Maxim Zhestkov (b.1985, Russia) is a media artist and director whose practice centres around the influence of digital media on shifting the boundaries of visual language.
He grew up in a small town on the Volga river named Ulyanovsk. From childhood, Maxim was fascinated by art, physics and computers which led him to university, where he studied architecture and fine art.
The first art films Maxim made were in monochromatic palettes and mostly concentrated on movement and physics - about 10 years of dedicated focus on the movement and choreography of elements and shapes.
In 2015, Maxim and his colleagues launched a studio/workshop - Zhestkov.Studio - to explore new horizons in the world of art and work on projects for galleries, brands, and performing live shows.

In digitally-rendered contemporary gallery-like settings, digital forms and sculptures move and interact. The forms are beautifully choreographed, producing rhythmic and complex movement patterns that play with their surroundings. Maxim’s work pushes the boundaries of the traditional white cube gallery environment, and questions how art is and will be viewed and experienced with the increasing influence of digital media.




Festivals / Screenings:

Modern Art Museum. Shanghai, China, 2019
Hermitage Museum. St Petersburg, Russia, 2019
Times Square. USA, 2019
MIT. USA, 2019
Al-Tiba9. Algeria, 2019
ArtBasel Miami. USA, 2018
ArtFutura. UK, Spain, USA, Mexico, 2018
HafenKunstKino. Germany, 2018
LUISAVIAROMA. Italy, 2018
San Francisco International Airport. USA, 2018
Ars Electronica Animation Festival. Austria, 2018
Athens Digital Arts Festival. Greece, 2018
Center MARS. Russia, 2018
VDNH / COSMOS. Russia,Permanent exhibition
CANAL+. France, 2017
Digital Decade. United Kingdom, 2017
GogolFest. Ukraine, 2017
London Sketchbook Festival. United Kingdom, 2017
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. China, 2016
Resonate festival. Serbia, 2016
Sapporo International Film Festival. Japan, 2016
Onedotzero festival. United Kingdom, 2016
Innovative Russia – 2020. Russia, 2011
TEDx Tomsk conference. Russia, 2011
British higher school of art and design. Russia, 2011
Onedotzero festival. United Kingdom, 2009

Articles / Publications:

iGNANT. Germany, 2018
Colossal. USA, 2018
SPIEGEL. Germany, 2018 
REUTERS. United Kingdom, 2018
Adobe. USA, 2018
WePresent. USA, 2018
Krakatau. Russia, 2018
Juxtapoz. USA, 2018

Colossal. USA, 2018
iGNANT. Germany, 2018
WIRED. Italy, 2017
Motionographer. USA, 2017
Stash. USA, 2017
Colossal. USA, 2017
Booooooom. Canada, 2017
Designboom. USA, 2017
Hypebeast. USA, 2017
Champ Magazine. United Kingdom, 2017 Various Artists. United Kingdom, 2017 Creators. United Kingdom, 2017
The Collective Podcast. USA, 2017 The Creators Project. United Kingdom, 2016 The Creators Project. United Kingdom, 2015 Theory and Practice. Russia, 2011
WIRED. USA, 2010
Motionographer. USA, 2010
Creative Review. United Kingdom, 2009
Dazed & Confused. United Kingdom, 2009
Computer Arts. United Kingdom, 2008
Ventilate.ca. Canada, 2008

Stash Magazine. USA, 2008
Stash Magazine. USA, 2007
99u.com / Adobe, USA, 2007