Dasha Shishkin was born in Moscow in 1977 and currently lives in New York. In her phantasmagorias, the all-too-human blossoms in bizarre ways, exuding a suspicious perfume. Shishkin’s figures are sexually ambiguous, graceful and gentle, but also cruel. Their actions seem to be guided by secret obsessions and the logic of nightmares. The artist is clearly influenced by Surrealism, but also by outsider artists. While measuring her stupendous skills against the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, colored Japanese woodcuts and the great comic artists, Shishkin never denies her contemporaneity.
Shishkin has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally including “Bodylines”, Neues Museum, Nuremburg (2021); “Series: Prints from Warhol to Wool”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2021); “Tram Pam Pam”, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder (2017); “Imaginary Portraits of Prince Igor”, the Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York (2014); “One Torino: Shit and Die”, Palazzo Cavour, Torino (2014); “erry icket”, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara (2013); “I Surrender, Dear”, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2012); “Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia”, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); “Monanism”, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania (2011); “Living with Art: Collecting Contemporary in Metro New York”, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York (2010); “Embrace”, Denver Art Museum, Denver (2009); “World Receiver”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2007).
Shishkin received her MFA from Columbia University, NY and has shown globally at numerous galleries and museums. Her work is in the collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art and is represented by Vielmetter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX, Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany, and L21 Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.