Michael Bykovski is a painter, architect and designer, and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Before attending RISD he studied with Victor Skersis, a prominent figure of the analytical branch of Moscow Conceptualism. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows throughout the East Coast. Bykovski was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
The primary aspiration of my work is to provide an engaging alternative to the ubiquitous digital screen. Although I echo the seductive qualities of the screen to captivate the viewer’s attention, my goal is to shift the focus away from addictive consumption in order to access the spiritual and natural realm. Fantasy, nature, mythology, and dream-like imagery form the basis of my work, encouraging the viewer to craft their own imaginative interpretation of each piece.
My interest in abstraction is driven by curiosity and exploration, particularly in setting up processes that grow and change on their own terms. Each project reinvents and redeploys the medium at hand, untethering it from conventional aesthetics and practices. Rich and complex mediums such as oil and alkyd resin to create boldly contrasting textures that emphasize the tangible presence of the work. The element of surprise is crucial to my work, and I frequently challenge and alter my process in order to avoid relying on a planned set of techniques.
“Michael Bykovski is a modern day explorer. Although abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and De Kooning inspire him, Michael is driven by sensory excitement rather than emotional expression. His desire to achieve an ultimate outward beauty and inspiring aesthetics contributes to the primal and seductive quality of his work.” -Kurt Yalcin
Design Line; Rhode Island Art:
“Bykovski’s pieces lend themselves beautifully to groupings of 3 or 4, depending on the wall area to be covered.” -Kelly Taylor
NYC Art Expo, Pier 90, NY
Solo Show, ByName Gallery, Soho
The Wurks Group Show, Providence, RI
Art by Architects at New York Genome Center, NY
LIC Arts Open Summer Show, LIC, NY
Lore Collection Solo Show, Providence, RI
Red Dot Art Show, Miami, FL
Studio 26 Holiday Show, NYC, NY
Lore Collection Pop-Up Show, Providence, RI
Synthesis (Group Show), Anchor Gallery, Providence, RI
Group Show, Chapel View Fine Art June Show, Cranston, RI
Salon Show, OneWay Gallery, Narragansett, RI
Group Show, OneWay Gallery, Narragansett, RI
World of Art Showcase, Raleigh, NC
RISD Alumni Sale, May 4, Providence, RI
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Fine Arts