Based in: Narva-Jõesuu
The modern painter known as Ilya Yod is perhaps one of the most eccentric painters working today. His best-known paintings feature figures made up of myriads of small cubes, which disrupt the conventional way of seeing and thinking about people. Ilya Yod often uses computer technology to achieve the highly complex shapes of his cubic figures, which he usually paints with acrylic on canvas. Marked by his unique approach to the human form, contemporary outlook, and striking shapes and colours, much of his paintings have been published in art magazines, including Creative Boom and Aesthetica, and have garnered increasing acclaim from art lovers worldwide. However, Ilya Yod stays out of the media spotlight, as he does not want viewers to be influenced by his face or persona.
A skilled artist, Ilya Yod has been devoted to his craft for over a decade, beginning his formal training at the age of eight. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Emerging Practices from the École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image in Poitiers, France, in 2010, Ilya Yod has exhibited his paintings in more than fifteen international exhibitions, including the Skurril exhibition in 2018 at Marler Kunststern in Marl, Germany, the Sacred Art exhibition in 2019 at Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Senlis, France, and the Hide and Seek exhibition in 2022 at Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow, Russia. In 2018, Yod's work was one of 100 selected for the prestigious Contemporary Visions international juried exhibition, hosted by the BEERS London gallery. The exhibition received over 2,000 submissions, meaning Yod's work was selected for the longlist alongside only 5% of the other artists.