About the artist
Pavlo Makov is a Ukrainian artist, a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, and a Laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine (2018). In 2022, Pavlo Makov took part in the opening of the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, where he presented the installation "Fountain of Exhaustion". He was born on August 28, 1958, in Leningrad in a family of doctors. He studied at an art school for three years. Until the eighth grade he was mainly interested in biology and literature. In 1974, he entered the Crimean Art School named after MS Samokish in Simferopol, which he graduated in 1979. From 1977 to 1978 he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, and from 1979 – at the Faculty of Graphics at the Kharkiv Art and Industrial Institute, which he graduated in 1984. As a child, Makov studied at a school with in-depth study of English and later worked with a teacher to whom he wrote letters from the army in English. For some time he worked as a master printer and taught. In 1988, the Sumy State Art Museum acquired three works by Makov. In the same year, Makov became a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine, and the following year won the Grand Prix at the All-Union Biennial of Easel Graphics in Kaliningrad. In 1991, four works by Makov were purchased by the Tretyakov Gallery. Since 1994, Makov has been a member of the Royal Society of Painters and Graphic Artists of Great Britain, where he taught at the Royal College of Art in the early 1990s.