Designer, stylist and creative entrepreneur, Sergey Bondarev is a well-known figure on the St. Petersburg fashion scene. His fine arts work explores consumerism and the cult of celebrity with energy, colour and a wicked sense of humour.
Born in Ekaterinburg, Bondarev studied Graphic Design at the city’s Shadr Art College, then Monumental Art and Textiles at Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts. He worked as a freelance stylist and illustrator before presenting his first collection at Ural Fashion Week in 2004. Since then he has collaborated with womenswear brands Marmalade and Violet, launched his own labels – Bearded Baby, Sonia Marmeladova and Bondarev – and set up KultuRRa, a groundbreaking initiative to support Russian design.
Bondarev’s artwork draws on this experience in the fashion industry, combining wit and acid observation across a range of media including painting, collage and textiles. His first solo show took place in autumn 2014 at the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg.