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Curriculum Vitae


Born: 1955, Leningrad, USSR

Studies

1994-96

College diploma of jewellery and stonework design, College of Crafts and Design, Lappeenranta, Finland

1985-91

Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Architecture, Leningrad, Soviet Union

1980-81

Jewellery studio of Tatiana Alekseeva, Leningrad, Soviet Union

Working

since 1997

designer-maker, jewellery artist 

since 2001

work practice trainer of students from the jewellery department of South Carelian Polytechnic, Lappeenranta, Finland

Other Activities

2016

juror: International Competition for Young Jewelers "Image and Form", St.Petersburg 

2014

juror: International Competition for Young Jewelers "Image and Form", St.Petersburg 

2010

juror and lecturer: International Competition for Young Jewelers "Image and Form", St.Petersburg

2005

juror: International Competition for Young Jewelers "Image and Form", St.-Petersburg

curator: selection of russian contemporary jewellery for the exhibition Everyday Aesthetics, Art Museum of Kouvola, Finland

2004

curator: Russian Jewellery Art, group exhibition, Gallery Rantapaja, Lappeenranta, Finland

2003

exhibition architector: proKoru, contemporary finnish jewellery, Craft Museum, Lappeenranta

Solo Exhibitions

2016

Voyage of Discovery, Imatra Art Museum, Imatra, Finland

2015                   

My Park, Kuressaare Town Hall Gallery, Kuressaare, Estonia

2012                   

Ornament, The Russian Ethnographic Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Collected Tales (with Melitina Balabin), A-Galerii, Tallinn, Estonia

2010 

Random Processes, The Russian Ethnographic Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia 

Promenade, Gallery Uusikuva, Kotka

2009

My Park, Masters’ Guild Art Gallery, St.-Petersburg, Russia

2008

My Park (with Melitina Balabin), Gallery Iron Inc., Copenhagen, Denmark

The Artists O Association’s Artist of The Month, Design Museum, Helsinki

2007

Park (with Melitina Balabin), Gallery Norsu, Helsinki, Finland

Garden, Gallery O!, St.-Petersburg, Russia

2005

Thoughts about art, Art Museum of Lappeenranta, Finland

2004

Bono sensu, Craft Museum’s Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland

Line and colour, Gallery Artisaani, Helsinki

2003

Jewellery, Gallery DIX, Helsinki, Finland

2000

Jet-black, Amuletti, Kouvola, Finland

Jet-black, Gallery Ideri, Lappeenranta, Finland

Selected Joint and Group Exhibitions

2017

Creativity Contest – The Jewel poses, Gallery Creativity Oggetti, Turin, Italy (May 13 until June 30)

Wood, Täky Gallery, Lappeenranta, Finland

Art Sales Exhibition of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, Cable Factory, Helsinki

Oi Suomi, katso, Gallery Lokal, Helsinki

Smiling Birds, Imatra cultural center Virta, Imatra, Finland 

2016

Image and Form, The Russian Ethnographic Museum, St.-Petersburg, Russia

The Cominelli Foundation’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection, Padova Oratorio di San Rocco, Padua, Italy

Art Sales Exhibition of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, Cable Factory, Helsinki

Jewellery Art and Miniature Forms, BULTHAUP Design Gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia

KORU 2016, Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki                    

2015

Treasures of St.Petersburg, jewellery art exhibition, House of Architects, St.Petersburg, Russia  

Jewelry • Boundless, 2015 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition, Innovation Park of Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China

Retrofuturism, Jewellery Art Exhibition, Exhibition Hall of The Union for Russian Artists, Moscow

The Cominelli Foundation’s permanent Contemporary Jewellery Collection, Palazzo Cominelli, Cisano  di San Felice del Benaco, Italy

Art Sales Exhibition of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, Cable Factory, Helsinki

2014

Endless Closeness, contemporary jewellery exhibition, Art Gallery PUTTI, Riga, Latvia

Artisaani Pop-Up, Helsinki Design Week, Helsinki

20th anniversary Exhibition, A-Galerii, Safe, Tallinn, Estonia

The Cominelli Foundation’s permanent Contemporary Jewellery Collection, Palazzo Cominelli, Cisano  di San Felice del Benaco (Brescia), Italy

Amber in Modern Conceptual Art Jewellery, Art Gallery PUTTI, Riga, Latvia

Art Sales Exhibition of The Finnish Jewellery Art Association, Cable Factory, Helsinki

2013

Kiosk of Jewellery by The Finnish Jewellery Art Association (Circuit du Bijou Event), Paris, France

JEWELRY • IDENTITY, 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial,
World Art Museum China Millennium Monument. Beijing, China

