Tonka, a Russian gallery for emerging artists, opens in Paris

Tonka, a Russian gallery for emerging artists, opens in Paris
Image: Love Like Communist China, Ep. 1 by Xenia Obukhowski

5 November 2020

A new gallery promoting emerging Russian artists has opened in Paris.

Launched by Russian arts journalist Natalia Kudryavtseva and Mexican art manager Elisa Fierro, Tonka Gallery hopes to break clichés about Russian art.

“There are many stereotypes and biases about Russia that harm the image of the country in general and its culture as well,” Kudryavtseva told The Calvert Journal. “There are so many talents out there and we wanted to show this new wave of contemporary Russian artists in France and globally.”

Showing the works of seven creatives, Tonka Gallery gets its name from the Russian word for ‘fine’ and ‘subtle’.

Among the artists featured, Lentov, also known as Elena Fuks, makes freeing and brightly coloured Cy Twombly-esque paintings, Moscow-based Misha Nikatin excels at architectural painting, while Xenia Obukhowski creates striking gender-fluid, manga-inspired acrylic and oil paintings.

“All of them have very different styles, methods, and concepts, but what unites them is their sensitivity to the contemporary world’s beauty, concerns, and drama,” Kudryavtseva added.

Find out more here.

Image: Samurai-classmates meeting, by Anton Totibadze
Image: Violet Vase 0093, by Maria Egorova
Image: We Are Children, by Lentov
Image: Maria Egorova
Image: Hidden Meaning, by Lentov
Image: Three, by Masha Yankovskaya
Image: Blue Chair, by Misha Nikatin
Image: Villa, by Misha Nikatin
Image: Maria Egorova with her works
Image: 11 snails, by Anton Totibadze
Image: Love Like Communist China, Ep. 3, Xenia Obukhowski
Image: Autumn, by Alexandra Pasternak

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