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Kirill Marlinski was born in 1983 in Kiev in the USSR, grew up in Ukraine, Germany and the USA, went to six schools, two universities and moved more than 15 times before settling in Kyiv. A constantly changing environment played a key role in shaping Kirill, forced him to adapt (not always smoothly) and provided an unconventional set of perspectives. Before he became a professional artist he played a variety of roles such as a foreign language teacher, market analyst, recruiter, salesman, team leader, manager, fundraiser, political activist, volunteer, revolutionary.

Kirill Marlinski in his Studio

A series of curious events changed his life starting November 21st, 2013. Kirill quit all commercial activity to focus full time on activism and volunteering for what became known as the Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity. He took part in the Automaidan movement and co-founded NGO “Automaidan Kyiv”. The revolution ignited streets outside and the soul within… During this time of drastic change, through organizing mass demonstrations and manifestations, Kirill rediscovered his affinity for Art, which has been hidden under layers of compromise for about twelve years. It’s been a long quiet before the storm of creativity erupted like a volcano in the midst of the ocean causing huge tsunami waves to wash away all that’s been done giving Kirill a fresh canvas for a new stage of life. The life of an artist.

Not surprisingly, among the initial topics in his Art were social issues raised during Euromaidan, the Revolution of Dignity and the russian warfare that followed. An outstanding historical moment to change society, the nation, the future – but primarily the self. Somewhere in between mixing molotov cocktails, designing posters and banners for protests, making politically charged stencils, spraying graffiti, organizing public performances and manifestations on an international scale Kirill’s brush touched the canvas and opened the gates to the new love of his life – oil painting. Kirill found a state of mind, where change, transformation and vulnerability could be freely embraced to become transcendental characteristics within his paintings – the common denominators for abstraction and realism.

Kirill has become passionately devoted to Art. He explores metaphysical and psychological aspects from his many imperfect perspectives. Some of his works unveil truths, curiosities or subtle meanings, while others conceal the blatantly evident. Kirill considers perfection to be a flaw, beauty – a coincidence, rules – to be broken, transformation, contradiction and learning – permanent. He believes that originality is the greatest value in Art and he pursues it in his calling.

Bio

1983 Born in Kiev
1985 Chernobyl
1995 Moved to Berlin
1999 Moved to Chicago
2001 University of Chicago U-High
2001 Moved to DC
2001-2004 GWU – School of Business and Public Management
2001-2002 Berlitz – Foreign language teacher
2002-2004 Georgetown Tobacco – Sales
2004 Moved to Kyiv
2004-2007 NAU – Faculty for Management and Logistics
2004-2005 Herrenknecht GmbH – Market research
2005-2007 2nd Lieutenant of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
2005-2007 Avantgarde GmbH – Project management
2005-2007 Duvon Inc. – Recruiting
2007-2013 Marcus Evans – Luxury Services Sales
2008-2009 InterComp – B2B Services Sales
2009-2010 Vents – Manufacturer Export Wholesales
2013-2014 Euromaidan & the Revolution of Dignity – Revolutionary Activist
2014-2017 NGO “Automaidan Kyiv” – Co-Founder, Volunteer
Since 2014 Pro Artist

Exhibitions

2014 West Wing Project – Demonstrations and performances in Austria, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland
2015 Group – Charity event for Children’s Cardiologic Center at Art Arsenal in Kiev
2015 Group – “Passacaglia” oil painting at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
2016 Solo – “Behind the Mask” at Frenchie’s in Kiev
2017-2018 Solo – “Great Unmasking” at GiZ, U-Lead Headquarters in Kiev
2018 Group – “Wild Stories” at Pavlovka Gallery in Kiev

Selected Publications

2014/07/29 Arina Makarova, Interview, “…regarding Donbass and Mistrals”, Radio France Intl., France
2014/08/06 Alyona Kachan, “Automaidan came to Berlin”, RFE/RL Radio Svoboda, Czech Republic
2014/08/07 Lidia Akryshora, “European Tour of Ukrainian Automaidan”, Deutsche Welle, Germany
2014/08/13 Kateryna Kovalenko, “Protest on Wheels…”, PLATFOR.MA, Ukraine
2015/09/22 Jackie Greene, “New Venue for ArtPrize”, FOX 17 TV, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
2015/09/28 Casey Jones, “ArtPrize Adventures…”, NBC WOOD TV, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
2017/10/25 Anna Parovatkina, “Decentralisation and Art”, Day, Ukraine
2017/10/30 Anna Arhipova, “Points of Contact”, I-PRO, Ukraine
2017/11/01 Natalia Kryazh, “Kirill Marlinski: With Masks and Without”, TV Park #44/2017, Ukraine

Collections

A number of oil paintings and drawings are in private collections in Ukraine, Germany, USA and Japan.
The best ever original “Mistral” poster designed for and belongs to the French Embassy in Kiev.