Yury Kharchenko

Painting 2018 -2022


Yury Kharchenko, an outstanding representative of contemporary painting, paints in work cycles in which his intense relationship to existential subjects like darkness and light are omnipresent. He combines brilliant colourfulness with dense content – sometimes poetic, sometimes vociferous – to create his own highly individual pictorial language. His works from the past six years are presented in lavish illustrations and insightful texts.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from March 2024.

ISBN: 9783777441887 Category:


Beauty embraces horror – concentrated colours and motifs with depth.

Yury Kharchenko is an outstanding representative of contemporary painting. He creates works in cycles which reflect his profound connections with existential themes like darkness and light. He combines masterful colourfulness with dense substance to create a unique pictorial language ranging from the poetic to the strident. This volume illustrates his works from the last six years lavishly, together with knowledgeable texts.

In our consumer society, is the culture of remembrance increasingly degenerating into an entertainment park? In a time of growing anti-Semitism and relativisation of the Holocaust, Yury Kharchenko’s latest pictures demonstrate an explicitness and vehemence that are new to his work. He uses the vocabulary of Pop culture, of Disney and Hollywood, which he mixes with fantasies of violence containing taboo references to the Holocaust. The result is an artistic oeuvre which makes us look carefully and aims to galvanise.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22 x 27 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 25 March 2024
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Yury Kharchenko
Dimensions 22 x 27 cm
Weight 300 g


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Yury Kharchenko (b. 1986) studied at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. Today he lives as a freelance artist in Berlin and shows his works in international exhibitions.