Stas Makarov was one of the original members of the ‘New Academy of Art’ in St Petersburg in the 1980s and 90s. This was a group of artists who rejected modernism and mined Russia’s imperial and totalitarian past, sometimes ironically, as well as Hollywood movies, western advertising, kitsch and homoerotica for classical ideals of beauty. Makarov’s ‘Angels of St Petersburg’ series of paintings, hand-coloured photographs and prints captures the faded grandeur of Russia’s imperial capital by focussing on details of architectural ornament and public sculpture. The streaky gummiprint process used here is suggestive of peeling paint, washed-up beauty, or worn out ideals.
Biography
Born 1972, Leningrad.
1989 – was one of the founders of the “Recnik’ Club”(Klub Rechnikov) that united young poets, artists, musicians and designers.
1989-91 – attended classes of painting at Leningrad Free University (Svobodny Universtitet).
1992 – 1995 – student of New Academy of Fine Arts (created by Timur Novikov). Since
1995 – postgraduate of the above mentioned Academy, was member of its “research” group, under the guidance of D. Egelsky was trying to recreate forgotten “noble” techniques of photo print of the XIX’ century.
Since 1996 – member of the “research Department’ of the mentioned Academy. Belongs to the movement “New Serious” (“Novyie Serjosnye”).
 
Stas Makarov’ works are at the collection of State Russian Museum (Saint-Petersburg), Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Denmark and in private collections in Russia, UK, Finland, Germany, and Denmark.
 
Solo Exhibitions
1997 – “Letter” – Castle Chimilitze (Open Studio), Czech Republic
1998 – “Portrait- Landscape” – St. Petersburg, Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts
2002 – “Landscape-Phantom” – Moscow, Photo Biennale, Gallery A-3
2004 – “Petersburg’ Angels” – St. Petersburg, Gallery D-137
2004 – “Angels” – Moscow, “Art-Strelka”
2004 – “Selected Works” – Moscow, “Collectors’ Club”
2005 – “Love and Bath” – St. Petersburg, Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts
2007 – “Silver Light paintings” – St. Petersburg, Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts
2011 – “Petersburg Bridges” – St. Petersburg, Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts
 
Selected Group Shows
1994 – “Paintings. Graphics. Photos” St. Petersburg, Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts.
1994 – River inspection Performance “Shtubnits – the Ship of Art”. St. Petersburg, Russia.
1995- “Graduate’ Exhibition” St. Petersburg, Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts
1995 “Self-Identification” – Germany: Cologne, Berlin; Sopot, Poland – St. Petersburg, Russian Museum (Marble Palace) (catalogue)
1996 – New Russian Classicism. Vilnius. Lithuania
1996 – Metaphors of Renunciation. Topical art from St. Petersburg. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
1998 – “New “Positive” Processes”, St. Petersburg, Russian Museum (St.Michael’ Castle)
1998 – “Sankt-Peterburgas Neoakademiska Fototgrafija” – Arzemju Makslas Muzejs, Riga, Latvia.
1999 – “New Acquisitions” – St. Petersburg, Russian Museum
1999 – «Art of Photography at the New Academy of Fine Arts – Museum of Fine Arts, Orel, Russia
2000 – «The Heirs of Sparta». – Museum of Foreign Arts Sinebrychoff, Helsinki, Finland.
2001 – «Petersburg Painting with Light» – Gallery D-137, St. Petersburg
2002 – “Necro-Romanticism” – Museum of City Sculpture, St. Petersburg
2002 – “Die Griechische Klassik. Idee oder Wirklichkeit” – Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Germany
2004 – “Russisk Neoacademisme” – Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Denmark.
2005 – “Classicism” – Gallery Ru-Art, Moscow
2007 – “Positive Processes” – State Centre for Photography, St. Petersburg
2007- “Appearance of Angel” – Museum “Water World of Petersburg”, St. Petersburg
2008 “Circle of Timur Novikov’ Artists” – Museum of City Sculpture, St. Petersburg
2009 – “Sea level”(Homage to the 10th Anniversary of New Exhibition Hall) – Manezh, St. Petersburg
2011 – «Neo-Academism. St.Petersburg» – Foundation “Ekaterina”, Moscow (catalogue)
2014 – «Feeling the Difference» – “Erarta” Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg
2014 – «Severe Style GG» – Formula Gallery, Loft-Project “Etaghi”, St. Petersburg
2014 «The Most New» – New Museum (Novy Muzei), St. Petersburg (part of IV’ Baltic Biennale)
2015 – «Absolute Beauty – Neoacademism in Saint Petersburg» – Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest