Stanislav Plutenko: "See the extraordinary and make it still more extraordinary"
"The artist Stanislav Plutenko plays on colour contrasts, his painting is very vigorous, illustrative and imbued through by sarcasm on the reality. In spite of the fact that the characters of his pictures are fattened and absolutely earthly ones, they are always astir - running, fluttering and flying somewhere. Having awkward bodies and unprepossessing faces they feel themselves angels and we are sympathetic towards them with their naivete. With an identical acuteness he presents images of the people and visual psychological surroundings. In each genre stage with elements of grotesque style we can find the small history of life with symbolical underlying theme.
His pictures stimulate in the spectators the scale of feelings, down to the protest, but not the indifference.
Stanislav Plutenko own original method of painting — the mixed technique with use of oil, tempera, acrylic, watercolours, is skilfully supplemented by masterly application of an "air brush" and the finest glazing by transparent paints."
Ms.Olga Malshina, art critic
Stanislav Plutenko was born in 1961 in Moscow. He drew and painted through childhood, but with parents who disapproved of his being a painter, studied in the turbine construction department of Moscow Machine Construction Institute. After army service, where he was appointed painter in the Officers Club and met many other painters, he became a designer.
He studied at the Academy of the National Economy named after M.Plekhanov and at the same time took private art lessons from the art masters of different work style. Since 1981 he worked as a show-window dresser, continuing to study painting in art studios. Since 1984 he has participated in exhibitions. In 1988 he worked with «Arbat 48», «Arbat 34», and «Mars» galleries. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Professional Graphic-Artists’ Union. In 1997 he was rewarded with Grand Prix of the «Golden Brush» exhibition. His work has been most recently seen in Britain in a one-man show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, 1996.
1989 «Seppe Gallery», Stockholm, Sweden
1989 «Art Russia», Helsinki, Finland
1991 «Gallery + Keramuk Baltiya» Ulm Donau, Germany
1992 Exhibition in the Artists’ Union’s Central Salon, Ukrainsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia
1996 Institute of Contemporary Arts, "ICA" Mall, London, UK
1998 «Albatros» gallery, Moscow, Russia
1999-2000 Aspire Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2000-2001 «Medici Haus» Zurich, Switzerland
2001 Gallery "Visit", Moscow, Russia
2002 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
2003 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
2004-2015 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK