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Born in 1968 in Lugansk. Lives and works in Moscow. One of the pioneers of media art in Russia. Began his career as an artist in 1991, after graduating from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (specialization – technical engineer, satellite system engineer). From 1991 to 1994, was a member of the artist community at 12 Petrovsky Boulevard. During this time worked on a series of exhibitions and organized the first public art project Art Belongs to the People that utilized the billboard of the then-nascent advertisement industry. From 1994 to 2004, created a series of multimedia and interactive installations with Vladislav Efimov, the most notable of which were included in the collections of the NCCA in Moscow (Genetic Gymnastics) and MMOMA (Bubbles, Commutation).

In 2005, organized the workshop gallery Electroboutique at the ARTStrelka cultural center together with Alexey Shulgin (pioneer of net art). ARTStrelka was a Moscow art center that existed from 2004 to 2009 near Patriarch Bridge, on the site where the Red October sweets factory garages were originally located. ARTStrelka was succeeded by the Strelka Institute. Media art pieces were created as part of the Electroboutique. These works were later exhibited at the London Science Museum, Trondheim Art Museum, Television Museum in Oslo, Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, as well as numerous festivals, including Transmediale, ArchStoyanie, and many others. Chernyshev participated in the 4th Moscow Biennale (curator – Peter Weibel), Asian Art Biennale Meditation 2011, 5th Seoul Mediacity Biennale. Awarded the Kandinsky Prize in 2009. Participated in numerous group exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Organized more than 20 solo exhibition projects. The artist’s works can be viewed in museum and private collections, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, MAMM, MMOMA, Moscow Museum, Stella Art Foundation, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation.

Since 2011, teaches media art at the Rodchenko School. In 2014, established the ElectroMuseum with Alexey Shulgin.

Creates media sculptures, interactive objects, mixed technique objects that utilize 3D printing and other technologies, videos, and conceptual sci-fi/speculative art projects. The art of Chernyshev is focused on information in a broad sense. The artist considers and deconstructs informational flows, creates concepts for gadgets and new services relating to the development of social networks, genetic engineering, and other technologies.

Big Head from Ancient Times. 2020.
Mixed technique. 1.9 х 2.1 х 3.3 m
From the INTECO collection

One of the titles granted to Alexander the Great was Helios or the Sun King. The idealized portrait features characteristically Alexander’s unkempt thick hair, tied up with a ribbon. The ribbon has holes that serve to hold the scintillating metallic crown. That’s the way contemporaries saw the statue. We have to use the power of our imagination to reconstruct the other missing elements.