, she resided at l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the classes of professors Claude Closky and James Rielly.
She is a co-founding member of U10 art space in Belgrade, working on managing exhibitions and events.
She exhibited in solo and groups shows including Balkan Party, MAC gallery (Rome, 2017); HETEROTOPIA, Serbian House (London, 2017) Unsafe Colors, Studio 106 L.A (Los Angeles 2016); 'Parallel Vienna' (Vienna 2015); 'LISTE – Art Fair Basel' (Basel, 2015); 'Synthèse', French Cultural Center, (Belgrade, 2015); 'Giorni Felici', Casa Testori (Milan, 2014); 'It's hard to be..in time, 47. BITEF', Judical Academy (B elgrade, 2013); 'N a Cidade Deserta', The Alliance française (Brasilia, 2013)
Marija lives and work s in Belgrade.
Olga Soldatova is a well-known Moscow artist and one of the most recognizable Russian stylists, as well as being a popular figure in high-society. She divides her time between homes in Paris and Moscow and works both in Hong Kong and Russia. Graduate of the Moscow Institute of Architecture and the Ravenna Mosaic School, she has created and shown more than twenty fashion collections to great acclaim.
She works with felt, embroidery and bugle beads, making monumental mosaics of semi-precious stones. Her works on panel combine hundreds of gradations of the most expensive cut beads, which have the appearance of smalt. She draws her inspiration from the décor of the Moscow metro and the works of Alexander Deineka. Her airplanes made from beads, which were inspired by the mosaics of the Mayakovskaya metro station, became the must-have accessory of the glitterati in fashion capitals around the world.
Valery Chtak deconstructs what it means to be a celebrity: famous by face, famous by name, famous for what they stand for. Why are they even famous?
In this new collection prepared exclusively for the opening of SAAS, Chtak takes a new look at some of Britain's most recognised names. Mixing influences from Dadaism and absurd poetry, Chtak makes fun of the idea of being a celebrity, rejecting the logic and aesthetics of modern society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality and anti-bourgeois protest.