Oleksiy Sai (b. 1975, Kyiv, Ukraine) is the artist who uses different media, but is mostly known for his personal invention – the praxis of Exel-Art. Sai has been working with Excel software as a visual language resource since 2004. Besides the fact that Sai sees the means of Excel as the most appropriate mode of addressing the office life realities, the artist’s choice to embrace the software developed to process large corpuses of data is also an attempt to demystify art practice as such. He graduated from the Kyiv College of Arts and Industries with a degree in graphic design in 1993, and from the Department of Easel Graphic Art at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2001. Sai showed in the PinchukArtCentre Prize (2009), the nationwide contemporary art prize for young Ukrainian artists.
Oleksiy Sai took part in many group and solo exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include: A Letter from the Front – Лист з фронту at Haus der Kunst (DE); Hi-Resolution: Ukrainian Culture and Contemporary Art Now!, The James Gallery, NYC, US; She Asked, I Followed. Her Name Is After, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL, (US); Worth Fighting For at PinchukArtCentre, Cologne (DE); Permanent Revolution, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary; MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome (IT). His work forms part of collections both public and private, including Ludwig Museum in Budapest, (HU), Museum of Odesa Modern Art (UA). Sai’s works have been covered and reviewed by The New York Times, The Gurdian and others.