Anton Karyuk is a Ukrainian 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, he 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. Anton was also nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize for young Ukrainian artists and JCDecaux Prize in Lithuania.
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:
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:
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).