Biography

Dmitry Kustanovich was born on March 29, 1970 in Minsk. He lives and works in St. Petersburg.

From 1995 to present day, he held more than 100 exhibitions, most of them were personal. His works belong in galleries and private collections in many countries around the world.

He is the founder of a new style of painting – spatial realism. Spatial realism is the authorial style of painting by Dmitry Kustanovich, in which the space depicted within the same plane and within the framework of the realistic method, due to the expressive means of painting, acquires the effect of three-dimensionality and dynamism.

The outset of the painter's creative activity took place in his native city of Minsk. It was here that he began to create the world-famous series “Urban Rains”, “Butterflies”, “Glass”, etc.The painter has held solo exhibitions in Minsk, participated in the production of theatrical scenographies. Personal exhibitions were also held in Portugal, Germany, Russia, France, and the Netherlands.

In 2006, the painter moved to St. Petersburg. The first exhibition, in which he takes part, brings him success and recognition. Famous Russian gallery owners Georgy Nikolaevich Mikhailov (the founder and owner of the Free Russian Contemporary Art Foundation), Vitaly Petrovich Tretyakov and many others host him at their exhibition venues.

Christmas personal exhibition of Dmitry Kustanovich is held annually and becomes a Petersburg's tradition in the Smolny Cathedral of St. Petersburg.

The painter creates new series of paintings: “Russian”, “Forest”, “Petersburg Courtyards”, “Dreams on the Neva”, “Texture of cinema”, “Etudes at the wheel”, “Triumph of Orthodoxy”, “Alexander Nevsky Lavra”, “Aesthetics of Globalism”, “Women's images”, etc.

The painter's homeland — Belarus — has always been a source of inspiration for him. The small streets of his native Minsk, the unique beauty of the Belarusian nature have always lived in the memory, touched the heart of the painter and served as the subjects of his canvases. While working in St. Petersburg, he created and presented to the Russian audience a new series of paintings, which he lovingly called “My little Homeland — Belarus”.

On December 29, 2009, by the decision of the International Coordinating Council of the World Alliance “PEACEMAKER” (Moscow), the painter Dmitry Kustanovich was awarded the Medal “Talent and Vocation” for promoting the ideas of peace. In December 2009 Dmitry Kustanovich was awarded the title of Academician of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (St. Petersburg).

In June 2010, a personal gallery of paintings by Dmitry Kustanovich –“Gallery of Kustanovich” – was opened in St. Petersburg at 11 B. Konyushennaya Street. Located in the historical center of St. Petersburg, the gallery has become one of the cultural centers visited by residents of St. Petersburg and guests of the “northern capital”. The gallery regularly hosts master classes of the artist, music and creative evenings.

In 2012, director Pyotr Soldatenkov, the author of the film about Vladimir Vysotsky and many other well-known documentaries, presented a new documentary about the painter Dmitry Kustanovich – “I Love”.

On December 2, 2013, Dmitry Kustanovich was awarded the Diploma of Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga in Blessing for his hard work for the glory of the Holy Church and in connection with the 300th anniversary of the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg.

The master is included in the list of the Best contemporary artists of Russia (ARTEEX).

The inventor of the authorial technique of painting, Dmitry Kustanovich entered contemporary art as a master, who is distinguished by originality, recognizability, depth of content and a high level of performance.

He created his own pictorial language based on personal, musical perception of the surrounding world. Much attention is paid to the surface of the painting, the painting plane itself, which is of great importance for the formation of the space of the image.

The character of the compositions, the special solution of the surface form the specific dynamics of Kustanovich's canvases. With a deep texture layer directly on the canvas, the master creates a thick palette, on which he technically and accurately forms his creative concept.

The author found his own penmanship, his own techniques with the use of a palette knife, which gives the opportunity to make the painting three-dimensional, multi-layered and polyphonic. His painting is textured, graphic and subtle. The lines are rhythmic and free. In expression and emotionality – a sense of temperance and taste. He found a new style of stroke, he has his own, so-called “oil graphics”.

The technique of execution, like the technique of the fingers of a musician, is neat, sensual, professional. Musical education helps the author to perceive all the phenomena of nature on a subtle intuitive level, which gives his works a rhythmic compositional structure and musicality to the sound of the palette.

Encounter of classical art and modern culture, references to images and styles of different eras, mixing, richness of associations are characteristic of the painter's work.

Highlighting the current trends in art, we can say that the painter stands apart. A kind of “loner”, he attracts more and more attention every year. His hand is recognizable.

He is one of the most popular contemporary artists. The paintings of Kustanovich are acquired by both collectors and amateurs, including for the purpose of financial investments. He is one of the few painters who, while causing a lot of controversy around him, has received independent recognition and love of the viewers.

The list of exhibitions
1995 — participation in the «White Art Festival», Minsk, Belarus.
1996 — personal exhibition, gallery «Medea», Minsk, Belarus.
1999 — personal exhibition, «Constancia», Lisbon, Portugal.
2000 to 2001 — scenography set up of the play «Mad Day or The Marriage of Figaro» based on the play of the same name by Beaumarchais, Belarusian State Youth Theater, Minsk, Belarus.
2001 — personal exhibition, gallery «Brey», Diepholz, Germany.
2001 — personal exhibition, gallery «Rauber», Vechta, Germany.
2002 — personal exhibition, Association of State Literary Museums of the Republic of Belarus, State Museum of the History of Belarusian Literature, Belarusian Committee of the International Council of Museums «ICOM», Gallery «LaSandr“, Minsk, Belarus.
2002 — personal exhibition «Urban Melodies 2», Minsk City Executive Committee and «Art-Modern Gallery», Minsk, Belarus.
2002 — personal exhibition, «Elastogran», Lemferde, Germany.
2002 — participation in the exhibition «Design: Interior 2002», Belexpo, Minsk, Belarus.
2003 — The UN Office in Belarus together with the Christian Children's Fund carried out the project «Children in the world of AIDS». As part of the project, on 01.12.2002, on World AIDS Day, a National competition of children's creative works was announced. It was attended by about 100 children and young people from all over Belarus. The design of the project was carried out by the painter Dmitry Kustanovich.
2003 — personal exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2003 — joint action of ART-BELARUS Gallery and the team of St. Petersburg artists «Glinka» (Moscow – Russia). The event was held in the Moscow club «Club on Brestskaya». ART-BELARUS Gallery presented a personal exhibition of works by the painter Dmitry Kustanovich.
2004 — Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-2004» (Moscow— Russia).
2004 — personal exhibition, creative workshop «Ot Kusta», Trinity faubourg, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — personal exhibition «Dreams of a Fisherman», creative workshop «From the Bush» Trinity faubourg, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — participation in the 22nd International Exhibition of Housing and Construction «Belarusian House», Belexpo, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — participation in the 11th International Specialized Exhibition “Minsk Salon. Design. Interior.”, Belexpo, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — participation in the exhibition «Belarusian Construction Week», Belexpo, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — participation in the collaborative exhibition of Belarusian artists «Les couleurs vives de la Russie Blanche», gallery «Art et Actualite», Paris,France.
2005 — personal exhibition, creative workshop «Ot Kusta», Trinity faubourg, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — participation in the collaborative exhibition of Belarusian artists «My City», gallery “University of Culture”, Minsk, Belarus.
2005 — joint exhibition, Belarusian Art Gallery Kartina, Netherlands.
2006 — personal exhibition, creative workshop «Ot Kusta», Trinity faubourg, Minsk, Belarus.
2006 — exhibition, Sevastopol vernissage, Sevastopol, Crimea.
2006 — participation in the IV Christmas Art Fair, «Tretyakov Gallery», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2007 — personal exhibition, Mikhailov Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2007 — personal exhibition «In memory of the father», gallery «LaSandr–art», Minsk, Belarus.
