(1960, Moscow) who lives in the West (Amsterdam and New York) since the
early 90ies of the previous century, was part of Moscow’s conceptual art
circle. He reflects on his homeland from the point of view of the
‘wanderer’, the ‘artist-tourist’ as Victor Missiano describes the key
attitude in his work. There is no fixed source for his motifs but a
compilation of material. He is mapping the world as an observer,
constantly creating a new order for his memories or ‘excavating’ them as
works with a number of media including sculpture, drawing, photography,
installation and painting. His layered method often starts with building
three-dimensional objects that he calls “props”, made of found
materials. Often Roiter paints ´still lifes´ of his odd props. In this
translation of poor material into poetic and meaningful form, he feels
himself close to movements as arte povera.
Roiter studied at the Institute of Architecture in Moscow (1978-1980).
time he began to show his works in unofficial exhibition spaces in
the mid-80’s Roiter took part in several international exhibitions of
Russian art in Europe and the U.S. Then in the early 1990’s, Roiter
relocated to the West, exhibiting in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S.,
Sweden and Japan. Among the more notable exhibitions were at Basel
Kunsthalle, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Ludwig Forum in Achen
and Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.
Currently, Roiter lives between New York and Amsterdam. He
recently exhibited at Regina Gallery, Moscow (2011), the Stedelijk
Museum Schiedam (2010), Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch (2010), Impronte
Contemporary Art, Milan (2010), Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2008),
Silverstein Gallery, New York (2001) and several times at AKINCI,
Amsterdam. He participated in group exhibitions at the Moscow Museum of
Modern Art (2009), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2008), The Moscow Biennale
(2007), Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2006), Pratt Institute, New York
(2002). Upcoming shows are: Kunstmuseum Solothurn, CH (2011).