Marked for design & kunsthåndværk 2013, Design Fair, Aalborg, Denmark

PYHÄNIEMI 2013, Art Exhibition, Pyhäniemi Mansion, Hollola, Finland

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2013, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Art Sales Exhibition of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, Cable Factory, Helsinki

Finnish Fashion and Design at New York Fashion Week, Paloni pop-up-shop, Ivana Helsinki Concept Store, New York, USA

2012                   

Jewellery Art, Täky-Gallery, Lappeenranta

Rara Avis Group, Kouvola Art Museum, Gallery, Kouvola

Frue Plads Marked 2012, Design Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ornament - Mini Textil Exhibition, Lasipalatsi Gallery, Helsinki

korUral II - Scandinavian Art Jewellery at Urals, The Stone Cutting and Jewellery Art History Museum, Ekaterinburg; Cheljabinsk Art Museum, Cheljabinsk, Russia

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2012, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

2011

Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery, Palazzo Cominelli, Cisano di San Felice del Benaco (Brescia), Italy

YLAMAA MYSTIQUE, spectrolite jewellery exhibition, Gallery Rantapaja, Lappeenranta, Finland

The 12th Contemporary Art Event SENSE / Sense of Tree, Hyvinkää, Finland

SAGĖ UNISEX, Galerija Meno Niša, Vilnius, Lithuania

Rare Bird (group), Gallery Laura, Lappeenranta, Finland

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far, Gallery Norsu, Helsinki

Art Sales Exhibition of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, Cable Factory, Helsinki

PARKS - TAKAS - VĒJŠ, Cēsis City Exhibition Hall (Cēsu Izstāžu nams), Cēsis, Latvia

2010

1 gr. Au, Galerija Meno Niša, Vilnius, Lithuania

Helsinki Contemporary Art Fair (represented by The Finnish Jewellery Art Association),
Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre

HOLOWNIA, The 19th International Silverart Competition MINIMUM, Corner Gallery, Legnica, Poland

FINNISH JEWELLERY, Fitchburg Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA

KORUT, Gallery Norsu, Helsinki 

WHITE, Exhibition Hall of the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum, Moscow, Russia

2009

FINNISH JEWELLERY 1600-2009, Design Museum, Helsinki

The 3th International Biennale of Amber Art “Alatyr 2009”, Amber Museum, Kaliningrad, Russia

GOOD WOOD, Gallery Vavilon, Samara, Russia

GOOD WOOD, Exhibition Hall of Moscow Art College, Moscow, Russia

GOOD WOOD, Geological Fair, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

GOOD WOOD, Show Room of Parguet-Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Insideout, Galleri Elverket, Tammisaari, Finland

HOLOWNIA, The 18th International Silverart Competition DECADENCE, Teatr im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej, Legnica, Poland

Three paths, Täky-galleria, Lappeenranta, Finland

2008-2009

CASE in point, Copper Smithy, Fiskars, Finland

Symbols of Faith, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

2008

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2008, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

”Intimacy”, New Traditional Jewellery Contest, nominees, The WesterGasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Helsinki Art Fair (represented by The Finnish Jewellery Art Association), Wanha Satama, Helsinki

Jewellery Transit Helsinki-Saint-Petersburg-Moscow (group), Exhibition Hall of Moscow Art College, Moscow, Russia

Kokoelma, Jewellery Collection of the Finnish Jewellery Art Association, The Art Museum of Lahti, Finland

On the borderlines – Jewellery Art, Gallery 5, Oulu, Finland

pro.KORU II, finnish jewellery design, Gallery Iron Inc., Copenhagen, Denmark

Jewellery Art Contest “Stay moment! You are so fair!”, International Baltic Jewellery show “Amber Trip”, Vilnius, Lithuania

“Absolute Beauty”, 16th International Silverart Competition, nominees, Museum of Amber in Gdańsk; Museum in Gliwice; Design Gallery in Wroclaw, Poland

Dat Siert je, Museum De Koperen Knop in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Netherlands

Winter Exhibition, Gallery Alternatives, Rome, Italy

2007

Symbols of Faith, New Traditional Jewellery 2007 Contest, nominees, SIERAAD International Jewellery and Silver Design Event, Amsterdam RAI, Holland

proKORU II, finnish jewellery design, Täky-Gallery, Lappeenranta, Finland

Jewellery under construction - tradition as a challence, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

“Absolute Beauty”, 16th International Silverart Competition, nominees, The Gallery of Art in Legnica; Gold, silver, Time Fair, Warsaw; Gallery Yes, Poznan, Poland

