Muhadin Kishev is one of the leading contemporary artists in Russia. Born in 1939 in Kabardino-

Balkaria in the former Soviet Union, he graduated in Fine Arts in 1965 and spent the early years

of his artistic career working in the Monumental Arts, on projects and state assignments for

murals, mosaics and intarsia.

Kishev is artist emeritus, member of the Russian Academy of Arts and in a career of more than

50 years he has had over 40 one man shows in Russia, England and Spain, receiving many prestigious

awards, including the Gold medal from the Russian Academy of Arts. In 1994 he spent

four years at the Chisenhale Studios in London which marked a radical change in his creative

work. At present he lives and works in Spain.

Colour is the protagonist of Kishev´s art, a colour which is strong, powerful, rhythmic and

at times unexpected, with a never-ending abundance of fine subtleties, combinations, contrasts.

His unique works on canvas and on paper transcend cultural barriers and evoke deep, personal

emotions.

A wide variety of themes characterize Kishev’s art, and like the jazz musician, he improvises

around a certain theme working in series under the principle of “non-finito” - that the artistic

search is never-ending.

Kishev’s paintings are in many Museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the

Tretyakov Gallery, the Museums of Fine Art of Kabardino-Balkaria, and Foundations and Cultural

Centres of Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. More than 300 paintings are in Private Collections

around the world, among which are the Gorbachev Foundation, the Spanish Royal Family

and the Kolodzei Collection of Russian Art in New York.

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Solo exhibitions


1963 – Krasnodar State University, Krasnodar, Russia

1965 – The Kabardino-Balkarian Museum of Fine Arts, Nalchik

1982 – Jubilee exhibition celebrating 20 years of work in art and 60th anniversary of Soviet

            Education, The Kabardino- Balkarian Museum of Fine Arts, Nalchik

1994 – The Central House of Artists, Moscow

1996 – Exhibition of Monoprints. MossCo Art World, London

1997 – Exhibition “From London to Moscow”. Central House of Artists, Moscow

1997 – Charity Exhibition “ArtAid” – in aid of the children of the Caucasus. London

1997 – Exhibition of Monoprints. MossCo Art World, London

1998 – Recent work. Canon Exhibition Hall, Moscow

1998 – Exhibition of Monoprints. MossCo Art World, London

1999 – Exhibition “Meditations”. Vejer, Spain

2000 – Jubilee exhibition to celebrate 60th birthday and 40 years of work in art. The National

            Museum, Nalchik, the Central House of Artists and the Moscow House of Nationalities,

            Moscow

2001 – “From the Caucasus to Andalusia” - three simultaneous exhibitions sponsored by The

             University of Cadiz, the Foundation of Culture and the Benot Gallery, Cadiz, Spain

2001 – “Andalusia in the eyes of Muhadin Kishev”. Instituto Cervantes, London

2001 – “The Beauty of Life”. Hotel Cosmos, Moscow

2002 – “Muhadin Kishev in Andalucía”. Jerez, Spain

2003 – “The Circle, triangle, square and point in abstract art”. El Ateneo, Madrid

2003 – “Nostalgia for Nature”. Marbella, Spain

2004 – “Nostalgia for Nature”. Benalmadena, Spain

2004 – “Nostalgia for Nature”. Museum of Wild Life, Leon, Spain

2004 – “The blood-stained windows of Beslan”. University of Cadiz, Spain

2005 – “Nostalgia for Nature”. Caja Rural del Sur, Huelva, Spain

2005 – “Nostalgia for Nature”. Galería Nim, Madrid

2005 – “Spaces”. Sala Joan Miró, Palace of Congresses, Madrid

2005 – “Window on Europe”. Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

2006 – “Window on Europe”. The National Museum, Nalchik

2006 – “The Beginning of the Way”. ( Kishev collection of the Soviet Period)

             The Kabardino-Balkarian Museum of Fine Arts, Nalchik

2007 – “Around the Circle”. Malaga University, Spain

2007 – “The Rhythm of Colour”. Vincent Gallery, Moscow

2008 – “The Power of Colour”. The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

2008 – “The Power of Colour”, Cultural Centre “Sala Aires de Cordoba”, Cordoba, Spain