2007— participation in the 10th Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-2007», Moscow, Russia.
2007 — personal exhibition «Crystal City», «Russian Gallery», Vilnius, Lithuania.
2007 — participation in the VIII International Biennale of Contemporary Art «Dialogues», Central Exhibition Hall «Manege», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2007 —personal exhibition, Russian-German Center, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2007 — participation in the exhibition of contemporary fine art «Art of St. Petersburg. Modern. Art», Center for Contemporary Art «ARTINDEX», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008 — participation in the “CHA-2008” International Art Show, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2008 — personal exhibition «St. Petersburg — Minsk», the «LaSandr-Art» Gallery, Minsk, Belarus.
2008 — participation in the regional exhibition «The World of Art» devoted to the Day of Artist, Tosno, Russia.
2008 — personal exhibition «Sounds on Canvas», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008 — personal exhibition «Butterflies-flowers», the Jewelry Fashion Gallery “O!”, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008 — participation in the “Art-Petersburg” International Art Fair, The Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008 — personal VIP exhibition “Carnival by Kustanovich”, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008 — participation in the Christmas Art Fair-2008, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2008 — participation in the Christmas Art Fair, State Duma, Moscow, Russia.
2009 — personal exhibition, Cultural and Educational Center «Agora», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2009 — personal exhibition-concert, Memorial Museum — apartment of the actors Samoylovy, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2009 — participation in the VII Christmas Art Fair, «Tretyakov Gallery», St. Petersburg, Russia.
December 2009 — the painter was awarded the title of Academician of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2009 — personal exhibition «With love to St. Petersburg», Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2009 — participation in the Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-2009», CHA, Moscow, Russia.
2009 — participation in the exhibition «Secrets of Paris», Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2009 — personal exhibition-concert, the Great Concert Hall of the Polytechnic State University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2009 — participation in a joint exhibition, Wonga Gallery, Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel, Moscow, Russia.
2009 — participation in the exhibition «St. Petersburg Art Seasons in Moscow», Moscow, Russia.
2009 — participation in the exhibition «Traditions of Modernity», Central Exhibition Hall «Manege», Moscow, Russia.
2009 — participation in the exhibition «Views of the Canal», gallery «Montmartre», St. Petersburg, Russia.
December 29, 2009 by decision of the International coordinating Council of the world Alliance «PEACEMAKER» painter Dmitry Kustanovich was awarded the Medal «Talent and Vocation» for promoting the ideas of peace (order No. 177 from 29.12.2009).
2009-2010 — participation in the International Exhibition «the Creators of Peace» of the world Alliance «Peacemaker», Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2010 — participation in the exhibition «Walks of a Lonely Dreamer», Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2009-2010 — personal exhibition «Melodies of Christmas Petersburg», Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2010 — participation in the Moscow International Art Salon «Central House of Artists – 2010», Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2010 — personal exhibition «Waiting for summer» or «From black and white to color», Gallery on Mokhovaya Street, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2010 — personal exhibition «Melodies on canvas», Vyborg Castle, Vyborg, Russia.