Spring 2007, Exhibition Center of Union for St.-Petersburg’s Artists, St.-Petersburg, Russia

2006

New Traditional Jewellery Contest 2006, nominees, SIERAAD International Jewellery and Silver Design Event, Amsterdam RAI, Holland

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2006, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Bijoux de noël, Gallery Johan S., Helsinki, Finland

Autumn 2006, Exhibition Center of Union for St.-Petersburg’s Artists, St.-Petersburg, Russia

The Second International Amber Artwork Prize of the Baltic Sea Countries, The German Amber Museum, Ribnitz-Damgarten, Germany

The 15th International Silverart Competition, The Old Town Hall, Legnica, Poland

Junwex 2006 International Jewellery Fair (by Gallery O!), Lenexpo, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Kontti, contemporary jewellery art, sea container, Market square, Lappeenranta, Finland

On the Border, metal art, Green Warehouse, Art museum of Lappeenranta, Finland

Garden, jewellery and paintings, Gallery Täky, Lappeenranta, Finland

2005

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2005, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Complicated World, jewellery and paintings, Gallery Johan S., Helsinki, Finland

KORU. Joieria Contemporània Finlandesa, Gallery FAD, Barcelona, Spain

Everyday Aesthetics, Art Museum of Kouvola, Finland

Sirdslietas, jewellery art, Gallery Maksla, Riga, Latvia

Inform – A manifesto of industrial art, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki; TR1, Tampere, Finland

Sever v sertse moem, Art Museum of Muurmansk, Russia

2004

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2004, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Jewellery Mix, Gallery Steklo, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Love, Craft Museum’s Gallery, Jyväskylä, Gallery Postelli, Kankaanpää, Art Museum of Rovaniemi, Finland

Dream Team - finnish design in international limelight, Design Forum, Helsinki, Finland

2003

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2003, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

pro.Koru, finnish contemporary jewellery, Craft Museum of Lappeenranta, Finland

Container, Finnish Craft Museum, Jyväskylä, Art Museum of Rovaniemi, Finland

2002

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2002, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

2000

Kunsthandwerk aus Finnland, Galerie Handwerkskammer, Hamburg, Germany

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2000, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Hands’ signs, Kuusankoskitalo, Finland

Elektronos 2000 (Amber Design Award), Amberif 2000 Fair, Gdansk, Poland

1999

International Amber Art Exhibition, German Amber Museum, Ribnitz-Damgarten

Stone and Jewellery Art, Osobnjak Bosse, St.Petersburg, Russia

The Place of Show IV, Craft museum of Lappeenranta, Finland

Contemporary Finnish Jewellery and Ceramics, Hagelstam Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 99, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

1998-99

Finnish Jewellery 2, Art museum of Porvoo, North Pohjanmaa Museum, Oulu, Finland

1998

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 98, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

1997

Kunst und kunsthandwerk aus Finnland, Friedrichstadt, Germany

Jewellery (group), Gallery Aurora, Porvoo, Finland

Ritual, jewellery (group), Gallery Klobben, Helsinki

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2/97, Manege Exhibition Hall, St.-Petersburg, Russia

1996

Finnish Jewellery 1, Art museum of Porvoo City, Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 96, Osobnjak Bosse, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Works in Collections

The Cominelli Foundation's permanent contemporary jewellery collection, Italy;  Jewellery Collection of the Finnish Jewellery Art Association;  Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä;  The World of Stone Exhibition Association, St.-Petersburg, Russia;  private collections in Finland, Denmark, France, Netherlands, USA, Israel and Russia

Publications

Finnish Design Yearbook 2012-13, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki 2012

Exhibition Catalogs:

AMBER IN MODERN CONCEPTUAL ART JEWELLERY, Culture Portal Arterritory, Riga, Latvia, 2014

2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition, Beijing, China, 2013

korUral II - Scandinavian Art Jewellery at Urals, Cheljabinsk Art Museum, Cheljabinsk, Russia, 2012

Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery, second edition, Cominelli Foundation / Contemporary Jewellery Association Agc, Padova, Italy, 2011

“pro.KORU III", Association of Southeast Finland designer-makers TÄKY, Lappeenranta 2011

Jewelry Olympus 2008-09, The World of Stone, Saint-Petersburg 2010

ALATYR 2009, Catalogue of the Third International Biennal of Amber Works of Art, Kaliningrad, Russia 2009

GOOD WOOD, Natalia Koigorodova, Parguet-Hall,  Saint-Petersburg 2009

”Absolute Beauty”, 16th International Silverart Competition, The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland 2007

 “pro.KORU II", Association of Southeast Finland designer-makers TÄKY, Lappeenranta 2007

“KONTTI”, Korutaideyhdistys ry, Lappeenranta 2006

”Jewellery Olympus 2006”, The World of Stone, St.-Petersburg 2006 

”KORU. Joieria Contemporània Finlandesa”, The Arts Council of Southeast Finland , Barcelona 2005

“Arkipäivän estetiikkaa” (“Everyday aesthetics”), Kouvola Art Museum, Kouvola 2005  

”Jewellery Olympus 2003”, The World of Stone, St.-Petersburg 2003

”Finnish Jewellery”, Eija Mäkelä ja Kaarin Bonde Jensen, Helsinki 2003

”Jewellery Olympus 2001”, The World of Stone, St.-Petersburg 2001

“Amberif 2000”, Gdansk International Fair Co., Gdansk 2000

”The Ocarina Tells a Story”, The Finnish Crafts and Arts Organisation, Keuruu 1997

Periodicals:

Baltic Jewellery News (No 26), 2014, page 44, 48), Vilnius, Lithuania

Stop in Finland, no 2, March 2014, p. 28, St.-Petersburg

Fashion, spring/summer 2014, page 90, Riga, Latvia

Pastaiga, January 2014, page 24, Riga, Latvia

Baltic Jewellery News (20), 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania

Baltic Jewellery News,  August 2009, page 68, Vilnius, Lithuania

Baltic Jewellery News, February 2009, page 45, Vilnius, Lithuania

Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 1/2009

Baltic Jewellery News, August 2008, page 55, Vilnius, Lithuania

Russian Diamonds & Jewellery 4/2008

Pulse Saint-Petersburg, April 2007, page 12

Form Function Finland 1/2004, page 9

Jewellery World 2/2002, pages 28-31, Moscow 2002

Russian Jeweller 4/1997, pages 48-49, St.-Petersburg 1997

Russian Jeweller 5/1997, pages 37, St.-Petersburg 1997

Major Awards

2012               

1st prize, Jewellery Olympus 2012 Competition, nomination "Jewellery virtuosos / Innovation", Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2011                   

Finnish Cultural Foundation, South Karelia Regional Fund, half a year working grant

2010

Arts Council of Southeast Finland, one year working grant

2009

1st prize in ”Jewellery Olympus 2009” Competition, nomination “Innovation in jewellery art”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

National Council for Design, half a year state grant for artists

2008

Nikolai Nuzin´s prize (“Philosophical intepretation of the image”) in jewellery competition ”Jewellery Olympus 2008”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Finnish Cultural Foundation (South Carelian Fund), half a year working grant 

National Council for Design, travel grant (work group)

National Council for Design, quality support for design (work group) 

2007

National Council for Design, one year state grant for artists

2006

2nd prize in silver collection nomination, X!V International Jewellery Fair JUNWEX, Lenexpo, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Arts Council of Finland, Public Display Grant

2005

Nikolai Nuzin´s prize (“Philosophical content”) in jewellery competition ”Jewellery Olympus 2005”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Finnish Cultural Foundation (South Carelian Fund), one year working grant

National Council for Design, quality support for design

2004

Finnish Cultural Foundation (South Carelian Fund), half a year working grant

2003

Arts Council of Southeast Finland, grant

2002

Diploma in jewellery competition ”Jewellery Olympus 2002”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2001

Arts Council of Southeast Finland, grant

2000

“25 best works” –diploma in jewellery competition ”Jewellery Olympus 2000”, St.-Petersburg

Silver Prize in Amberif Design Award “Elektronos 2000”-competition, Gdansk, Poland(International Competition for Jewellery with Amber Design)

Arts Council of Southeast Finland, subsidy for a solo exhibition

1999

2nd prize in competition ”Stone and Jewellery Art” in nomination ”silver jewellery”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

1997

2nd prize in jewellery competition ”Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 2/97” in nomination ”objects from unprecious metals”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

1st prize in jewellery competition ”Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller 1/97” in nomination ”objects from unprecious metals”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

1996

2nd prize in jewellery competition ”Saint-Petersburg’s Jeweller –96” in nomination ”objects from unprecious metals”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Membership

2007-

Artists O, Finland

2005-2014

Korutaide ry (The Finnish Jewellery Art Association)

1999-

The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo
Southeast Finland designer-makers TÄKY

Artist Residencies

Fondazione Sassi Matera (Arts Promotion Centre of Finland), Matera, Italy, 2014
Casa Finlandese, Grassina, Italy, 2010
Circolo Scandinavo per Artisti e Scienziati, Rome, Italy, 2006


 

 
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Nikolai Balabin