Roman Korovin

Is a Latvian graphic designer, photo artist, painter and draftsman, born in 1973.

The Russian-born artist from Riga is a well-known and original figure in the Latvian art scene, a kind of rock star of the graphics world. His activities include ...

... a variety of artistic media, such as photo series, comic-like drawings, paintings, videos, sound and installations. Subtle and witty observations, spontaneous notes and peculiarities of everyday life inform Roman Korovin's artist's books, gallery and museum exhibitions. Two things are striking: first, the desire to detect aesthetic structures and formal orders in everyday life, and second, an effort to loosen up the often rigid, snobbish climate of the art world. Korovin consciously seeks to break free from the coldness, sterility and excessive weight that art is often associated with: "I want to warm up the environment so that viewers feel secure and surrounded by familiar things to which they feel a close affinity, instead of being awestruck."
At Lieberose Castle, the artist showcases large-format photo prints of flowers and sandwiches. About 50 smaller photographs are printed on different types of paper, ranging from matt to glossy. The sound of dripping water correlates with a photo print entitled "Holy Water" and a bucket. In the next room we find a burning candle on a second bucket as a possible allusion to eternal lights in Christian churches. The title of the overall arrangement, "Kaspar Loves Daiga", alludes to a story about a relationship in which the expectations of the protagonists do not necessarily tally with reality. An eye for detail, nonchalant casualness and tolerance for the imperfection of existence are what lend Korovin's approach to art its particular charm.

Solo Exhibitions (a selection)
2015 Dirty Yellow, Kalnciema kvartāls, Riga, Latvia
2012 Basket Shaped Flame, Kalnciema kvartāls, Riga, Latvia
2011 Meat Balls & Snow, KIM Gallery, Riga, Latvia
2009 Winter – Summer, Winter – Summer – Death, Riga Art Space / Intro room, Riga, Latvia

Group Exhibitions (a selection)
2015 Ornamentalism, Latvian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2013 Berlin-Riga. Scores for Indeterminate Places, Kaņepes kultūras centrs, Riga, Latvia
2010 F/Stop, 4th International Festival of Photography, Tapettenwerk, Leipzig, Germany
2007 Critically in Between, International Exhibition of Contemporary art within Framework of Art Athina Fair, Athens, Greece.