Slava Zhdanov was born on December 27, 1979, in Tashkent (Uzbek SSR). He has been fond of drawing since childhood. In 1992 his family moved to the city of Ulyanovsk (Russia). He graduated from Ulyanovsk Art School № 1. From 1997 to 2001 he studied at the Ulyanovsk Culture College as a graphic artist. During this period, he became interested in rock music and created a rock group "Stuffed Animals", which later became popular in the city of Ulyanovsk and the region. In 2001, it was awarded as the best rock band in Ulyanovsk. Several music albums were recorded. At the same time the first series of art works were created in the genre of avant-garde. For example, series "Roses" and "Love." In 1999 he was offered to participate in the series of avant-garde art exhibitions "Salon Secession" and then "Postmodern 2". These works were published in booklets and exhibition catalogs. After graduation in 2001 he entered the Ulyanovsk State University - the Department of Art and Culture, specialty - environmental design.
In 2003 "Stuffed Animals" disbanded, but the music continued to be a priority and Slava recorded alone or invited Ulyanovsk musicians to create music albums. During his studies at the university he became active as a designer in the field of advertising.
After graduation of the University in 2007 Slava went to Moscow as his ambitions in the sphere of creativity could not be fully realized in the province. In Moscow he began to work as an artist and a designer. First year in Moscow was not an easy one: hardship in rental apartments and rooms, loneliness and depression, all this influenced the creation of paintings "Orange Life." As he found love and home in Moscow, in 2008 he began to pour out all his artistic ideas to the canvas. So in early 2009, a series of nine paintings were written: "Orange Life" and the triptych "Waiting for the Dinner." Lately in July 2009 the triptych "Jokes of Chronos" was written specially for the contest of young artists in St. Petersburg "Benchmarks V”, where the triptych took third place. Group exhibition of participants took place in St. Petersburg, in the hall "Manezh". The winter of 2010 brought an offer from the showroom "DreamPolice" (Moscow) and the gallery "Image - L" (St. Petersburg) to expose Slava’s works. Thus, in April 2010 the first exhibition of the "Orange Life and Other Shades of Modernity" in the exhibition hall of "DreamPolice", and in May 2010 was the second solo exhibition "Shades of the Present" in the gallery "Image-L."
In autumn 2010 the paintings interested Moscow gallery "Panopticum INUTERO». Director of the gallery organized a meeting with Slava Zhdanov, to which he brought his paintings. After seeing the pictures, gallery director offered cooperation in the form of exhibitions. Since the exhibition plan of the gallery was full for many months, the exhibition was organized only in August 2011. It was decided to hang paintings of Slava Zhdanov withthe works of such artists as Vasily Golubev and Katerina Gorokhova, as their paintings were united by one theme, this theme of daily round. And the exhibition became the original name for / LIFE. The exhibition was a success, and due to journalists from different channels, Slava Zhdanov become known a little among some art lovers.
Now Slava Zhdanov workes as an Art Director at an advertising agency and devotes all his spare time to painting and preparing for new exhibitions and projects.
2001-2007 Ulyanovsk State University (Russia), MA.
Art and Culture Department, Master of Architectural Design.
1997-2001 Ulyanovsk Art College. Department of Pictorial Art
2011 – 2013 Art Director, Cappuccino Advertising Agency,Moscow.
2009 – 2010 Designer, Centroprint,Moscow.
2008 – 2009. Graphic Designer, Fabrika Art,Moscow.
2007 – 2008. Graphic Designer, DenStroy, Moscow.
2004 – 2007. Artist Designer, Forum,Ulyanovsk.
Salon Secession. Exhibition of avantgard art.
(«Ulanovsk National Technical University», Ulanovsk, Russia, 1999)
«Postmodern – 2» («Ulyanovsk Music College», Ulanovsk, Russia, 1999)
«Archaeology of Meaning» (Central Exhibition Hall «Manege», St. Petersburg, 2009.).
Participation in the exhibition" Flying Asleep and Awake "
(Kashirka exhibition Hall, Moscow, 2010).
Exhibition contest «Remembering Spring» (Gallery «Polis Dream», Moscow, 2010)
St.Petersburg's Art Week 2010 (St. Petersburg’s Artist Union, St. Petersburg, 2010)
Exhibition «OF /LIFE» V. Zhdanov, K. Gorokhov, V. Golubev
(Gallery «Panopticon INUTERO», Moscow, 2011)
«Orange life and other colours of modern age» (Gallery «Polis Dream», Moscow, 2010)
«Colours of modern age» (Gallery «Image-L», St. Petersburg, 2010)
CONTESTS, AWARDS, PROJECTS:
City contest winner (second prize): “Project of reconstruction and improvement of the park of 3d International in Ulyanovsk” organized by the Committee of Architecture and Urban Municipality of Ulyanovsk.
Participation in the following art-contests:
- 5th Contest of Young Artists “Milestones” (painting), St. Petersburg, Russia,2009.3d prize
- International prize for contemporary arts. Associazione Culturale L’Albero Celeste, Italy. 2009, 2010
- Kandinsky Prize 2009. (Moscow, 2009)
- Art contest «Remembering Spring»,Gallery «Polis Dream», Moscow, Russia, 2010.3d prize.
- International contest «Henkel Art Award 2010» (Moscow, 2010)
- International contest «ArtPreview 2010» (Moscow, 2010)
- International contest «Art Moment 2010» (St. Petersburg, 2010)
- International contest «ArtPreview 2012» (Moscow, 2012)
- Kandinsky Prize 2012. (Moscow, 2012)
- 7th INTERNATIONAL ART PRIZE ARTE LAGUNA, Italy, 2012-13
PUBLISHED IN ART-CATALOGUES:
- Catalogue of Salon Secession, Ulyanovsk, Russia, 1999.
- Catalogue of the exhibition “Postmodern-2”, Ulyanovsk, Russia, 1999.
- Magazine «Simbirsk Design, December, 2009", Ulyanovsk, Russia.
- Magazine «OSTwind, December, 2011" Nyumberg, Germany.
- Catalogue of the exhibition "New Names", St. Petersburg, Russia, 2013