Dmitri Matkovsky is a well-known figure in Russia as a former member of "Auktyon" or АукцЫон, a Russian avant-garde rock band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
After retiring early from a 25- year career in rock music business he began as an acrylicist and was strongly influenced by such artists as Gustav Klimt, Maurice Denis, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas.
Since moving to Toronto, Dmitri has migrated from brush to pouring acrylics, working often with palette knives to achieve the unique depth and dimension that is his trademark. He has developed a special love for the space and silence, shuniya, which are the subject of many of his works. According to Dmitri, "Silence is the mother of music where colors are notes."
The artist has become a fixture in the north of Toronto, where he creates small air sketches and studies that later form the basis for the majestic space scenes in acrylic on large 50"x 50" canvases, for which he is best known.
Matkovsky now is a many-sided personality: a musician, a freelance writer, artist and a yoga instructor.show
Year and place of birth: 1961, Leningrad, Russia
1988–1992 – Bachelor of Visual Art, Muchina College of Industrial Art in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- 2011 – "Art into Life", Toronto Library Art Center, Toronto, Canada;
- 2010 – "NequilaJazzz", Mod Club, Toronto, Canada;
- 2000 – Khvost Gallery, Paris, France - solo show;
- 1999 – M&M exhibition (D.Matkovsky & K.Miller), Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1999 – OGI Gallery, Moscow, Russia;
- 1997 – Khvostenko & Matkovsky, Khvost Gallery, Paris, France;
- 1997 – K.Miller Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1995 – "Post Soviet Art - Ptiza" C. Karsten Gallery, Hamburg, Germany - solo show.
Selected group exhibitions
- 2000 – "All St. Petersburg", Central Exhibition Hall "Manege", St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1998 – Acquisitions and Gifts, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1998 – Modern Art Gallery , St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1997 – "All St. Petersburg", Central Exhibition Hall "Manege" , St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1995 – International Biennialle of modern art, St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1994 – Petersburg '94, Central Exhibition Hall Manege, St. Petersburg, Russia;
- 1994 – Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia.