Was born in Dnepropetrovsk (now Dnipro, Ukraine).

Started with animation and painting. Graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk State University in 1988. Moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1989. In 2018 moved to the Netherlands. Graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in 2020 and is currently a guest resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
She has been engaged in contemporary art since the late 1980s, initially with photography and lens-based art. In the early 1990s, begins to add to her works text, textiles, collages and paint, not limited by pure print.

Since 1990 taking part in numerous exhibitions in Ukraine, Russia and worldwide. In 1994, Vita received a Grant from the Bureau «Circ» in Amsterdam and worked on a project regarding Dutch art’s influence. In 2000 got a grant from la Mairie de Paris and spent three months in the Cité des Arts residence working on the project “Paris. Red” and producing a limited-edition artist book.

Shortlisted for Kandinsky Prize in 2009 and 2017. In 2017 she participated in the parallel program of the Venice Biennale of contemporary art in Palazzo Bembo. She is considered to be one of the forward-thinking feminists in post-soviet art.

Works are in private and museum collections, such Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico; The Forbes Collection, Navigator Foundation, Boston; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; RuArts Foundation, Moscow; Mőlndal commun collection, Sweden; Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin and others.

EDUCATION

2018 – 2020ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem, Netherlands;
Dutch Art Institute – MA (DAI Art Praxis)
1981 – 1986Dnepropetrovsk State University, USSR/Ukraine

SOLO SHOWS:

2021Relatively (Not) Old. MP project, Amsterdam
2019Cold Summer. Jump Art Centre, Poltava, Ukraine
2017Fragments. RuArts gallery, Moscow
Family portrait in an Interior. We-Fest, Urban culture centrum, Perm, Russia
2016My Love Is Not a Wisp of Smoke. Moscow Museum of Modern Art
2014For Cosiness. RuArts gallery, Moscow
Team. Erarta museum, St. Petersburg
2013Peonymania. RuArts gallery, Moscow
Mad Dogs. AL gallery, St. Petersburg
Acts of a civil status. Karas gallery, Kiev
2006Rapid eyes movement. Glaz gallery, Moscow
Familia. Freud Museum, St. Petersburg
Territory of love. Moscow Photo Biennale
Paris.Red. Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
2005The last call. Village life gallery, St. Petersburg
2003Friday, the 13th. Fashion and style in Photography Biennale, Moscow
2002Antifashion. White Space gallery, London
20018+3=10. James gallery, Moscow
Empire in things. Moscow Art Center
1998Rutgers University. USA

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:

2021Chapter 4OUR: Abundance (part of the video programme). Het Hem, Zaandam
Do You Think It Is A Commodity? Monthly Payment project, Amsterdam
Sorry, We Are Closed. Monthly Payment project, Amsterdam
2020History of the Development of Multimedia Art in Leningrad –
St. Petersburg 1985-2000. Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Centre, St. Petersburg
2010A4 / Ball pen. Karas gallery, Kiev
October. White Space Gallery. London
GogolFEST.VAP. Kiev
ŽEN d’АRТ. The Gender History of Art in the Post-Soviet Space: 1989–2009
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
In Memoriam. RuArts gallery, Moscow

Machismo. Open gallery, Moscow
2009Kandinsky Prize 2009 nominees’ exhibition. Central Huse of Artist. Moscow
A4 / Ball pen. Karas gallery. Kiev

COLLECTIONS:

  • Moscow House of Photography
  • The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
  • RuArts Foundation, Moscow
  • Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
  • The Museum of Photographic Collections, Moscow
  • Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
  • New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa-Fe, USA
  • The Forbes Collection. Navigator foundation, Boston, USA
  • Mőlndal commun collection, Sweden
  • Russkoee Polee collection 2×3 m, Berlin
  • New Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin, USA
  • Private collections