Anton Karyuk is a Ukrainian–Lithuanian interdisciplinary artist currently based in Vilnius. Building upon his experience of a queer migrant, he explores such topics as social ecology, humanism, marginality and identity.
Born and raised in Dnipro, a large industrial city in Central Ukraine, Anton has received a master's degree in Architecture at the Pridneprovsk State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 2011. At the age of 22 Anton moved to Kyiv, where he worked as a journalist for several publications. Since 2015 he has been developing his professional career as an artist. Starting with abstract canvases, gradually he has turned his attention to interdisciplinary mediums such as installation, performance and video art. In 2020, Anton studied Performance at the Poznan Art Academy, under the guidance of professor and artist Janusz Baldyga. Anton migrated to Lithuania, where he lives and works now, in 2017. He is a team member of the annual Vilnius Queer Festival Kreivės.
Anton's works have been presented at personal and group exhibitions in various locations, including the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art (Poland), Alte Feuerwache Loschwitz (Dresden, Germany), Galerie Rasch (Kassel, Germany), Kulturhuset Leoparden (Sweden), Gallery of the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association (Lithuania), and other. Anton has taken part in a number of art residencies throughout Europe. In 2020, the artist received the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture of Poland Gaude Polonia, and the Individual State Scholarships for Culture and Art Creators by the Lithuanian Culture Council, also was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize for young Ukrainian artists.
Not limited to museums and galleries, Anton's artistic practices shift to the wider public space. Overall, the artist searches for an abstract visual language and minimalist execution, exploring personal and socially-sensitive topics.
Selected personal/group shows:
2021. Personal exhibition Guilty Fresher. išgir̃stì. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2020. Group exhibition Code War project. Quarto ge - Ex ospedale psichiatrico. Genova (Italy).
2020. Personal exhibition Sapfo manifesto. Luna6. 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 online exhibition «Still shining». Ponder Savant. California, (USA).
2020. Group online exhibition «Copy That». Lockdown Gallery. London, (United Kingdom).
2020. Group online exhibition «Eros & Thanatos». Beam Collective. Tel Aviv, (Israel).
2020. Group exhibition of «Unessential». Skala gallery. Poznan, (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. Personal exhibition «Pastels». Vaidilos teatras. Vilnius (Lithuania).
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. Personal exhibition «Roleplays». Skalvija. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2017. «Forbidden family». Kedi gallery. Izmit (Turkey).
2017. «Flaws in the open air». Contemporary art festival Porto Franko, group The Step', Ivano-Frankivs’k (Ukraine).
2017. Interactive installation project. Pi Gallery, , art group Step', Poznan (Poland).
2017. Personal exhibition «Portraits», Storrady gallery, Szczecin (Poland).
2016. «You’re win», art group Step', Art-prichal gallery. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2016. Heritage, project «Unborn», art group Step', Institute of Contemporary Art. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2016. «The Flame», art group Step', Gallery XX ?. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2015. Personal exhibition «33 Solitudes», gallery Port. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2015. Social art project «Paradnik», group exhibition. Kyiv (Ukraine).
Awards, fellowships and residences:
2020-2021. Existenzminimum of DeMo reciprocal residency
of the Kaunas Artists' House. Kaunas (Lithuania).
2020. The residence Archive: performance art of Ukraine. Dnipro (Ukraine).
2020. Short-term individual state scholarship for culture and art creators, Lithuanian Culture Council. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2020. Gaude Polonia (scholarship programme of the Ministry of Culture of Poland). Poznan (Poland).
2020. PinchukArtCentre Award Nominee. Kyiv (Ukraine).
2019. I-Portunus (mobility grant funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union). Uppsala (Sweden).
2019. The residence of the gallery «Artsvit». Direction: Visual art. Dnipro (Ukraine).
2018. The Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art Residence. Ustka (Poland).
2017-2018. Volunteering in the socio-cultural organization In Corpore. Programme Erasmus +. Vilnius (Lithuania).
2017. I:O residence. 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).