Victoria Lomasko’s work combines graphic reportage, activism, workshop and book-making with monumental murals, reviving a cornerstone artistic practice from the Soviet era. Lomasko draws on Russian traditions of documentary graphic art, exploring the inner workings of contemporary society and its subcultures, such as religious orthodoxies, LGBT activists, migrant workers, sex workers, and provincial, geographically isolated communities.Whilst she has been widely celebrated for her graphic novels, most recently Other Russias, 2018, Lomasko’s latest works intertwine personal and collective narratives, creating a space of free-association that unfolds like a novel.
Victoria Lomasko graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2003. Her book Other Russias was awarded the 2018 Pushkin House Best Book in Translation award. Lomasko collaborates with various non-profit human rights organizations on creating materials for publication and taught workshops in places of incarceration. Recent solo exhibitions include Truth, Power, and the Art of Resistance, Miami University Humanities Center, Oxford, Ohio, USA, 2019; Apparition of the Last Soviet Artist, GRAD, London, UK, 2018; On the Eve, Pushkin House, London, UK, 2018; Other Russias: Angry, Ellis Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University with the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 2017; Unwanted Women, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, New York, 2017; Bishkek – Yerevan – Dagestan – Tbilisi. Feminist Travels, Goethe-Institut, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2016. Her work features in significant public collections including the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia; Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland. Lomasko lives and works in Moscow, Russia.