Tanya Pioniker (born in 1994) is a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Art (New Art Strategies program) (2013) and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Department of International Journalism). Tanya Pioniker started exhibiting her works at the age of 17, in 2011 she became the youngest participant of the special START project at the Winzavod Moscow Contemporary Art Center. In 2014 she took part in the program Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg of the European Biennale. Since 2013 Pioniker is a regular participant of contemporary art auctions at Vladey. In 2017, Vladey hosted the second personal exhibition of the painter under the title XVII.
The winter cover of the BoscoMagazine 2018/2019 depicts a New Year celebration.2019 is the Year of the Pig, and the image of cute piggies in the midst of traditional New Year decorations is reflective of that.
Winter 2018. Water color, water color pencils, ink, 2018.
The winter cover of the BoscoMagazine 2018/2019 depicts a New Year celebration. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, and the image of cute piggies amid traditional New Year decorations is reflective of that. The New Year tree is not traditional – its’ trunk is in the shape of Spasskaya Tower with its famous clock. The guests are sitting around set-out tables. The piggies prepared lots of food as if justifying the proverb: “Get stuffed like a pig”. There are many dishes on the table: Russian Olivier salad, jellied tongue, layered herring salad, also known as herring in a fur coat, and baked goose. Here we remember another proverb – “A goose is not a pig’s friend”. Twelve piglets embodying the calendar months are dancing around the table. They are bidding farewell to the Symbol of the past Year – the Dog. From the corner of the room, there is a little Mouse symbolizing the upcoming year – 2020.
Pavilion. An Imaginary Family
A shelter for the artist’s imaginary family, a safe place completely hidden away from the outer world? Only at first glance. The characters of Pioniker’s personal mythology follow their own logic, so they appear in her works whenever they want. Nevertheless, their inner mysteries and riddles are intertwined with the community. This explains the references to historical events and recognizable symbols. Deep creative self-reflection brings forward fascinating and dynamic stories described with passion and in detail. If you carefully follow Pioniker’s characters with a magnifying glass, they will happily tell you their whole story and explain the meaning behind the subject matter of the artworks.