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.

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Selected publications

Selected exhibitions

  • LUX: Poetic Resolution , Seoul, 2023
  • Simulation Hypothesis , Unit London, London, 2023
  • Nassima Landau, Tel Aviv

    , 2022
  • DYOR , Kunsthalle Zurich, 2022
  • Cartography of Mind , Christie's, New York, 2022
  • Decentral Art Pavilion, Venice

    , 2022
  • Transformations , Unit London, London, 2021
  • Plugin at Contemporary Istanbul

    , Istanbul, 2021
  • MIT

    , 2019
  • Shanghai Modern Art Museum

    , 2019
  • Hermitage Museum

    , 2019
  • ArtBasel Miami

    , 2019
  • Ars Electronica Festival

    , 2018

Commercial collaborations

  • BMW

  • PlayStation

  • Samsung

  • Microsoft

  • Google

  • Adobe

  • Ford

  • IDEO

  • MTV

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