"Exit 4"

2021, multiple colour intaglio, graphite pencil, colour pencils, colour ink, acrylic, paper42 x 32 cm

Pavlo Makov enjoys a unique place in the Ukrainian art environment, which is due to his ability to merge decisive non-standard artistic thinking with his powerful artistic skill. In the technique of etching he reached an impressive perfection. Through the technique of multiple ‘intaglio’, numerous graphic images are combined into one composition, becoming either a botanical atlas or a geographical map, and sometimes a diary of events and meetings. Formally, Makov explores topographic structures.

Anatoly Kryvolap

About the artist

Pavlo Makov (b. 1958) – Ukrainian artist, currently based in his hometown Kharkiv, Ukraine. A Member of the Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers (UK), the Funen Graphic Workshop in Denmark and the Artist's Union of Ukraine, a Member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, and Ukraine’s representative at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022), with his artwork the “Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Alta”. In the early 1990s, the artist was invited to teach at the Royal College of Art in London. He is a laureate of the Silver Medal of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (2009) and the Shevchenko Prize (2018).
Since 1992, the artist has been working on his grandiose project "Chronicles of Utopia". This work grows from one form to another, develops, but never stops.
"My interpretation of the word "Utopia" differs from the classical understanding of this term as a certain impossible future. In fact, I see Utopia as what we have now, as the present. We have nothing more real than Utopia." – Pavlo Makov
Makov’s works have been repeatedly exhibited at auctions and major national and international exhibitions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the National Art Gallery (Kyiv), the Center for Contemporary Art (Osaka), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Ibiza), the National Gallery (Washington) and the Library of Congress (Washington), to name just a few.