About

Andrei Rabodzeenko

Andrei Rabodzeenko

Chicago-based artist Andrei Rabodzeenko was born in 1961 in Kyrgyzstan, Soviet Union to a family of artists. From 1976-1980 he studied painting and drawing at the Benkov School of Art in Tashkent. From 1980-1985 he completed his studies in interior design and architecture at Mukhina School of Design in Leningrad. Since 1991 Andrei lives and works in Chicago. Many of his paintings, drawings, handmade books, and sculptures are in private and public collections in the US and abroad. Multiple media and styles are characteristic of Andrei’s artistic expression.

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EXHIBITIONS

 

2020

Energy, Frequency and Vibration, solo show of drawings and audio-visual installation, curated by Lise McKean, Riverside Arts Center FlexSpace, Riverside, IL

2019

7 Artists - 7th Anniversary, Terra Sounds, Glenview, IL

 

2018

Chicago Sculpture Biennial, juried show, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

 

2017

2 @ Terra, Andrei Rabodzeenko & Nikita Tkachuk, Terra Sounds School of Music & Arts, Glenview, IL

 

2016

Projections: An Interactive Portrait Project, solo show of freestanding painted portraits and wall hangings, River House Arts Gallery, Toledo, OH

 

100 x 100, 100 Sculptors – 100 Sculptures, third decennial survey of contemporary sculpture in the Midwest, curated by Ken Thompson, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI

2015

IN SANE, seven-artist group show, curated and including an installation by Andrei Rabodzeenko, TOCA, Chicago

Technotropic Romance, solo show of graphic works, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago

Technotropic Romance, solo show of graphic works, St. Xavier University Gallery, Chicago

Color of Change, sound performance + video projection, Terra Sounds School of Music & Arts, Glenview

Many Years Past, solo show of drawings, Terra Sounds School of Music & Arts, Glenview

Pieces of 8, group show, curated by River House Arts Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

LUMA at 10: Greatest Hits, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago

 

2014

Andrei Rabodzeenko, solo show of oil paintings, The University Club of Chicago

 

2013

Now & Ever, solo show of oil paintings, River House Arts Gallery, Perrysburg, OH

 

2012

ArtPrize, Bar Divani, Grand Rapids, MI

 

2010

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, "Wing," sculpture installation Skokie, IL

 

2008

Andrei Rabodzeenko, a Survey of Paintings, Sculptures and Works on Paper from the past 15 years, Artspace, Lima, OH

 

Andrei Rabodzeenko, solo show of oils, small sculptures, Flaman Art Gallery, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

 

2007

Anywhere but Here, artist book show, curated by Ama Medina-Seabright, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA

 

2006

Something to Do With Failure, group show curated by Chester Costello, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

 

Sculpture on Ford Road, MSI juried outdoor sculpture show, Canton, MI

 

2005

Middle American Riches, two-person show curated by Peggy Grant, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH

 

Accidents, Loops and Elements, three-person show curated by Mary Fortuna, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

 

Sculpture in the Park 2005, curated by Peggy Grant, Ottawa Hills, OH

 

Wall to Wall: Survey of Current Regional Sculpture, Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI

 

Work of art / Art of work, national juried show, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago

 

2004

Andrei Rabodzeenko, solo show of oils, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK

 

Sculpture in the Gardens 2004, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, OH

 

2003

Not Just Another Pretty Face, commissioned portraits project, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

 

2002

Let's Face This, solo show of oils, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH

 

Background, an art show of four somehow Ukrainian artists, The Butcher Shop, Chicago

1997

Father and Son. Ivan Rabodzeenko, Andrei Rabodzeenko, 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH

1995

Culture and Identity, three-person show curated by Lia Alexopoulos, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

The Pathos of Reality, video installation/performance with Victor Snesar, Gallery 21, St. Petersburg, Russia

Hello, Comrade Chicagov, video installation, Borey Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

1994

Moving the Body Forward, a group show of works on paper, Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago

1993

Drawings from Nature, solo show of works on paper, Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago

Andrei Rabodzeenko, solo show of watercolors, curated by Annie Rooryck, The Common Space Gallery, Toledo, OH

1992

I Just Draw, solo show of graphic works, University of Chicago, Chicago

1990

First All-Union Biennial of Graphic Art, Kaliningrad, USSR

1989

Fourth Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Third place in Drawings, Pastels, Colored Pencils Category

1987

City, History, People, Exhibition of Young Leningrad Artists, Leningrad, USSR

COMMISSIONS

2011

“Moby Dick,” table-top sculpture, wood, private collection

2010

“In Good Company,” oil on panel, private collection

2009

“Hierarchy,” outdoor sculpture, welded steel, patina stainless steel, private collection

2005

Untitled, oil on canvas, private collection

2003

“Portrait of Alex,” oil on canvas, wood, mirror, for "Not Just Another Pretty Face," commissioned portraits project, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

 

HANDMADE ARTIST'S BOOKS

 

2004

"Four Little Poems"

Sold at Bookworks, Nantucket, MA

 

1992

"Profite Things"

"Noses"

"Other Worlds"

Sold at Paper Source and Seminary Coop Bookstore, Chicago; Printed Matter Bookstore, NYC; FlyRabbit Books, Boston; ZyArt, London

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2020

Cover art and illustrations, Infinite, No. 10, journal of arts and letters, Literary Fund: The Road of Life, St. Petersburg, Russia

2019

Cover art for “Give Us This Day,” Liturgical Press, Order of St. Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota

2013

Cover art for “Suicide: Before and After, For those who are left behind,“ by Liana Alaverdova, Insignificant Books, Chicago

2012

Cover art for “The Aftertaste of a Dream,” journal entries, novellas, notes on others’ dreams, and essays by Yevsey Tseytlin, Insignificant Books, Chicago

 

Illustrations for “30 Minutes to the Center of Chicago,” short stories by Simon Kaminski, West-Consulting, Moscow

2012

Cover art for “A Bird in the Hand,” A collection of short stories and essays, Insignificant Books, Chicago

 

2010

Illustrations for “Three’s a Party,” short stories by Vladimir Khokhlev and Simon Kaminski, Insignificant Books, Chicago

 

2009

Illustrations for “Little Eagle on the American Lawn,” short stories by Simon Kaminski, Insignificant Books, Chicago

 

2006

Cover art for "Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and the Mind-Brain Relationship: A New Perspective," by Shirley M. Ferguson and Mark Rayport, International Review of Neurobiology, vol. 76, Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, San Diego, CA

 

1995

Etchings for "Between Peter and Leningrad," poetry by Elena Elagina, Terra Fantastika Publishers, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

1992

Illustrations for "GIS on the Job" by Mary Lou Gallagher, American Planning Association journal, Chicago, December 1992, 21

 

1991

Drawings for "From Hell to Paradise," poetry by Natalia Antonova, GEOS Press, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

1990

Drawings for "Before Olirna," poetry by Natalia Antonova, GEOS Press, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

PRESS

2020

Hohlev, Vladimir. "Andrei Rabodzeenko: Art is people’s bridge to their own soul," Infinite, journal of arts and letters, No. 10, Literary Fund: The Road of Life, St. Petersburg, Russia, 182-189

McKean, Lise. "Andrei Rabodzeenko talks with Lise McKean about his upcoming exhibition," Infinite, journal of arts and letters, No. 10, Literary Fund: The Road of Life, St. Petersburg, Russia, 189-202

2016

Letts, K. A. “Projections: An Interactive Portrait Project,” Rustbelt Arts, December 2, 2016.

https://rustbeltarts.com/2016/12/02/projections-an-interactive-portrait-project/

 

Hutton, Eleanor and Athena Cocoves. “Andrei Rabodzeenko’s Projections: interactive portrait project,” The Toledo City Paper, December 7, 2016.

