Artem Filatov (born 1991) is an artist and curator. He lives in Nizhny Novgorod and works in the genres of installation, sculpture, graphics, painting and public art. Filatov's works have a close connection with the local context, and most are integrated by the author directly into the urban space. Examples include his wall paintings on building facades in districts of the city where many houses are built out of wood, or art objects installed on wasteland where historic buildings (now demolished) once stood. Filatov creates artworks using the surviving wooden fragments of demolished buildings, and his wall paintings use traditional imagery from the world of nature. Since 2017, the artist has been making concrete bas-reliefs and sculptures, moulding his works in wooden forms which he carves himself. His treatment of concrete makes it into a timeless material, linking past, present and future. Filatov also makes prints by hand, with a focus on small series of artworks using traditional etching and silkscreen techniques.
Filatov's works have attracted the attention of art critics and museum curators, and have been long- and short-listed for several high-profile awards.
In 2014, Filatov was short-listed for the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize in the nomination Art in the Public Space. In 2015 he was included in the Kandinsky Prize long list for the category of Young Artist, Project of the Year. In 2016, Filatov received a grant from the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017 he won a prize for young artists awarded by Credit Suisse at the International Cosmoscow Contemporary Art Fair.
Artem Filatov also works as a curator with the specific aim of preserving the historic wooden architecture of Nizhny Novgorod and giving it a new lease of life. In 2016, the artist co-curated the exhibition “Living Alive”, dedicated to the relationship between art and the city. The intention of the curators was to present all the components of the historical centre of Nizhny Novgorod as a single ecosystem. For this work, Filatov was short-listed for Russia’s 2017 Innovation Award for the Curator of the Year category.
In 2017, Filatov worked with a team of invited artists exploring the layers of Nizhny Novgorod’s history and revitalising one particular district of the city by means of the “Back Home” exhibition, held in the building of the former Museum of the Nizhny Novgorod Intelligentsia. In 2018, “Back Home” won the Innovation Award for the Regional Project nomination.
Artem Filatov's works are presented in Credit Suisse collection and in private collections.