Survival Through Art

Moscow-based artist Nicholas Koshkosh on inspiration, affective states and the importance of communication.

The area surrounding Moscow’s Chistye Prudy (Clear Ponds) has long been attracting artists, like Ilya Kabakov or Victor Pivovarov. Nowadays, its picturesque side streets host contemporary art schools, art shops, studios and squats.

Originally from Ukraine, Nicholas Koshkosh, began writing graffiti on the streets and has been developing his style ever-since. Upon moving to Moscow his appearance prevented him from finding a job, so he began making tattoos for a living. Now, he occupies a studio in the historical district, where he works and contemplates. 

Experience the working and living environments that inspire young artists in our Studio Visit series. The previous episode follows painter Vika Kosheleva as she dances through the rooms of her Moscow flat and shares her vision of the creative process.