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ZORIKTO DORZHIEV: PORTRAITING ON THE STEPPE

AP Contemporary is delighted to present a solo exhibition of Zorikto Dorzhiev. This is the artist’s first solo in Hong Kong and is our gallery inauguration show, which starts from Saturday 6.30pm, October 13 till November 3.

Zorikto Dorzhiev was born in 1976 in the city of Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. He has now become one of the most acclaimed artists in Russia. His work is created with extraordinary craughtmanship combining traditional practice like painting and sculpture with contemporary thoughts, skills and expression.

‘Portraiting on the Steppe’ is an exhibition engages with the Buddhism and the folk stories of the Buryat people – who mainly live on a large steppe where dramatic climate varies from 40°C to -40°C. This is also an in-between area lies on the border of Mongolia and Russia, where the political, social and cultural affairs are always peripheral and ambiguous. Through figurative images, Zorikto portrays this adventurous, unique and understated side of another Asia.

By appropriating the styles and features from illustration and fairy tales, the figures in Zorikto’s work are simple, humorous and exaggerated visual satire, often with an intriguing smile which is entertaining yet provocative. This has subtly expressed compassion towards the suffering life of the Buryats and an appraisal for their strength. This also reminds us the compassion in Buddhism – the underlying philosophy of Zorikto’s art making that creates a certain depth in all his work. Zorikto has excellent drawing and painting skills. Brush strokes in paintings are detailed yet spontaneous that offers deeper layers for the viewer to explore and imagine. There is a series of artistic vocabularies being developed by the artist, resulting from and reflecting the cultural context of the time and place where he is making artwork.

Zorikto has illustrated Isay Kalashnikov's The Cruel Age. His solo exhibitions have been held in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, Tibet House in New York, as well as being presented at the V&A Museum before the show at Cork Street London. His work has been collected by Vladimir Putin, Russian Premier; José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission; Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil and is being included in other private collections. Recently Zorikto has an increasing reputation across Europe and Asia.