Kirill Marlinski
Kirill Marlinski

Marlinski believes that every painting and every artwork that he creates is a part of his flesh and blood, it is filled with thoughts and feelings, it consists of time and exists on own terms, it is alive to share and is free to transform its meaning through time and in dialogue with us – the viewers, the art lovers, the collectors. His desire to create and possess artwork that the world has never before seen has transformed into a profound need to share.

“I’m grateful to have witnessed how my paintings inspire contemplation, conversations, delve into open minds and let people search for personal interpretations and discover amazing stories. I am on a mission to sow the seeds of rumination far beyond our lifetime.”

The seeds are sprouting already creating valuable insights and when we think that we’re done, another twist uncovers new points of view and broadens horizons. We write history and we preserve it for our heirs through our deeds, the systems and the legacies that we create. As much as time is the great equalizer delimiting our beginning and the end, through art we are timeless.

I have heard about Kirill Marlinski before, but in a context not connected to Art. He became one of the founders of NGO “Automaidan Kyiv” during the Revolution of Dignity. Later he toured across Europe with the volunteer-run “West Wing Project” to acquaint Europeans with an unknown Ukraine, which is fighting for freedom, liberty, for Europe. However, his mentions of these services and other merits were not ostentatious. Kirill turned out surprisingly modest – this polyglot and intellectual from Kyiv.
“After Maidan something changed within me,” – confesses Marlinski. – “I couldn’t just make money any longer. I left a good carreer… now I only do Art and feel absolutely gratified.” 
Neither did he brag about his new calling turning out very successful. Just in three years his works have been displayed at several galleries including the Art Arsenal (Kyiv, Ukraine) and the famous contest-festival ArtPrize7 (Grand Rapids, MI, USA). Marlinski’s artworks are in private collections in the USA, Germany, Japan, as well as, in the French Embassy in Ukraine. The artist creates stunning, masterful, neo-expressionist works, skillfully playing with color and the sub-conscious. 
The Marlinski sense of color is amazing: the harmony of vivid, bold combinations brings to mind the canvases of the legendary Vasily Kandinsky. Well, as for the power of influence on the audience, the Kiev artist owes it to a notable love of optical illusions, Op art and a working “game” with mythological, poetical characters and images. For example, his series “The Great Unmasking” is much more than a “shamanic” geometry of masks – figures keep emerging from the background as if they escaped a dream. You view the painting as if you are listening to a fantastic story.

Anna Parovatkina, День (En. DAY newspaper), Kyiv, Ukraine


Solo Exhibitions
2017-2018 “Great Unmasking” at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Kyiv, Ukraine)
2016 “Present” at Frenchie’s (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Group Shows
2018 “Wild Stories” at Pavlovka Art Gallery (Kyiv, Ukraine)
2015 Charity show for Children’s Cardiologic Center at Art Arsenal (Kyiv, Ukraine)
2015 “Passacaglia” oil painting at ArtPrize (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)

2014 “The West Wing Project” – Conceived, staffed, organized, financed and executed an international collaborative socio-politically motivated project. Directed demonstrations and performances in Kiev, Lublin, Krakow, Warsaw, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin.

A number of oil paintings and drawings are in private collections in Ukraine, Germany, Japan and USA; an original poster print in the French Embassy in Kiev.

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

Professional Experience
Since 2014   Artist
2013 – 2015 The Activism Years
– “The West Wing Project” – co-founder
– NGO “Automaidan Kyiv” – co-founder
– Activist, volunteer, fundraiser
1999 – 2013 The Commercial Years
Played management, sales and business development, HR and other roles at THG/MarcusEvans (UA/UK), Vents (UA), Intercomp (UA/RU), Herrenknecht (UA/DE), Berlitz (USA), Georgetown Tobacco (USA), ViaCube (UA/USA) etc.

2004-2007 Mag. Management, National Aviation University, Ukraine
2001-2004 International Business, George Washington University, DC, USA

Linguistic Skills
Fluent in English, German, Russian, Ukrainian