July 2010 — Dmitry Kustanovich's personal gallery of paintings — «Gallery of Kustanovich» — was opened.

2010-2011 — personal exhibition, Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2011 — joint exhibition «HOBBY of St. Petersburg: collecting», Central Exhibition Hall «Manege», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2011 — personal exhibition dedicated to the International Museum Day, Smolny Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2011 — specialized exhibition-fair «Collector», Central Exhibition Hall «Manege», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2011-2012 — personal exhibition, Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2012 — director Pyotr Soldatenkov, the author of the film about Vladimir Vysotsky and many other famous documentaries, presented a new documentary about the painter Dmitry Kustanovich – «I LOVE».

2012-2013 — personal exhibition dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.

On December 2, 2013, Dmitry Kustanovich was awarded the Diploma of Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga in Blessing for his hard work for the glory of the Holy Church and in connection with the 300th anniversary of the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg.

2013-2014 — personal exhibition, Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 — joint exhibition of outstanding contemporary artists dedicated to the Days of Belarusian Culture in St. Petersburg (organized by the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the Secretariat of the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States), Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 — participation in the exhibition-fair «ArtExpoSPb 2014», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 — specialized exhibition-fair «Antique Bazaar», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 — joint exhibition within the framework of the Year of Culture in the Russian Federation «Art Action Sochi-2014», Sochi, Russia.
2014 — participation in the art fair «The Magic of Christmas», hotel «Kempinski Moika 22», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — personal exhibition dedicated to the new series of works «Trees», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — participation in the 18th Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-2015», Moscow, Russia.
2015 — participation in the art fair «ART TREND», organized by ArtExplorer Group, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — participation in the specialized exhibition-fair «Art-Bazaar», Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — participation in the specialized exhibition «Treasures of St. Petersburg», organized by ArtExplorer Group, Architect's House, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — joint exhibition «Let's Speak about the Beautiful», Merkulov Gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2015 — participation in the exhibition «ART TREND 2», organized by the ArtExplorer Group, the Large Exhibition Hall of the Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — personal exhibition «How I spent the summer», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — participation in the 16th International Salon of Contemporary Art, Art Shopping Paris — Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France.
2015 — participation in the art fair ArtExpoSPb 2015, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — participation in the specialized exhibition-fair «Art-Bazaar», Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 — participation in the Christmas Art Fair 2015, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2015 — joint exhibition «Art-Carnival», TV channel «Artist TV», gallery «Vincent», Moscow, Russia.
2015 — participation in the exhibition «ART TREND III», organized by the ArtExplorer Group, the Large Exhibition Hall of the Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 — joint exhibition «Moscow Plus», Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2016 — participation in the exhibition «ART TREND IV», organized by the ArtExplorer Group, the Large Exhibition Hall of the Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 — participation in the 18th International Art Salon «ART Perm», Perm, Russia.
2016 — participation in the 19th Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-2016», Moscow, Russia.
2016 — participation in the Art-Decor 2016 exhibition-sale, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 — participation in the International Art Salon «ART Rostov», Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
2016 — participation in the X Anniversary International Festival of Arts «Traditions and Modernity», Central Manege, Moscow, Russia.
2016 — personal exhibition «Complete collection of the works by Dmitry Kustanovich 2016», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 — personal exhibition in support of the construction of the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Roshchino village, Russia.
2016 — personal exhibition «The image of St. Petersburg in the works of Dmitry Kustanovich», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 — participation in the III International Contemporary Art Fair «ArtExpoSPb», St. Petersburg, Russia.
2016 — participation in the first All-Russian painting exhibition «Art-Russia-2016», Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «Winter in the works of Dmitry Kustanovich», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition, Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «St. Petersburg of Dmitry Kustanovich», the Museum of Architecture and Design of USUAA, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
2017 — participation in the International Art Salon «ART Rostov 2017», Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
2017 — participation in the 19th International Art Salon «ART Perm», Perm, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism», Central Exhibition Hall, Perm, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «The Expression of Color», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2017 — participation in the II All-Russian painting exhibition «Art Russia 2017», Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «Experiment and Tradition», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism», Gallery of Arts, Tyumen, Russia.
2017 — personal exhibition «Christmas Exhibition», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2018 — participation in the 20th International Art Salon «ART Perm», Perm, Russia.
2018 — participation in the International Art Salon «ART Rostov 2018»,Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
2018 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism», Fort Gallery, Sochi, Russia.
2018 — participation in the Eurasian Festival of Contemporary Art EFCA 2018, Yekaterinburg, Russia.
2018 — participation in the III All-Russian painting exhibition «Art Russia 2018», Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
2018 — participation in the International Art Salon «ART Krasnodar», Krasnodar, Russia.
2018 — personal exhibition «Christmas Exhibition», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2018 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism», Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.
2019 — participation in the 21st International Art Salon «ART Perm», Perm, Russia.
2019 — personal exhibition «Awakening», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2019 — participation in the International Art Salon «ART Rostov 2019»,Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
2019 — personal exhibition «Colorful Dreams of the White Nights of St. Petersburg», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2019 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism of Dmitry Kustanovich», Fort Gallery, Sochi, Russia.
2019 — personal exhibition «Saint Petersburg. Gold of Leaves, Silver of Rain», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2019 — participation in the IV All-Russian painting exhibition «Art Russia 2019», Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
2019 — participation in the international exhibition «Metropolitan Art Seasons. Autumn 2019», «ART Box» Art Center, Moscow, Russia.
2020 — personal exhibition «Christmas Exhibition», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2020 — participation in the Moscow Art Fair 2020, Gostiny Dvor, Moscow, Russia.
2020 — participation in the international contemporary Art fair «Ponaekhali!», Expoforum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2020 — participation in the international contemporary art fair Art Russia, Gostiny Dvor, Moscow, Russia.
2020 — participation in the 22nd International Art Salon «ART Perm», Perm, Russia.
2020 — personal exhibition «Spatial Realism», Gallery of Kustanovich, St. Petersburg, Russia.

On July 27, 2016, art critics determined the name of Dmitry Kustanovich's painting style — spatial realism.
Paintings are in museums, galleries and private collections in a lot of countries around the world.