Anton Karyuk is a Ukrainian multidisciplinary artist based in Vilnius. In his practice, the artist explores marginalised segments of society, identities and the dynamics of social ecology.

Anton was born in the city of Dnipro, where he received his master’s degree in Architecture. In 2015, he began his professional career as an artist creating abstract paintings, later changing his focus to multidisciplinary media such as installation, performance and video art. Anton has been living and working in Lithuania since 2017. In Vilnius, he is a part of the organising team of the annual queer festival Kreivės. In 2020, Anton studied at the Performance Department of the Academy of Arts in Poznan.

His artistic efforts interact dynamically with public contexts, fostering a deeper connection between art and society. In his visual narratives, Anton uses abstract artistic language and minimalist form, deftly manoeuvring between intimate and socially sensitive themes.

His multimedia works have been exhibited at international exhibitions, including the European Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (Italy), the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art (Poland), Mystetskyi Arsenal (Ukraine), Contemporary Art Centre, Atletika (Lithuania), Galerie Rasch (Germany), Kulturhuset Leoparden (Sweden) and others. Anton took part in the Helsinki International Artist Programme, was an artist in residence at the Nida Art Colony, twice received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture of Poland Gaude Polonia. The artist was shortlisted for the Ukrainian PinchukArtCentre Prize and the Lithuanian JCDecaux Prize.

Selected personal/group shows:

2023. Group exhibition Mind Readers. Atletika. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2023. Group exhibition Queerstories_UA_PL. Labirynt gallery. Lublin (Poland).
2023. Group exhibition I think I’ve been there before, Krupa Gallery. Wroclaw (Poland).
2023. Group exhibition International Queer Solidarity. Alkatraz Gallery. Ljubljana (Slovenia).
2023. Group exhibition How are you?, Ukrainian Museum of Contemporary Art. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2023. Group exhibition Sovereignty Reimagined, Maenad Collective. New York (USA).
2023. Group exhibition I think I’ve been there before, Klaipeda Exhibition Hall. Klaipėda (Lithuania).
2023. Group exhibition Forms of presence, Mystetskyi Arsenal. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2023. Group exhibition In the beginning was the deed!. Kaunas Artists’ House. Kaunas (Lithuania).
2023. Personal exhibition Sexual Objectification. Barbara Baryzewska gallery. Warsaw (Poland).
2022. Open studio. Nida Art Colony. Neringa (Lithuania).
2022. Group exhibition Waves of Opportunity, JCDecaux Prize. Artists’ Association Gallery. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2022. Open studio. KCCC, Klaipėda Exhibition Hall. Klaipėda (Lithuania).
2022. Group exhibitions Anti War Coalition: ZKM (Center for Art and Media). Karlsruhe (Germany); Patriarchy and War. The European Pavilion. Rome (Italy); Behind the Scenes of the Empire. Centrum Kultury Zamek. Poznan (Poland).
2022. Group exhibition Piazza Ucraina. Giardini, 59th Venice Biennale. Venice (Italy).
2022. Open studio. HIAP Suomenlinna, Gallery Augusta. Helsinki (Finland).
2022. Group exhibition Melioracija. Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas Artists’ House. Kaunas (Lithuania).
2022. Group exhibition Service. Kaunas Artists’ House. Kaunas (Lithuania).
2022. Group exhibition Tomorrow. Literature Museum. Tbilisi (Georgia).
2022. Group exhibition Zaraz. Lviv Biennale. Lviv (Ukraine).
2022. Group exhibition Must Establish Reality: Ukrainian Artists under Siege. Art at a Time Like This. (USA).
2021. Personal exhibition Simple Things from/for Human Beings. Kulturni Centar LAB. Novi Sad (Serbia).
2021. Personal exhibition Guilty Fresher. Išgir̃stì. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2020. Group exhibition Between Statements. Garbary 37. Poznan (Poland).
2020. Group exhibition Somewhere now. Labirynt gallery. Lublin (Poland).
2020. Group exhibition § Jesteśmy ludźmi / We Are People. Labirynt gallery. Lublin (Poland).
2020. Group exhibition of PinchukArtCentre award nominees. Kyiv, (Ukraine).
2019. Personal exhibition Identifying. Galleri Leoparden. Uppsala (Sweden).
2019. Group exhibition. Gallery Artsvit. Dnipro (Ukraine).
2019. Group exhibition Erotica: The Art of Love, Nature, and Dick Drawings. Blank space. Oslo (Norway).
2019. Group exhibition. Rasch gallery. Kassel (Germany).
2019. Personal exhibition Pre-Education. Alte Feuerwache Loschwitz gallery. Dresden (Germany).
2018. Group exhibition 26: Am I My Generation?. Sodu 4 gallery. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2018. Personal exhibition Nice to meet you. Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. Ustka (Poland).
2017. Group exhibition Forbidden family. Kedi gallery. Izmit (Turkey).
2017. Group exhibition Flaws in the open air. Contemporary art festival Porto Franko, Ivano-Frankivs’k (Ukraine).
2016. Group exhibition You’re win, art group Step', Art-prichal gallery. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2016. Group exhibition Unborn, Institute of Contemporary Art. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2015. Personal exhibition 33 Solitudes, gallery Port. Kyiv (Ukraine).

Awards, fellowships and residences:

2023. Gaude Polonia – Scholarship Programme of the Minister of Culture of Poland. Warsaw (Poland).
2023. Residency Once upon a queer. (Poland/Ukraine).
2022. Residency Programme of Nida Art Colony. Neringa (Lithuania).
2022. JCDecaux Prize Nominee. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2022. Residency Programme of Klaipėda Cultural Communication Center (KCCC). Klaipėda (Lithuania).
2021–2022. HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme – Residency. Helsinki (Finland).
2021. Residency Archive: Performance Art of Ukraine. Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro (Ukraine).
2020–2021. Existenzminimum of DeMo Reciprocal Residency of the Kaunas Artists’ House. Kaunas (Lithuania).
2020. Residency Archive: Performance Art of Ukraine. Dnipro (Ukraine).
2020. Individual State Scholarship for Culture and Art Creators, Lithuanian Council for Culture. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2020. Gaude Polonia – Scholarship Programme of the Minister of Culture of Poland. Poznan (Poland).
2020. PinchukArtCentre Prize Nominee. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2019. I-Portunus Mobility Grant by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Uppsala (Sweden).
2019. Residency of the Gallery Artsvit. Direction: Visual art. Dnipro (Ukraine).
2018. Residency of The Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. Ustka (Poland).
2017–2018. Intern at social-cultural NGO In Corpore. Erasmus+ Programme. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2017. I:O Residency. Helikon Art Center. Bahçecik (Turkey).
2017. Winner of Studio Parisien des Arts et la Mode (1st place). Paris (France).
2016. Finalist of the international competition of illustration Imago. Kyiv (Ukraine).