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Vitaly Komar, Russian artist. Grantee National Endowment Arts, 1982.


Komar, Vitaly was born on September 11, 1943 in Moscow.


Born in Moscow, Komar attended art high school there from 1958 to 1960, after which he studied and graduated from the Moscow High School of Industry.


He began cooperating with Alexander Melamid in 1973 and collaborated with him until 2003, when the two separated to pursue individual work. Komar currently resides in New York City, USA, and has had solo exhibitions at the Moscow Biennale and the Galerie Sandmann (Berlin, Germany).


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1978, Museum Modern Art, Oxford England, Museum Decorative Art, Paris, 1985, Neuen Gesellschaft für Gildende Kunst, Berlin, 1988, Brooklyn Museum, 1990, Alternative Museum, New York City, 1994, Storefront for art and architecture, New York City, 1995, Ukraine State Museum, Kiev, 1995, Museum Modern Art, Cologne, Germany, 1997, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria, 1998. Exhibited in group shows at Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, 1982, 84, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, 1983, Sydney, Australia, 1986, Kassel, Documenta 8, Germany, 1987, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1987, FIAC, Paris, 1989, Brooklyn Museum, 1990, Venice Bienalle, 1997, 99, Yeshiva University Museum, New York City, 2002-2003, Cooper Union, New York City, 2005, Feldman Gallery, New York City, 2005, Moscow Bienalle, 2007. Represented in permanent collections Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, Stedeliyk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Guggenheim Museum, Museum Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum Art.

      Commissions include mural Unity, 1st Interstate Bank Building, Los Angeles, 1993, murals Liberty as Justice, New York, Bronx Housing Court, 1994-1998.