The AES+F art group (Tatyana Arzamasova, Lev Yevzovich, Yevgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) are one of the most successful Russian designers today in the international art scene.
The conceptual architects Tatyana Arzamasova and Lev Yevzovich, together with book designer and graphic artist Yevgeny Svyatsky formed AES in 1987. They began participating in exhibitions outside of Russia in 1989, and 1995 they were joined by a new member, photographer Vladimir Fridkes. As a result, they changed their name to AES+F. At present the artists create works that comibine the territories of photography, video and digital art, but without ever losing sight of traditional techniques, such as sculpture, painting, drawing and architecture. Developing a complex poetic dialogue among these media, and delving into the history of art and culture, the group creates ambitious visual narratives that, on a grand scale, explore values and vices and the conflicts of contemporary culture.
In 2007 the group represented Russia at the Venice Biennale. The same year a retrospective of its works was mounted at the Russian Museum and at the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. AES+F's solo exhibits have been held at prestigious museums and museum spaces (Passage de Retz in Paris, MACRO museum in Rome, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Belin, the Moscow Museum of Media Art and many others). It is a frequent participant in programs at international biennales of contemporary art, such as those in Venice, Sydney, Lyon, Moscow and elsewhere. The group's works are held in many museums and in public and private collections in Europe, North and South American, Asia and Australia.
AES+F has received prestigious awards in the sphere of contemporary art, including the Kandinsky Prize (2012), the Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Center prize (2013), the Grand Prix at the NordArt Fesitval in Germany (2014), and the Pino Pascali prize in Italy (2015). AES+F has received a bronze medal (2005) and a gold medal (2013) from the Russian Academy of Arts.