Petr Kirusha

Petr Kirusha specializes in drawing, painting, photography and independent video.

Born in 1978 in the city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, later moving to Riga with his parents. In 1995 he enrolled at technical college, training to be a metalworker, welder and machine operator. He relocated to Moscow in 1997, where he worked as a courier, loader and storeman. His artistic career began in 2000, when he joined the Higher Academic School of Graphic Design (graduated in 2005 from the workshop of Boris Trofimov). In 2012 he finished The Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow.  In 2013, he participated in a special program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, in 2014 - in a parallel program of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg. His solo exhibition "So, And Not Otherwise " was held in 2015 in the Nadya Brykina gallery in Zurich. In 2017, Kirusha presented his new paintings at the exhibition "Three" at the Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin in Moscow. In the same space occured his joint exhibition with Alina Glazoun "If you close your eyes, it may disappear" in April 2018.

Lives and works in Moscow.


“For the most part, I depict light and shadow. Not lit or obscured objects, but light itself as something shining, and the shadow itself as something gaping. A clouded over sky prevents the gaze from focusing on something concrete, from getting a sense of sizes and distances. Any object is drowned in a mist or emerges from it, losing and forgetting its very existence. Objects in my pictures are so fragmented, or magnified, that they become abstractions”. Petr Kirusha