Igor Alekseevich Novikov, a Russian artist, was born on the 2nd January 1961 in Ceadir-Lunga, Moldova, in the family of the artist Novikov Alexey Ivanovich who is a member of the USSR Union of Artists, and an academician of the Academy of Arts of Russia. Igor Novikov belongs to the generation of Moscow’s non-conformist artists, whose creative development was in the era of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In 1967 Igor Alekseevich Novikov went to the school of drawing in the House of Pioneers in the city of Chisinau. In 1970 he entered the Art School I. Repin Chisinau, and in 1980 graduated from it. A year later he entered the Moscow Academy of Arts, where he studied in the workshops of Yu. Korolev and T. Salakhov. In 1987 he graduated and received the state diploma of the artist-painter, in the same year he joined the Union of Artists of the USSR, and together with the artist S. Mironenko, he organized the association of young avant-garde artists “Furmanny Lane” in Moscow, which became part of the movement of Soviet non-conformism until its closure in 1991.
As a student from 1981, Igor had the opportunity to exhibit his work at various exhibition venues in Moscow, as well as abroad. In 1984 he created an art group and art center “ARX”. As part of the group he participated in his first exhibition in a communal apartment at Chistye Prudy. The first members of the group were Alexey Novikov, Andrei Kazakov, Yuri Andropov and Mikhail Lyubomudrov. In 1984, the Warsaw avant-garde club “Remont”, as part of a creative exchange under the program of the International Cultural Festival of the USSR and Warsaw, held the first exhibition of the Soviet artist Novikov in Poland. In 1986, a trip to India took place as part of a creative exchange on the program of the International Cultural Festival of the USSR and India. In 1988, a personal exhibition was held in the exhibition hall of the Hermitage Garden in Moscow. In 1988, Igor attended a lecture course at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, and additionally held the Red and White exhibition at the Havenmuseum with the publication of a catalog. In May 1988, the opening of the personal apartment exhibition “Hyperborea” took place in the workshops on Furmanny Lane. In 1989, a large exhibition of non-conformism “Furmanniy Lane” was organized in Old Norbin’s Manufacture Warsaw with the publication of the catalog. In 1990, a large exhibition of non-conformism “Furmanniy Lane” in the Museum of Martigny, in Switzerland, with the publication of a catalog was organised. In the same year, in the State Art Gallery of the Moscow Foundation for Culture M. Gorbachev, there was an exhibition entitled Horizons, Mount Meru with his father with famous artist Novikov Alex Ivanovich, as well as an exhibition at the international art fair Herbst in Frankfurt, Germany and the exhibition “Soviet Art of Glasnost “in the gallery” Du Cygne “in Geneva, Switzerland. Numerous catalogs have been published.
From 1990 to 1993 He was a UNESCO Fellow and worked in the creative workshops of Le Corbusier in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In 1991, a personal exhibition was organized in the PN gallery of Warsaw, with the publication of a catalog. In 1991, he exhibited as part of the project “Contemporary Art of Russia” at the Art Expo in Hong Kong. Around the same period, an exhibition was organized with the publication of the New Conformist Exhibition catalog together with the famous German artists Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz, in the city of Torun, Poland. Again in the same year, a personal exhibition was held in the house “Morgan Manor” in San Francisco, USA, where all the paintings were stolen! In 1992, the House Corbusier at the Villa Turku in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland held a personal exhibition with the publication of a catalog. In the city of Seville, Spain, a personal exhibition was held in the Russian pavilion at Expo’92, dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the opening of Christopher Columbus of America with the support of the Russian Embassy, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, and the Ministry of Culture of Russia. Once more in 1992, a personal exhibition was organised in the gallery IL Cavaletto in Locarno, Switzerland, with the publication of a catalog. Subsequently, Igor worked in Berlin, Düsseldorf and in Austria.
In 1993, a personal retrospective exhibition was organized with the publication of a catalog at the main exhibition site of Russia – at the Museum of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, as well as the first official exhibition of Russian non-conformism at the Museum of National Art in Warsaw. In 1993, an exhibition was held with the publication of a catalog at Art-Expo “Tias” in Tokyo, Japan. Also in 1993, a personal exhibition was held at the Drouot Salon, Richelieu, in Paris, France.
In 1994, with the participation of the Bank of Austria, a personal exhibition was held at the Castle Landskron, in the town of Villach, Austria, and then an exhibition of Russian non-conformism in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, with the publication of a catalog. In 1995, Igor lectured on contemporary art at the Museum of Architecture and at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at the Moscow City Duma and other institutes of the city of Moscow. In 1996, a personal exhibition was held in the Moscow City Duma. Again in the same year in “Russian House”, an exhibition was held with Grokhovsky, Iefante, Budapest.
In 1997 – an exhibition in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, and also in 1997 with the assistance of the Otto Foundation and Streletsky Foundation, Novikov carried out his first curatorial project “ARX” in Berlin, publishing a catalog from Germany. In 1998, a personal exhibition was held at the Russian Cultural Foundation in the city of Moscow and at the Franziskanergasse gallery in the city of Salzburg, with the support of the Russian Embassy in Austria.
In 1999 He held a solo exhibition with the artist Novikov Alex Ivanovich in the gallery Callet Molin in the city of Vevey, Switzerland. In 2000, a personal exhibition was held in the gallery “O” in the city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
In 2001, a personal retrospective exhibition was organized with the support of the Russian Embassy in Switzerland with the publication of a catalog in the City Museum of Martigny, Switzerland, as well as an exhibition in the gallery of Christine Brügger in Bern. In 2002, he held a solo exhibition with his father Alexey Novikov, an artist in Novikov, in the See Park business center in Thun, Switzerland. In 2003 he exhibited at the City Museum of Zug. In 2004 – in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Moscow, a retrospective exhibition with his father, Novikov Alexey Ivanovich, and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia was held. In the same year, with the support of the Russian Embassy in Switzerland, he held a solo exhibition at the Design Haus in the city of Langenthal, Switzerland. In 2005, with the support of the Swiss Embassy and the Moscow City Hall, he held a joint exhibition with the famous Swiss artist Elzo Schiavo at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia. In 2006, with the support of the Russian Embassy in Switzerland, he held a solo exhibition with his father Novikov Alexey Ivanovich at Motiers Castle, in Val de Travers, Switzerland, as well as an exhibition at the Adler Gallery in Geneva and Gstaad, Switzerland and London, United Kingdom.