Gregori Maiofis


presented by Barbarian Art

Born in 1970 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lives and works in St. Petersburg

The artist, who grew up and studied in St. Petersburg, the capital of classical museum style, had to make his way from the academic art through the American school of new art techniques in order to return to classicism at a new level. Maiofis’s art is derived from and deeply rooted in the artist’s reflections on the timeless philosophical issues that confront human beings. Inspired by his study of literature and history, he ably posits difficult truths framed with wit and humor that transcend cultural and geographical boundaries.

The approach used by Maiofis is notable because he employs not only the “old”  method of photo printing, but also the 'old' mechanism of generating meaning; he revives once more such a  relationship between the image and meaning (text) that had been a taboo in the high art of photography since photography gained a status of 'high art'.

Selected museum collections:

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Santa Barbara Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara, California

Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

Gregori Maiofis, Know Thyself, 2008, unique bromoil print, mounted on canvas, 106 x 92 cm