Kirill Chelushkin was born in 1968 in Moscow.He lives in Paris.
As a true creator and founder and as a Renaissance man, he reveals his various talents through his creative work. He initially began as an architect and then turned to book illustration. He gained international popularity when, since 1990, he became to actively exhibit his works in conceptual art projects. In 2000, he had made a brilliant gallery-related career for himself in Russia, having amazed both critics and collectors with his involvement of huge drawing panels, which were using a classical foundation for the creation of modern cultural stereotypes. Beyond this, he began to apply video in his art installations, which became more and more complicated, now using sculpture as the main object of his artistic work.
The present works forms part of the Archilove series. Chelushkin attempts to transcend the boundary between erotic art and mere pornography. The artist elevates it to the status of high art by placing his passionate lovers in a highly cultural contest. The City of Avignon, with its legendary Papal Palace and Pont d'Avignon, is nowadays one of the most visited monuments in Europe. Its intricate plane is tattooed on the lovers' skin. In his artist's statement, Chelushkin emphasizes his deliberate choice of plastic and graphite over paper for his work. It makes his work highly expressive.
His works may be found in a number of different museums and prestigious private collections worldwide, including the largest private collection of modern art of Europe - the Bernard Arnault collection, the private collection of the owner of the concern LVMH (Louis Vuitton Espace), as well as the private collection maintained by the HERMES fashion house.