Pavel Pepperstein is a painter, graphic artist, an author of art-objects, installations, performances, theorist of modern culture, writer, and litterateur, one of the co-founders of the art group called "Inspection "Medical hermeneutics". He was born in Moscow on May 29 in 1966. His father Victor Pivovarov is an artist and pioneer of Moscow conceptualism. Irina Pivovarova, his mother, is a poetess, a children's books writer and a book illustrator.
Pavel Peppershtein studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1985 to 1987. In 1987 he co-founded the experimental group of artists called "Inspection Medical Hermeneutics" (P. Pepperstein, S. Anufriev, Y. Liederman). The emergence of which became a new phase in the development of the tradition of Moscow conceptualism. The group officially existed until 2001.
In the 1990s he developed the principles of the "psychedelic realism" that he invented, in which the traditional (classical) forms of realistic art (without any noticeable surrealistic or other displacements) are used to fill up and hallucinatory content (almost invisible to the uninitiated spectator). Pepperstein dialectically combines analytical, visual and literary practices, where psychedelics become a way of interpreting modern culture, and priority is given to it by the unconscious, "purl" processes. Pepperstein's art has been actively displayed at major international exhibitions.
In 2009, the project "Landscapes of the Future" was presented in the Russian pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. He also took part in the 26th Biennial in São Paulo (Brazil, 2004) and in the first Bergen Triennale (Norway, 2013). He's widely known as critic, art theorist, author of the books such as "Diet of the Old Man" (1997), "Mythogenic Love Castes" (1999), "Spring" (2010), "Prague Night" (2011). The novel "Mythogenic Love Castes" written in collaboration with S. Anufriev was nominated for "National Bestseller – 2006", the Russian literary award. GQ magazine recognized Pepperstein as the best writer of 2007. In 2009 he was a finalist of the Kandinsky Prize in the nomination "Project of the Year" (project "City of Russia", Regina Gallery). In 2014, Pepperstein was awarded the Kandinsky Prize with the project "Holy Politics".
Pavel lives and works in Moscow, as well as in St. Petersburg. His works can be found in the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow, the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, the George Pompidou Centre in Paris and in many public and private collections both in Russia and abroad.