Ivan Lubennikov

Born in 1951, he lives and works in Moscow.


Specialized in monumental art, he participated in many important architectural projects in the 1980s: the Memorial monument for the Russian section of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Taganka Theater, Mayakovsky Museum and, thirty years later, three metro stations in Moscow and the creation of “Ryaba la Poule”, a large stained glass, in the Madeleine metro station in Paris.


A same monumental manner is conveyed in his painting through his subjects and compositions, more bucolic since he spends most of his time in his dacha. His hedonist visions of people fishing, eating or drinking speak to the senses and exalt them. Lubennikov’s main topic is the representation of woman holding the world in their hands. His vivid framing on feminine curves and attitudes creates sophisticated dynamism, celebrating their beauty and sensuality with an ironical distance


His refined compositions offer a visual game combining chiaroscuro, rhythm of form and structural effects. Profane in most aspects, his painting is a cultivated and unrestrained reinterpretation of the European and Russian paintings. The formula of his poetic language is hidden somewhere between these two poles.


Selected recent solo and group exhibitions​               

2013      Lufonauten, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen

2011      The price of Freedom, Central House of Artists, Moscow

2010      Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris

2006      Inhabited Islands: Paintings, Sculpture of the End of the 20th – Beginning of the 21st

              Centuries, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

2001      50 years, The Moscou Manege

Selected Press

The Tretyakov Gallery Magazine Viktor Kalashnikov

Ivan Leonidovich Lubennikov is a true artist of paradoxes. If viewers familiar with his very aestheticised and ironic easel paintings learn that he also created the fanciful steel structures inside or on the facades of certain buildings, they are bound to think that this fact runs counter to the laws of nature and society.

Valeurs Actuelles Valérie Collet

Une fausse naïveté se mêle à d’évidentes citations de Courbet, Balthus ou OttoDix chez ce Vallotton de la nouvelle Russie que fascine la silhouette féminine.

Le Point Serge Gleizes

Il y a un brin de naïveté dans les oeuvres du peintre russe Ivan Loubennikov, mais aussi une langueur romanesque, quelques touches de symbolisme, voire de réalisme. Il y a surtout la patte d'un artiste bien dans son époque qui fait jongler les émotions avec un regard d'architecte et de poète.

Passport Moscow ‘Populated Islands’ v. Unlimited Nihilism of the Contemporary World: Artists of the 1980s
Le Point Une vaste fresque russe inaugurée à la station de métro Madeleine à Paris

L'oeuvre, réalisée par l'artiste russe Ivan Loubennikov, est un patchwork de verre et de métal, illuminé par un système de rétroprojection, qui raconte parfois ironiquement l'histoire de la Russie. Le vitrail est parsemé de croix, de faucilles, de marteaux, de boulons et d'étoiles à cinq branches.