Sergey Bratkov (born in 1960, Kharkiv, Ukraine) graduated from the Repin Art College, Kharkiv, and subsequently from the department of industrial electronics at the Polytechnical Academy. In 1984 he became one of the founders of the Fast Reaction Group jointly with Boris Mikhailov, Sergei Salonsky and Victoria Mikhailova. From 1993 to 1997 Bratkov opened the UP/DOWN gallery in his Kharkiv studio. He focuses on photography, video, sculpture and performance art.
Selected solo exhibitions: Spell, REGINA Gallery, Moscow (2014); Chapiteau Moscow, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin (2013); Good Buys Evil, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2013); Balaklava Drive, Leo Koenig Inc. , New York (2012); While Men Are at War, MOCAK, Krakow (2012); Scream, REGINA Gallery, London (2011); Collecti@n. Photohub. Manometr, ArtPlay Design Centre, Moscow (2011); Neither War Nor Peace, REGINA Gallery, Moscow (2011); Glory Days, Deichtor Hallen, Aktuelle Kunst Haus der Pho- tographie, Hamburg (2010); Male Games, Espacio Minimo Gallery, Madrid (2010); How Much?, Deweer Gallery, Otegem (2010); Balaklavsky Drive, REGINA Gallery, Moscow (2009); Glory Days, Canal de Isabel II, Madrid (2009); Searching for the Horizon, Regina Gallery, Moscow (2008); BALTIC, Centre for Contem- porary Art, Gateshead (2007); Dream Rooms, Deweer Gallery, Otegem (2006); Part of My Life, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2006); Misanthrope, Espacio Minimo Gallery, Madrid (2006).
Sergey Bratkov has participated in more than 120 group exhibitions, including the 2nd and 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, the 50th, 52nd and 54th Venice Biennale, the 25th São Paulo Art Biennial, Manifesta 5 (San Sebastian), the 3rd Triennale of Photography (Graz), Cosmic Odyssey 2011 (Kiev). Sergey Bratkov’s works can be found in the collections of the MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb), Museum of Photography (Boston), S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art (Ghent), MARTa Herford Museum of Contemporary Art (Herford), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (Galicia), PinchukArtCentre (Kiev), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), Ekaterina Foundation (Moscow), FRAC (Paris), Fotomuseum Winterthur. In 2010 Sergey Bratkov was awarded the top prize of the 5th Annual All-Russian Awards for Innovation in Contemporary Art for his video installation Balaklavsky Drive.
He lives and works in Moscow.