Goldstein, Vladimir. “A not quite serious interview with a serious artist,” 7 Dnei, Chicago, January 15, 2016. https://7days.us/andrej-rabodzeenko-ne-ochen-seryoznoe-intervyu-s-seryoznym-xudozhnikom

 

2015

Shurgaya-Vereiskaya, Vera. “The Visual Circle of Being or Vision of Another World,” Petersburg Curators’ Notebooks, St. Petersburg, Russia, 36, 2015, 287-292.

Costello, Chester. “Andrei Rabodzeenko – Technotropic Romance & Other Works,” The Comp Magazine, August 10, 2015. http://www.thecompmagazine.com/andrei-rabodzeenko-technotropic-romance-other-works/

 

McKean, Lise. “Zeitgeist on Show in Recent Work by Damien Deroubaix and Andrei Rabodzeenko,” Bad at Sports blog, July 31, 2015. http://badatsports.com/2015/zeitgeist-on-show-in-recent-work-by-damien-deroubaix-and-andrei-rabodzeenko/

Cottet, Colleen. “Summer at LUMA features three very different ways of looking at the sacred,” Chicago Reader, July 7, 2015.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/ 2015/07/07/summer-at-luma-features-three-very-different-ways-of-looking-at-the-sacred

 

2013

Kaminski, Simon. “With All Our Knowledge” (interview with artist Andrei Rabodzeenko), LiteraruS, 1 (38), Helsinki, January 2013, 54-60

 

2012

Kaminski, Simon. "Innovator in an Old Style, Chicago artist Andrei Rabodzeenko tries to change perceptions of contemporary art,” 7 Dnei, Chicago, August 3, 2012, 38-39

 

2010

Lisa, Nika. "No matter what you do, do it for yourself," City SPB, http://www.cityspb.ru/blog-400966/0/

2009

Elagina, Elena. "A Happy Artist," Severnaya Avrora, St. Petersburg, Russia, September 2009, 167-183

 

2008

Kaminski, Simon. "Innovator in an Old Style, Chicago artist Andrei Rabodzeenko tries to change perceptions of contemporary art,” Obzor, Chicago, April 21, 2008, 18

 

2007

"Featured Artist: Andrei Rabodzeenko," Vvedenskaya Storona, a magazine about art for children, Staraya Russa, Russia, No. 2, June 2007, pp. 30-31; http://www.art-storona.ru/2007/2/article30.php

 

Elagina, Elena. "A Happy Artist is an Artist in Demand," BEG - St. Petersburg magazine, St. Petersburg, Russia, No. 6, 2007, 82-97

 

2006

Gehring, Stephanie. "Artist gets by with a little help from his family, bringing his inspiration from the USSR," Daily Southtown, Chicago, Mar. 22, 2006, Local, 1, 6

 

2003

Stein, Lisa. "Art portrait show takes unique view of patrons' faces," Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2003, Section 7, 17

 

Dutton, Lisa. Photo feature: "20 North Gallery marks 10th year," Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH, September 26, 2003, Arts & Entertainment Section, 1

 

2002

Wiederhold, Matthew. "In the mind of Andrei Rabodzeenko: Complex Paintings at 20 North Gallery," Toledo City Paper, Toledo, OH, June 2002, 11

 

Anderson, Jon. "Ukrainian art exhibit almost all in family," Chicago Tribune, January 8, 2002, Metro Section, 3

 

Bayne, Martha. "Gallery Tripping: A kind of, not really, almost totally Ukrainian show," Chicago Reader, January 4, 2002, 23

 

1997

Vallongo, Sally. "Father and son paint across generation gap," Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH, June 15, 1997, Arts & Entertainment section, 1

 

1993

Vallongo, Sally. "Love connection helps bring art exhibit to Toledo," Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH, December 3, 1993, 45

 

1992

Weintraub, Jennifer. "Artist Rabodzeenko just draws 'perfectly badly'," The University of Chicago Maroon, April 14, 1992, 11

 

EDUCATION

 

1980-85

Mukhina School of Design, Leningrad, USSR

Specializations: Interior Design, Architecture of Small Structures

1976-80

 

Benkov High School for the Arts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, USSR

Specializations: Painting, Teacher of Drafting and Drawing