Born in Ukraine

The fusion of architecture, technology and biological science used to advance or accelerate human development was rolled into a single term by USAF Colonel and doctor Jack E. Steele. His work in psychiatry and neurology was a prophetic, if not disquieting, glimpse into the longing, the desire for human beings to allow technology to act as a “godlike” extension of ourselves. In the structures we build and in that imitable structure, the human body, we see beauty.

Lina Condes incorporates principles of bionic architecture and design into her work. They appear simplistic and crude (the globally-known symbol of the “stick figure” implies a lack of understanding or a refusal to emulate our three-dimensional surroundings), but once finished, they communicate gestures which no machine could fully replicate. A full series these “stick figures” are engaged in motions recalling sexual intercourse; there is no indication of identity, no indication of response or stimulus from these seemingly “dead” pieces of steel. They are rendered via computer technology, but their end result is far from mechanized. In one series, these stick figures embed themselves into the foil wrappings of a standard condom; “protection” in one sense, “freedom” in another.

Yet, as any well-tested work of Pop Art would achieve, it reflects the emptiness and anonymity of common actions that have no attachment to color, creed, gender, religion, language or sexual orientation. All at once, her painted and sculpted stick figures are absurd, funny, sad and profound. They are hysterically self-aware, shameless in their straightforward crudity. Reduced to the “bare bones” of what qualifies as human, Condes presents her figures as nameless, featureless entities performing a physical act that only living things can observe, perform and appreciate.

Lina Condes was born in Cherkassy, Ukraine in 1988. She received her BA and her Masters in Design (Honors) from the Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design. A former contestant for the Miss Ukraine beauty pageant, Condes redirected her efforts towards art production and design with group projects during Ukrainian Art Week (Kiev), the MAGMART Film Festival (Naples), and the Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Solo presentations of her work have been held at the M17 Contemporary Art Centre (Kiev), SV Gallery (Beirut), and with Avant Gallery (Miami) for the 2016 edition of the SCOPE Art Fair.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Kiev University of Technology, Bachelors of Art
Kiev University of Technology, Masters in Design (Graduated with Honors)
“Eternity” auction by Paddle8 x SOS by Lena Perminova x Magdalena M. Gabriel
“Endless Summer” charity auction & golf event. Los Angeles, USA
On the top of the world (Art Jed Gallery / St. Moritz)
Art Palm Beach (Avant Gallery)
Solo project "Extraterrestrial Odyssey" during Biennale Di Venezia'57
Red Dot Show during Art Basel Miami
Fontainbleau Miami Beach (Lina Condes' Art Display during Art Basel Miami)
Delano South Beach (Lina Condes' Art Display)
Epic Hotel Art Display (Avant Gallery) during Miami Art Week
SCOPE Miami Beach 2016 (Miami / Avant gallery)
Exhibition "ISTANBUL CONTEMPORARY". Istanbul (Turkey)
Exhibition ARTMONACO'16. (Monaco)
Solo exhibition "Art Fusion" SV gallery. Beirut (Lebanon)
Solo exhibition "Hard Art" M17 Contemporary Art Centre. Kiev(Ukraine)
International exhibition of sculptures and installations "Open19"  Stucco Museum. Venice (Italy)
International exhibition at MAGMMA museum. Sardegna (Italy)
Awarded  on "IEAA  Best of International Emerging Artist Award 2016”. Dubai (UAE)
Special project "Domination" during  Women Project “Chocolate seasons”. Kiev (Ukraine)
Solo exhibition "Celebatarian". Museum of Kiev history. Kiev(Ukraine)
International project “Ukrainian- Latvian art dialog”. Exhibition at Museum of Kiev history. Kiev(Ukraine)
Solo exhibition "Celebatarian" in Trade Chamber of Ukraine. Kiev(Ukraine)
Miss Universe project. Painting “Pray of mother” was chosen for Donald Trump’s charity auction. Las Vegas (USA)
Project “Emotions” was presented during the x exhibition of Contemporary Art. Kiev (Ukraine)
Russian art exhibition "Yuris night“. Moscow (Russia)
Art video "PULSATION"  winner at the 9TH  MAGMART FILM FESTIVAL. Naples (Italy)
Art video "A CRY FROM THE HEART! CALL FOR PEACE"  Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Berlin(Germany)
International art exhibition in Bulgaria.
Ukrainian Art Week in Kiev (Ukraine)
International painting exhibition in Germany (Berlin).

Silvia Lattova
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