The starting point for the „Odessa conceptualism“ was the meeting of „the founding father of the Odessa conceptualism” Leonid Voytsehov and Sergei Anufriev in 1982. Then Vladimir Fedorov, Yuriy Leiderman, Igor Chatskin, Lyudmila Skripkina and Oleg Petrenko, Alexey Muzychenko, Larissa Rezun-Zvezdochetova, Igor Stepin, Svetlana Martynchik,Dmitriy Nuzhin and others appeared on the scene. Their art existed in a hangout „hippie“ version: with endless „sitting together“, walking on the streets, calling at the workshops and generating new “unrealizable” ideas. They looked at art as at a way of life, and regarded their works mostly not as works of art, but as the attributes of the style, a way of communication, a byproduct of their communications system. These were the signs and signals sent to each other. As a consequence of these meetings some series of joint works appeared: Voytsehov’s texts, illustrated with drawings by Anufriev or Leiderman.

In 1987 S.Anufriev and Yu.Leiderman together with P. Pepperstein from Moscow founded a group, called „Inspection“ Medical Hermeneutics“, which played a prominent role in the Moscow art situation. The artistic practice of „Medical Hermeneutics“ can not be described in terms of the usual classification by genre. It includes manufacturing of art objects, performances, writing texts and just maintaining a friendly conversation in the circle of people „describing its edges with jointly produced complex language practices“ (P. Pepperstein).


1986  Moscow, Sergey Anufriev was elected the head of the Avant-garde Club.

1987  he participated in the project “Pop Mechanics” and together with Jury Leiderman from Odessa and a moscovite Pavel Pepperstein established the group “Inspection Medical Hermeneutics”. In 1988 he joined the project “Iskunsstvo” (Berlin-Moscow).

1989  an expedition on the Crimean together with S. Bugaev (Africa), a start of works on the project “Donaldestraction”.

1991  Sergey Anufriev becomes a founder of an art group “Cloudy Commission”. The group participated in the Venice Biennale and was represented by an Italian gallery “Sprovieri”.

1994-1997  Sergey Anufriev delivers lectures in different art colleges in Western Europe.

1996  Sergey Anufriev in cooperation with Eugene Shelipovskiy and Andrey Sobolev created Tartu group in Moscow, an artistic association producing secret practices in modern art.

1997  the Tochka gallery saw the KCS project (King Solomon’s Copies). In 1998 in Odessa Anufriev founded the Kosa group with its primary task to establish probabilistic thinking of a creative personality.

2001-2002  Sergey Anufriev worked as an art director in the Gelman Gallery in Kiev, then in Moscow. In 2003 he moved to St. Pete to carry out some experimental projects with Sergey Bugaev (Africa). In 2004 together with his friends he founded a Russian artistic society to engage in developing of new pictorial practices.

2007  paticipation in the exhibition “I believe”, 2nd Moscow Biennuale of Modern Art.

Lives and works in Moscow. The participant of the Gaz Group.

Foundation of a new trend – Patternism. „Patternism Manifest“.

„Art-Raiders“ – collective project in Flip-market of Odessa.

2008  „Declaration of Patternism“. Group show in London galltry – exhibiting of first patternistic serie – „Pleroma“.

2009  „Calling for Patternism“ and other texts on Patternism. Shows his remake of 1983 work „Good artist – Dead artist“ in a group show with a same name, project of „Ru.Arts.“ gallery.

2010  Personal show in Guelman gallery(february)“Pleroma“ serie. Curatorship in Odessa Biennale(august). Participating in „Art Kijev“, „Jack Pot“ serie.

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