Kirill Marlinski in his Studio

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.

A series of curious events changed his life starting November 21st, 2013. Kirill has 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 war that followed. An outstanding historical moment to change society, the nation, the future – but it’s best to start with 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.