Alexander Roitburd “Passe-partout”

 “Passe-partout” is a name used by a fanciful constructor of metaphysical allusions to present his “paper” collection. Despite the established norm to classify works on a paper basis as graphics, the author himself defines his works as a “light-variant” of painting, because here, similarly to a canvas, he works with dimensional and spatial elements and color. Appealing to the postmodern discourse, Alexander Roitburd builds a capricious world of multi-meaning visions – a kind of paradigm of the world behind the looking glass. According to him, in order to construct his own universe, he finds images in real life, frees them from certain qualities and processes them through his own “filters”. Alexander Roitburd’s works provoke viewers, excite their associative thinking, lure into the mental labyrinths and involve in solving puzzles, where they may need to have a clue – “passe-partout”.

Alexander Roitburd was born in 1961 in Odesa. He graduated from Konstiantyn Ushynskyi Odesa State Pedagogical Institute (1983). His teacher in major was V.Hehamyan. He is one of the leaders of the “Ukrainian New Wave” and a member of the National Artist’s Union of Ukraine (1992). He is a founder of the Association “New Art” and the Chairman of the Board of Soros Centre for Contemporary Art in Odesa (1997-1999). Director of the Guelman Gallery in Kyiv (2002). Member of the 49th Venice Biennale (2001). His works are displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Gallery of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia), the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (New Jersey), Odesa Art Museum, private collections of Ukraine, the USA and many other countries.