1949 – 2008. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Lived and worked in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


1950

The family moved to Alma-Ata (Almaty).


1971

Khalfin met Vladimir Sterligov* and Tatiana Glebova

* Vladimir Sterligov was a pupil and follower of Kazimir Malevich. In 1960 Sterligov developed his plastic system, which he called “cup-cupola”; according to Malevich’s terminology, he discovered “a new surplus element in painting”. In the 60’s in St. Petersburg followers gathered around him (the so-called “Sterligov’s group”). In fact, this was an art school with theoretical and practical study, where philosophical and formal fundamentals of the Russian avant-garde were developed.


1972

Graduated from the Moscow Architecture Institute, City Construction faculty, Moscow, Russia


1972-1983

Worked in Almaty project design institutes, at the same time engaged in painting and drawing


1978

Became close with the Sterligov’s group in St. Petersburg, studied paining at the studio of Vladimir Sterligov’s follower, Gennady Zubkov


1980’s

With his wife, artist Lidia Blinova, he organized unofficial exhibitions at his apartment in Almaty


1996-98

Curator of Asia Art Gallery (“Asia Art” Public Charity Foundation for support of Central Asian artists), Almaty


1999

With a group of artists, he created “Clay Project. Zero Level”.
Into a two-level building of vegetables warehouse a hollow clay figure of a human being lying down was installed. Khalfin established a contemporary art gallery called “Look” in the space of the Clay Hero that existed until the year 2001.


2001

Awarded a residency at World Views, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s studio program in the World Trade Center.

 

Solo exhibitions



2007

“Rustam Khalfin Retrospective. Love Races”, White Space Gallery in St Peter’s, London, UK

“Intim – In Time”, Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan


2005

“Rustam Khalfin”, retrospective, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan


2003

“Nordic Nomads”, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania


1996

“In Honor of L. B.”, Rukh Gallery, Parade of Galleries-96, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1994

“Hand and Eye”, Studio 20 Gallery, Moscow, Russia


1985

“Rustam Khalfin. Paintings”, former studio of Tatiana Glebova, Leningrad, Russia

 

Group exhibitions



2008

“I Dream of the Stans: New Central Asian Video”, Winkleman Gallery, New York, USA

“The House of Tolerance”, Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Live Cinema – The Return of the Image: Video from Central Asia”, curated by Victor Miziano, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA


2007

“Live Cinema – The Return of the Image: Video from Central Asia”, curated by Victor Miziano, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

“The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia”, curated by Leeza Ahmadi, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA


2006

Rozamira Festival: “Art from Central Asia: A Contemporary Archive”, curated by Viktor Miziano, Moscow, Russia

“Art from Central Asia”, curated by Viktor Miziano, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

Showcase of contemporary art from Central Asia within the framework of Central Asian Project:  Presentation of Rustam Khalfin’s archive, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
  
“Barrel.kz”, Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“The Gesture: A Visual Library in Progress”, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Marina Fokidis and Daphne Vitali, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Quarter, Centro Produzione Arte, Florence, Italy


2005

51 Venice Biennale, Central Asian Pavilion, “Art from Central Asia: A Contemporary Archive”, curated by Viktor Miziano, Venice, Italy

“The Outskirts”, the exhibition in memory of Joseph Brodsky, Voyager Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan


2004

“And Others...”, international exhibition, Aitiyev National Museum of Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


2002

“Tengri-Umai” International Art Festival (Open City), installation “Fragments”, video films, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Re-orientation”, ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany

“Inventory”, Video Art Festival, Soros Center for Contemporary Art-Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“No Mad’s Land”, Art and Culture from Central Asia, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany


2001

First Valencia Biennale, Valencia, Spain 

“Inner Asia”, international exhibition, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“New Acquisitions from Central Asia”, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA

“Media City 7”, International Film and Video Art Festival, Windsor, Canada


2000

“Art Moscow 2000”, International Contemporary Art Fair, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

Member of the curators’ group, Second Annual Exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art “Communications: Experience of Interaction”, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1999

“Eurasian Zone”, Manege Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia

“East – West. A Boundary Meeting”, International Symposium, Shyryayevo Village, Samara region, Russia

“Almaty Underground in Private Collections”, Look Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Opening of the Look Gallery, Rustam Khalfin’s Birthday, Look Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“An Extreme Défilé”, the future Look Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Zero Level. Clay Project”, the future Look Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1998

“Lazy Project-2”, Alabin Samara Region History Museum, Samara, Russia

“Flying White”, Karaganda Region Museum of Arts, Karaganda, Kazakhstan

“A Parade of Galleries-98, Asia Art Gallery’s presentation: installation “Towards Awareness of the Frontiers”, performance “The Large Glass”, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Self-Identification: Futurological Prognosis”, 1st Annual Exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Third Prize (together with G. Tryakin-Bukharov and L. Turganbayeva)


1997

“Human Rights: A Second Breath”, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Human Rights: Terra Incognita”, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Art Discourse-97”, “Lazy Project”, Tyan-Shan Observatory, at the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains, Kazakhstan

“A Parade of Galleries-97”, Asia Art Gallery’s presentation: “Artist’s Skin”, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Through Form”, Art Museum, Samara, Russia

“Paintings by Rustam Khalfin and Sculptures by Tryakin-Bukharov”, Asia Art Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1996

“Postman’s Song”, performance “Autumn Gestures of Wrath. In Memory of Lidia Blinova”, video “A Haircut of my Hind-Head”, KazakBusinessClub, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“A Parade of Galleries-96”, Rukh Gallery’s presentation: “In Honour of L.B.”, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Exhibition & presentation of 10 catalogues of Kazakhstani artists (Soros Foundation Edition), Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Art in Private Collections”, Central State Museum, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1995

“Erotica and Astrology”, Ulasu Art Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“A Parade of Galleries-95”, Iskander Gallery’s presentation: “Body Moulds”, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1994

Petersburg Biennale, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg; Modern Art Museum, Royal Village Collection, Pushkin, Russia


1993

“Selections from the Tengri-Umai Gallery’s Collection”, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1992

“Towards Malevich’s Side”, Karenin Gallery, Vienna, Austria

“Art-Contact”, international exhibition, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

“Artists’ Quarter”, Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1991

“Modern Artists to Malevich”, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

“Sterligov’s Group”, Yusupov Palace, Leningrad, Russia

“7 + 1”, Exhibition Hall of Arkhangelsk Department of the Artists’ Union of Russia, Arkhangelsk, Russia

Exhibition of Soviet Painting, Adelaida, Australia


1990

“Sterligov’s Group”, City’s History Museum, Leningrad, Russia


1989

“Crossroads”, Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Center of Arts”, Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1988

“Sterligov, his Pupils and Followers”, Directorship for the Museum Association of Leningrad Oblast, Leningrad, Russia


1987

Exhibition of Leningrad artists, Exhibition Hall in Okhta, Leningrad, Russia


1986

Exhibition of Unofficial Art, Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1983

“1 + 1 + 1 + 1”, the Architects’ Union of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan


1981

“An Exhibition of Four”, dedicated to Mikhail Larionov’s hundredth anniversary, at Lidia Blinova and Rustam Khalfin’s apartment, Almaty, Kazakhstan

 

Public collections



A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan

East Kazakhstan Oblast Nevzorovs Museum of Fine Arts, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan

Pavlodar Oblast Museum of Fine Arts, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Museum of East, Moscow, Russia

Arkhangelsk Region Museum of Fine Arts, Arkhangelsk, Russia

National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Norton and Nancy Dodge collection of nonconformist art at The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA