Valery Chtak

Valery Chtak

Born in the Year of the Rooster, lives and works in Moscow. From an early age, Chtak participated in significant projects of the Russian art scene, including Avdey Ter-Oganyan's Contemporary Art School and the Radek Society. One of the characters of the 2015 feature film Rag Union was based on Valery, the script of the movie was influenced by the ideas of Radek Society. In 2016, Chtak's solo exhibition If My Way – No Way took place at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The artist's signature techniques are an austere color palette, a specific set of objects and characters, as well as inscriptions – phrases in different languages of the world, including rare ones. All this turns Chtak's artworks into a sort of a puzzle – they are almost impossible to decipher if you are not aware of the details, but the authorship is obvious – they cannot be mistaken for anyone else's.

Syntax Gallery

Founded by the art dealer, curator and founder of Artika Project Elvira Tarnogradskaya in 2019. Syntax Gallery provides a platform to facilitate the interaction between different generations of artists and creative strategies and supports Russian contemporary art on the global market. One of the principal domains of the gallery's curatorial research is the study of text in visual culture as an integral element of artistic mediums that manifests itself in the works of artists from different generations represented by the gallery.

Artists are constantly on the lookout for new mediums that can help them to convey their ideas and interpret all the processes taking place in the world, where text has long been a part of the culture code.

The study of the relationship between different mediums and their evolution throughout the oeuvres of established artists is another major direction of Syntax's curatorial research. Syntax Gallery fosters interaction between artists and their creative strategies. The artists represented by Syntax are transforming the visual narrative with the help of sign systems and new media. The gallery explores the interaction between opposing artistic practices and the clash between traditional media and digital technologies.

Exhibition participant:

May a lucky star shine upon you

The Common Goal Philosophy. Glossary.

Exhibition of Achievements of Contemporary Artists

List of paintings