Nika Kupyrova (1985 in Kyiv, Ukraine) grew up in Prague, studied Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art, Fine Arts at the Iceland University of the Arts and Transdisciplinary Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She is currently living and working in Vienna and Prague.
Nika Kupyrova uses exhibition spaces as stages for her experiments in narration.
Within her practice that appropriates everyday objects, literature and pop culture phenomena, the artist proposes bridges between textual and visual languages where you don’t expect to find them, seeking analogies between sculptural positioning and sentence construction. Kupyrova’s multi-layered installations blur the borders between objects that are made, found or altered, leaving ample space for interpretation and exploring three-dimensionality in post-digital age.
Artistic presentations include participation in II and III Moscow International Biennale of Young Art and exhibitions in WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels (2018), Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, USA (2011), Wien Museum MUSA in Vienna (2018), SODA Gallery in Bratislava (2018), Kunstraum Niederoesterreich in Vienna (2015) and Meetfactory Centre for Contemporary Art Prague (2012). Nika is a recipient of Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award (2017), an Austrian state scholarship for emerging artists STARTStipendium (2019) and is a collaborator of a media theory research project originalcopy.
Her works can be found in the collection of the State of Austria in Belvedere 21, collection of Wien Museum (Austria) as well as collections of Fait Gallery (Czech Republic) and the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art (USA).
2013 – 2016 University of Applied Arts in Vienna, MA Transdisciplinary Art (Vienna, Austria)
2007 Iceland University of the Arts, Fine Art (Reykjavík, Iceland)
2004 – 2008 Edinburgh College of Art, BA Painting (Edinburgh, UK)
Selected solo exhibitions:
2020 Woman in Green, Fragment Gallery (Moscow, Russia)
2018 No More Mr Nice Guy, Fait Gallery (Brno, Czech Republic)
2018 White Honey, Galerie 35m2 (Prague, Czech Republic)
2018 Adventure, fantasy, mystery, action, Wien Museum MUSA (Vienna, Austria)
2018 Otis Rem, SODA Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2017 Otis Rem, das weisse haus (Vienna, Austria) 2011 Earwax, Meetfactory Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague, Czech Republic)
Festivals and Biennale:
2019 UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019, Bonington Gallery (Nottingham, UK)
2012 Inconclusive Analysis. Strategic project of the 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Russia)
2010 Glob(E)scape. Stragetic project of 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. ArtPlay (Moscow, Russia)
2010 Triennale Linz 1.0, LENTOS Kunstmuseum (Linz, Austria)
2019 START-Award Fine Arts by the Federal Chancellery of Austria
2017 Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award by Erste Bank and das weisse haus, (Vienna, Austria)
2011 DISARONNO Photo Award by International Talent Support (Trieste, Italy)
Selected group exhibitions:
2020 Otherwordly, Ravnikar Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
2019 Über das Neue, Belverede 21 (Vienna, Austria)
2019 ECHO — the Fait Gallery collection, Fait Gallery (Brno, Czech Republic)
2018 Unframed/Framed, Galerie Raum mit Licht (Vienna, Austria)
2018 Footnotes, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels, Belgium)
2017 A ditto, ditto device, Angewandte Innovation Lab (Vienna, Austria)
2017 Urgent Perspectives #1, Projektraum Viktor Bucher (Vienna, Austria)
2017 Sonata for four hands, Berlinskej model (Prague, Czech Republic)
2016 A Character’s Coat, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK (Austria)
2016 Rethinking, das weisse haus (Vienna, Austria)
2016 Juxtapositionen, Salon für Kunstbuch – Belvedere 21 (Vienna, Austria)
2015 Re-, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich (Vienna, Austria)
2015 WYSINWYS, SODA Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2013 On the Road, NÖ Dokumentationszentrum für Moderne Kunst (St.Pölten, Austria)
2013 Global Locals, National Library of Technology (Prague, Czech Republic)
2011 Factory Installed, Mattress Factory Art Museum (Pittsburgh, USA)
2011 Über Dinge, Kunsthaus Mürz (Mürzzuschlag, Austria)