2009 – “A Hymn to Beauty”. Jubilee exhibition to celebrate 70th birthday and 50 years of work

            in art. The National Museum, Nalchik

2010 – “A Hymn to Beauty”. Jubilee exhibition to celebrate 70th birthday and 50 years of work

            in art. Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russia

            “A Hymn to Beauty”. Jubilee exhibition to celebrate 70th birthday and 50 years of work

            in art. State Museum of th Peoples of Orient, Maikop, Adygeya

            “A Hymn to Beauty”. Russian Centre for Culture, Pushkin House, London

            “A Hymn to Beauty”. Centre for Culture, Talyatin. Russia

2012 – “A Hymn to Beauty”. Parshin Gallery, Stavropol, Russia

            “A Hymn to Beauty”, New Work. State Museum of the Peoples of Orient, Maikop,

            Adygeya

           “A Hymn to Beauty”. Exhibition Hall, Pescaderia Vieja, Jerez, Cadiz, Spain

           “A Hymn to Beauty” Vincent Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

2013 – “A Hymn to Beauty” Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Madrid, Spain


Awards


1963 – First Class Diploma for Excellence, Krasnodar State University

1964 – First Class Diploma from the Ministry of Culture, Kabardino-Balkaria

1970 – Medal for “Valiant Labour” on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lenin.

1982 – The Laureate prize of Lenin Comsomol, Kabardino-Balkaria

2000 – Order of Knight of Honour, for his contribution to Russian Contemporary Art and his

            charity work, Moscow

2000 – Artist Emeritus of Kabardino-Balkaria

2001 – Academician & Comendador de las Palmas Académicas of the International Academy of

            Science, Technology & Humanities Valencia, Spain

2001 – Received the Order of Malta. Zaragoza, Spain

2001 – Honorary member of the Circassian International Academy of Sciences, AMAN-KBR

2001 – Member of the European Academy of Arts, Belgium

2002 – Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

2002 – Comendador de las Palmas Académicas con Placa de Mérito of the International

            Academy of Science, Technology & Humanities. Valencia, Spain

2003 – Gold medal (vermeil) European Academy of Arts. Spain

2004 – National Gold Medal, European Academy of Arts, Belgium

2004 – National Gold Medal, European Academy of Arts, Paris

2007 – Jubilee Gold Medal “450 years with Russia”, Kabardino-Balkaria

2008 – Full member of the Circassian International Academy of Sciences, AMAN-KBR

2008 – Honorary member of the Union of Artists of Jordan

2008 – Gold Medal “300th Anniversary of the victory over the Crimean Tartars” for his painting

            “The Battle of Kanzhal”. KBR

2008 – Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts, for his exhibition “The Power of Colour”,

            the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

2009 – Full member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

2010 – The “Shuvalov” Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Arts, for his exhibition

            “A Hymn to Beautyr” at the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow

2013 – Artist Emeritus of the Russian Federation


Museums & private collections

  • Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art
  • Foundation of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Moscow
  • Art Fund of the Russian Federation, Moscow
  • Gorbachev Art Foundation, Moscow
  • Manezh Art Foundation, Moscow (paintings burnt in the fire of 2004)
  • The Kabardino-Balkarian Museum of Fine Arts, Nalchik
  • The Krasnodar Museum of Fine Art ‘F.A. Kovalenko’. Krasnodar, Russia
  • Museum of Art, Tobolsk, Siberia
  • Adygeisky Exhibition Hall, Maikop, Adygeya
  • The Dagestan Museum of Fine Art ‘P.S.Gamzatova’, Mahachkala
  • The State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Ingushetia, Narzan
  • Collection of the Cervantes Institute, London
  • The Spanish Royal Family
  • Collection of the “Ateneo”, Madrid
  • Collection of the University of Cadiz
  • Collection of the University of Malaga
  • Delegation of Culture, Cadiz
  • Delegation of Culture, Jerez
  • Mateo Berrueta Art Collection “Gentes de Forastia”, Artists of the World, Spain
  • The Royal Family of Jordan
  • Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Kolodzei Art Foundation, USA


Over 300 paintings in private collections in Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Iceland,

Poland, Finland, France, the United States, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Australia, New Zealand,

Africa, the former Republics of the USSR and other countries of the world.

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