Genia Chef

|Germany/ Russia|

Born Evgeny Scheffer 1954 in Aktjubinsk, Kazakhstan, USSR. Works in the fields of objects, installation, painting, and 3-dimensional computer works. Before emigrating to the West in 1985 he was a member of Soviet Nonconformist Art circles in Moscow, a group that included, among others, Ilya Kabakov, Viktor Pivovarov, Anatoly Zverev and Semyon Faibisovich. In 1985 Chef moved to West Germany, where his etchings based on Marquis de Sade earned him attention from the press. In 1988 Chef was accepted to the Master Class of Еrik Brauer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. In 1993 the Academy awarded Chef its Master of Fine Arts degree, together with its Fueger Gold Prize. In late 1993 Chef moved to New York City where he exhibited his works with several former members of Soviet nonconformist art circles in a number of group exhibitions. Chef has illustrated numerous books, including Prose and Poetry by Edgar Allan Poe and Nothing Lasts Forever Anymore by Michael Lederer. Chef’s own book Finger World was published in 1993 in Nurenberg.


Eternal City, 2003

ink-jet print, 85x160cm


The Valley of Kings, 2003

digital print on paper, 84 х 162см