Nikolay Polissky was born in 1957. Contemporary Russian artist, sculptor, painter. Graduated from the Ceramics Faculty of the Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design (currently known as the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design). Nikolay Polissky is a great exponent of Russian land art — art outside of exhibition halls, engaging in dialogue with the surrounding natural landscape. Polissky’s monumental pieces are remarkable in their scope and organicity.
Before 2000, the artist primarily worked in painting. In January 2000, he initiated a project in Nikola-Lenivets Village, Kaluga Oblast. The villagers created 220 snowmen. Photos of this first landscape project were presented as part of the Art–Moscow Fair. Other projects followed, focusing on various natural materials (hay, wood, vines) — Hay Tower, Firewood Tower, Media Tower, Lighthouse, and many others. The village of Nikola-Lenivets became a contemporary art park and now hosts the ArchStoyanie Festival.
Polissky always works in co-authorship with the Nikola-Lenivets Crafts group created by locals. In the last few years, his works could be seen in Moscow, Perm, Saint Petersburg, Luxembourg, Paris, Miami, Barcelona, Japan, and Yakutia at numerous museum exhibitions and international festivals.
The Red Garden