Ilya Gaponov is a graduate of the 2005 School for Young Artists programme.
"PRO ARTE, undoubtedly, is one of the most important stages of my becoming, this is where I confronted the reality. Traditional education, on the opposite, draws the student very far from the real world. We found ourselves in a creative atmosphere with caring, active curators, artists, critics. I keep in touch with many fellow students and really appreciate our friendship. They are Victoria Ilyushkina, Ilya Trushevsky, Pavel Shugurov, Ulyana Apatina. As a student I was invited to my first big group exhibitions, and Gleb Ershov curated my first personal exhibition at the Navicula Artis gallery."
Ilya Gaponov is a graduate of the 2005 School for Young Artists programme. Graduated from the St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design, department of monumental and decorative painting, Ecole Nationale Superieure des BEAUX ARTS, Paris (Vincent BARRE workshop). Participant of the exhibitions at the State Russian Museum, the Museum of Moscow, the Russian Academy of Arts (Moscow), the Museum of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg and many others. Solo exhibitions in Russia, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Hungary, participant of Art Basel Selection and Europe Art Fair 2009. Nominee for the Kandinsky Prize. Ilya’s works have been acquired for the collections of the State Russian Museum, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Yekaterinburg), Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre.