Sergey Bratkov was born in 1960 in Kharkov (Ukraine). In 1978 he graduated from the Repin Art College and Polytechnical Academy in 1983. From 70’s he became interested in photography, in the 80s he began experimenting with the shooting making collages and objects. From 1988 to 1993 he was in a group of artists called "Litera A": creating semifigurative painting, he participated in group exhibitions in Ukraine and Germany. From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the Fast Reaction Group («Rapid Response Group") together with the photographer Boris Mikhailov, Viktoria Mikhailova and Sergey Solonsky. They created a provocative campaigns, objects and photo series. In 1993 in his Kharkov studio Bratkov founded the gallery "Apdaun", it lasted until 1997.

Since 2000 he lives and works in Moscow, collaborating with Regina Gallery. He creates photo series (reportage, staging), video, installations and performances. In his works he reflects the social reality of Russia and Ukraine, focusing on the life of homeless, poor and middle-class people. He addresses the society's problems and fixes the "peoples kitsch - an absurd collage of everyday life, typical of the post-Soviet space" (S. Bratkov). His author's signature is best known by his brutal frankness and irony: "In order to reach out to the audience the provocation is necessary", - says the artist.

He is a member of the 25th Biennale in Sao Paulo (2002), Manifesta-5 (2004), the Venice Biennale (2003, 2007, 2011), the Moscow Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015). In 2009 - the winner of the state "Innovation" award in the main category "A work of visual art". His works are in the collections of the Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), the Catherine Foundation (Moscow, Russia), the Museum of Modern Art MUHKA (Antwerp, Belgium), the Art Museum Milwaukee (Milwaukee, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (Zagreb Croatia), FRAC (Paris, France), the Centre of contemporary art of Galicia - CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Winterthur, Switzerland), Pinchuk art Centre (Kiev, Ukraine), as well as in private collections worldwide.

  • What is the post-Soviet man? Sergey Bratkov talk about the role of the artist before and after collapse of the Soviet Un Link

    What is the post-Soviet man? Sergey Bratkov talk about the role of the artist before and after collapse of the Soviet Un

    Denis Boyarinov, COLTA June 30, 2014
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    "There are darkness in every russian heart". Sergey Bratkov

    Elena Verkhovskaya, Interview Russia May 29, 2014
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    "There are ticks, horseflies and beavers is a new owners of russian village"

    Maria Semendyaeva, Afisha Vozduh May 23, 2014
  • The effect of absolute realism or a new scandal Link

    The effect of absolute realism or a new scandal

    ART UKRAINE May 23, 2014
  • Installation of Sergey Bratkov in honor of Gagarin will open in Cosmonauts Day Link

    Installation of Sergey Bratkov in honor of Gagarin will open in Cosmonauts Day

    RIA NEWS April 12, 2014
  • Exhibition Sergey Bratkov about Soviet Moscow in Berlin Link

    Exhibition Sergey Bratkov about Soviet Moscow in Berlin

    Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, BlouinArtinfo June 20, 2013
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    "Bad words is a weapon"

    Pavel Luzhetsky, Kommersant Ukraine March 29, 2013
  • Photographers. Sergey Bratkov Download

    Photographers. Sergey Bratkov

    Natalia Kostrova, Afisha | 2-15 July 2012 July 2, 2012
  • The naked creative Link

    The naked creative

    Anna Tolstova, Kommersant Newspaper Ukraine September 30, 2011
  • Sergey Bratkov | Neither war nor Peace Link Download

    Sergey Bratkov | Neither war nor Peace

    Constantine Agunovich, Afisha Magazine March 21, 2011
  • Video: Sergey Bratkov talks with Daniel Richter Link

    Video: Sergey Bratkov talks with Daniel Richter

    OpenSpace.ru October 5, 2010
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    Sergey Bratkov

    Dmitry Gutov, Black Square Magazine December 1, 2009
  • School diary by Chikatilo Link

    School diary by Chikatilo

    Kommersant Newspaper February 5, 2000