Two of the main principles of Ivan Svitlychnyi’s multidisciplinary works are notions of ‘idea’ and ‘form’. The artist studies ‘form’ not only as a unique notion, but also as a means of universal communication, an informative and a concise language. He freely navigates a wide specter of media, from academic materials, such as stone, metal and wood, to more technological ones, such as video, generative, programming, as well as various artistic practices, such as installation, performance, science art and audio sculpture. Svitlychnyi consistently studies art as one of the main instruments that forms social thinking.
He focuses on the most efficient way to solve specific artistic and intellectual problems. In his practice Ivan Svitlychnyi addresses viewer’s consciousness, as a singular space, within which these solutions are possible.
Ivan Svitlychnyi was born in 1988 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 2012 he graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art, specializing in indoor and monumental sculpture. In 2010 he founded and curated the TEC — creative exposition centre in Kharkiv and curated the art organization “01011101”. In 2014 he co-founded and curated the Shukhliada exhibition space – a virtual art space, platform to support independent projects by contemporary artists and integrate them with the latest technologies. Since 2015 he has been a participant of the Institution of Unstable Thoughts. In 2017 he participated in the Venice Biennale (as part of the «Parliament» project) in the Ukrainian Pavilion. His project (in collaboration with SVITER art group) — the algorithmic environment “Verbatix” was presented as part of the 2018 transmediale Vorspiel festival. Svitlychnyi was shortlisted for Pinchuk Art Prize in 2018, 2015 and 2011. His works can be found in collections of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, and private collections.