Maxim Zhestkov is an artist who examines the connections of physical and digital realities. Divided by a permeable membrane, these two worlds exist in a constant exchange and redefine one another. Zhestkov acts on their intersection: manifesting the continuity of exploration, he imagines new worlds and expands the understanding of the phenomena present in our universe.

Merging architecture, sculpture, color, movement, and sound, the artist combines various channels of perception to develop a distinct universal language to depict complicated concepts and ideas in a succinct yet not scaled down manner. Experience and observation as well as a diverse and digitally sophisticated toolkit give an endless supply to this artistic research. Combining basic geometrical shapes — dots, spheres, and planes — Zhestkov creates intricate and hypnotic visual stories centralized on objects in their volume, detail, and beauty of movement.

The message of his art exploration is to find ways out of implicit limits of comprehension: capturing the unexpected, Maxim aspires to open doors to the unknown and spotlight the unseen.
Selected exhibitions:
Nassima Landau, Tel Aviv, 2022
Kunsthalle Zurich, 2022
W1 Curates, London, 2022
Christie’s, New York, 2022
Decentral Art Pavilion, Venice, 2022
Unit London, 2021
Contemporary Istanbul, 2021
ART021, 2020
MIT, 2019
Shanghai Modern Art Museum, 2019
Hermitage Museum, 2019
ArtBasel Miami, 2019
Ars Electronica Festival, 2018
Selected publications:
Dezeen, 2022
Wallpaper*, 2022
STIRworld, 2022
DesignWanted, 2020
CLOT Magazine, 2020
IoArch, 2020
Juxtapoz, 2019
iGNANT, 2018
Colossal, 2018
WIRED Italy, 2017
Hypebeast, 2017
The Collective Podcast, 2017
Motionographer, 2010
Creative Review, 2009
Dazed & Confused, 2009