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A graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rueil-Malmaison in Paris, and a student of many colleges and universities, Ivan Loungiune moved with his parents to Paris at the age of 13. He says that the decision to do arts came to him rather accidentally on the set of “Line of Life” – a film his father, Pavel Lungin, was directing. Ivan’s decision to devote himself to in arts had some serious consequences. For ten years the younger Loungiune worked as an “art consultant”, set decorator, film editor, and production designer.
His French college taught him to think in projects and series rather than isolated works, and reinforced his leftist politics, the only outlook possible for a creative person. Loungiune’s other school influences were Natalia Nesterova and Vladimir Brainin who taught there. They advised his parents not to ruin the talented child with the dressage of Russian art school. The lyrical tradition of the Russian 1970ies painting school can be discerned in his artistic manner: Loungiune’s vision of the world is dark and hopeless, and his emotionally charged paintings are muted in color and sparing of detail. However, unlike his predecessors, Loungiune values spontaneity and natural gesture, and does not want his works to have a too finished, too “fixed”, perfectly crafted look. His cityscapes of a dark and dirty town don’t give the viewer enough detail to tell whether it’s Paris or Moscow but what’s clear is one cannot keep on living in places like this. After moving back to Moscow Loungiune exhibited painted folding beds at the Schusev Museum of Architecture (the exhibition was called “Sleeper Neighborhood”); used sacks at ArtStrelka to barricade access to his own paintings done on unstretched canvas with ragged ripped-off edges. Practically as soon as he started exhibiting, Loungiune was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize.
Born in Moscow in 1979.
Attended l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rueil-Malmaison.
Studied at M. Burdzhelian, N. Nesterova, V. Brainin’s workshops
Since 1992 lives in Moscow and Paris.
2005 Galerie Mailletz, Paris
2006 Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris
2007 “Sleeping area”. Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
2009 “Ех barricades”. Art-Strelka projects, Moscow
2010 “Dots”. Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow; “Second Breath”. Open Gallery, Moscow
2012 “Ex Muros...”. Galerie l'Aleatoire, Paris, France; “Asthenia”. Open Gallery, Moscow
2008 “Arte Contro”. Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Roverto, Italy
2009 “Kandinsky Prize 2009 nominees”. Central House of Artists, Moscow
2011 “A Close Look Changes the Object”. Open Gallery, Moscow; “Pod UNDER”. Polytechnic Museum, Moscow
2013 “Infinitive”. Moscow Schusev Architecture Museum, Moscow
“The Expancion of the Obeject”. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
“Ponaekhali” (They came). Roza Azora Gallery, Moscow
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
Alberto Sandretti Foundation, Milan