Elizaveta Rukavishnikova (b. Moscow, 1988) was educated at a Teachers’ College, studied Arabic language at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Moscow, and enrolled at Moscow State Academic Arts College. Due to financial circumstances she had to leave education and get a job, which led her to work as a photographer and designer and mastering many blue-collar jobs, such as packer, secretary, shop girl, etc. Following this she worked as a graphic design and photographer.
Later Elizaveta managed to get a rather creative position of a window dresser, and for several years designed window displays in various Moscow stores, and then worked for GUM – the largest and oldest department store in Moscow – as a window display artist. After meeting her future husband, during a trip to India and Nepal, she was drawn to his hometown of South Africa and is currently living and practicing in Johannesburg.
“I have to say that the most important side of my works is my conception of humanism. People inspire me more than anything else. I love people. I love life. Appreciation of life and the possibility to see things with my own eyes is the most important thing to me. There is a huge part of my work which is given over to human rights, situations in Russia and South Africa. My work always develops with me, and it is my entire life and also my personal language. Through my works I attempts to talk to people. The artwork is my reaction to the reality I see. There is almost no distance between me and my works. I love to think about and analyse things, and I want to express it in my art. I think the most fantastic thing which an artist can do is to make people think and experience themselves. My art is a result of impossibility to be in silence. It’s like a river which flows out of me and cannot stop.” – E. Rukavishnikova.
Kalashnikovv Gallery (JHB), Solo Show: ‘Heart Attack’ (2017)
Elizaveta has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions: ‘Memento Mori’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2018); ‘A Contemporary Showcase’, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery (2018); ‘Dead and Dreaming (Still Life)’, Priest Gallery, Johannesburg (2018); ‘A Romulus Rebus’, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria (2017-2018); ‘Super Salon II’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2017); ‘Occupy II’, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria (2017); ‘Super Salon’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2016); ‘Enjoyment of the anti-sublime’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2016); ‘Death and Taxes’, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria (2016); ‘I had a dream last night (but I can’t remember what it was about.)’, Dead Bunny Society at NO END Contemporary Art Space, Johannesburg (2016); and ‘REVAMP’, Dead Bunny Society at Priest Espressobar Space, Johannesburg (2015); ‘Cross-Sections’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2015); ‘The Black Cube Sessions’, The Old Post Office, Braamfontein (2015); ‘Death of the Old’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2015)
Art fairs include Turbine Art Fair (2016, 2017).