“Strange Time”: Art has no limits

The beginning of the “Strange Time” online exhibition

It all started with the “Hunter”.
On March 22, 2020, putting things in order the digital archive of Stepan Ryabchenko, he came across the work “Pink Fox”, which he created in 2018. At some point, he decided to open a working file and began to modify it. 
The color of the digital Paradise suddenly changed, the plastic image of the main character has gained different shape, most of the present characters has left the space.

There was an alarm. A hunter appeared, along with an idea to launch the Strange Time project

Stepan Ryabchenko

The online-exhibition “Stange Time” became the first international digital online project in Ukraine.

You can read about the project “Strange Time” here.

The project is conceived as a developing organism, it will live and expand, like the virus itself, only in our case as an art antidote. Development will take place until Covid-19 goes into oblivion.

Another idea appeared at the initial stage is the publication of the catalog and further materialization of the exhibition within the walls of the National Center “Ukrainian House”, main partner of the project.

Stepan Ryabchenko. The project of the transformed house “Family Nest”, 2010

I am very grateful to this strange time and I believe that we were are able to prove that art has no boundaries, no limits and cannot be quarantined. Enjoy your time.

Stepan Ryabchenko
Stepan Ryabchenko. Interactive installation “Sphere”, 2019
Stepan Ryabchenko’s Installation “Hearing Ear” at the exhibition “Permanent Revolution”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, 2018 | Photo: Torgyik Eszter ©
Natalie Hoyos, Stepan Ryabchenko and Raynald Schumacher at the exhibition “Polprawda – Half-truth”, Krulikarnia Palace, Warsaw, 2015 | Photo: Bartosz Górka ©



Stepan Ryabchenko is a leading Ukrainian media artist, architect and Art Laboratory chief curator. His work spans conceptual architecture, sculpture, and light installations. The focus of his attention is the boundary between the real and virtual world and the research of the new nature of art. In his artwork, the artist creates his own digital universe with its heroes and mythology. Well-known for his monumental prints and video-art installations of non-existent characters, including Computer viruses, Electronic winds, Virtual flowers, etc.

Stepan Ryabchenko’s works have been widely exhibited internationally, the exhibition in Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Saatchi Gallery in London, Krolikarnia in Warsaw, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Bratislava, Manege and Gostiny Dvor in Moscow, in particular.
Artist’s works are included in many public and museum collections, as well as Art Collection Telekom, Danubiana-Meulensteen Art Museum, M17 Contemporary Art Center, Odessa Fine Art Museum, the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, etc.

Stepan Ryabchenko is also the recipient of a number of awards, prizes including laureate of the Tampa International Airport Public Art Project (2020), Grand Prix of the International Competition for the Sculptural Symbol of the Odesa International Airport (2019), Laureate of the International Contemporary Sculpture Prize at the Kyiv Sculpture Project (2012), Nominee for the PinchukArtCentre Prize (2011), Grand Prix of the Art-Act, the 1st All-Ukrainian Triennial of Abstract Art (2010)

Stepan Ryabchenko. “Violet – a crystal crumb.” From the series “Virtual Garden” (2016-2020) computer animation