Anton Shappo

Professional painter, sculptor, graphic artist, designer and tattoo artist. Lives and works in Minsk.
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1979 — born in Novopolotsk, Belarus;

1994 — finished Novopolotsk Children’s Art School;

2001 — graduated from Minsk State Art College named after A. K. Glebov, Belarus;

2001 — 2005 — worked as a designer, decorator: interiors of night clubs, cafes, official organizations in Minsk, Polotsk, Novopolotsk;

2005 — creation of the memorial complex “Zvezda” dedicated to the victims of the fascist concentration camp in Brovuha, Vitebsk region, Belarus;

Since 2006 he is tattoo artist of the tattoo studio “U Lisitsy”, Minsk, Belarus;

Since 2011 he is the managing director of the tattoo studio “U Lisitsy”, Minsk, Belarus;

Self-fulfillment: a painter, sculptor, graphic artist, designer and tattoo artist.
"Draw" series, 2022
"Hair" series, 2020
Her hair is tenderly
Slipping through fingers,
I’m whispering the confession
Of love!
"Capoeira" series, 2019
Brazil already sounds beautiful!
Ocean, mulattos, Jorge Amado,
The smell of cinnamon and clove,
White schooners in the port.
What not!
Cachaca carnival at every corner,
The Voodoo rituals,
And, capoeira, of course!
A battle dance,
Which any holiday or rout
Can never go without!
"1+6" series, 2016
52800 BYN
Throughout the history of humankind number seven has been considered magic, filled with secret meaning. We may take any aspect of life, mention any phenomenon — number seven definitely rules the world: there are seven deadly sins, wonders of the world, rainbow dyes, days of week, notes in music and, of course, seven continents.

There are several traditions of dividing lands into parts of the world. Some cultures single out six continents, others — seven. It happens because Eurasia, which had been considered one continent for a long time, later split into Asia and Europe. This sacramental moment of singularity, identity standing out from the whole, birth of number seven as a model of universe underlies the author’s philosophical meditations about the world’s fate and personal history of each human being.

1+6 — is a universal formula of personality as individuality, revealing itself in an indispensable connection to the surrounding world and at the same time in separation from it.
"Flesh" series, 2015
The title of the series is full of meanings: the Russian-speaking audience will not hear the difference between the words flesh — "a body" and flash — "a tattoo sketch". And a flash is also "an outburst, a moment". This series is a philosophical interpretation of life through your craft. Every specialist has a professional deformation — a doctor sees the symptoms of diseases in others, and a tattoo artist sees life as a sum of sketches for his works. Any story about love and death, about betrayal and courage, about faith, about the memory of ancestors becomes a blank, a sketch. After all, a tattoo is a moment of being (flash), which has become a sketch (flash) for a picture on someone’s body, a decoration of someone’s flesh (flesh). It is a way to perpetuate a fragment of life by making it a part of your body or to fulfil some fundamental dream literally by giving it your living warmth.
"Teatro" series
Stylistically, the "Teatro" series is a tribute to the memory of poster art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The works are theatre posters of performances not having taken place, the premieres of which were not seen by any audience. And yet their plots, despite their deliberate extravagance, are familiar to everyone who has experienced a personal drama, who has performed his role to the end in this or that play of the eternal show of life. After all, the images of a wounded bullfighter or a cruel beauty, if you do not take them literally, are not so detached from reality. A passion for theatre, in my opinion, is the desire to go beyond the boundaries of your personality, your only script. If this passion does not become a craft, it becomes life itself.
"For love" series
In fact, all your actions should be guided by love, not just your personal relationships. So, you shall choose a profession, a woman, a life path, a number of your obligations and preferences also for love. Therefore, despite the "female" face of the series, it is still about choice, about the fact that circumstances sometimes bind us hand and foot, subordinate us to their power, creating the illusion of hopelessness. And it is not so important what stories are behind these images of confused women, it is important that a person always has a choice, and this choice is love.
"Mexico" series
Burning, dangerous, blinding! Diverse and at the same time harmonious! It has remained in my memory forever, like a vivid dream in which everything you want becomes reality! It is impossible to show it to the end. There’s always something else to bite off…
In this series, Mexico becomes a generalizing image of travel as such. It comprises everything people expect from traveling, for what they save money and choose routes. It is a change of impressions, landscape, surrounding people. It is the joy of discovery and freedom of action. And any journey is a way home, a way to yourself. A new experience allows you to rethink habitual values and guidelines, to see the world from a different angle. Then you become a real Indian or a desperate revolutionary, making your way to your golden Acapulco to meet your dream.
"Inexpensive love" series
My father says that everything in life is a composition, that is, a work of art, and love is no exception. So, a love composition can be large, complex, elaborated: family, children, grandchildren. It is a work of many years, a canvas, the creation of which takes up a lot of time. This kind of work is expensive. And there are occasional love sketches — light, bright, like the wings of a butterfly, non-binding meetings. These sketches do not require much effort and cost a trifle, but they are also carriers of beauty, of its very essence — the momentary joy of life, an elusive unique moment.
This series is dedicated to simple love compositions, fleeting impressions — these are the stories of some women of easy virtue, some countries in which they live, workers of the oldest profession, they feel joyful or sad and give inexpensive love to everyone interested.
​2021
International Festival of Contemporary Art ART-MINSK 2021, Palace of Art, Minsk;

"6th Line", National Center for Contemporary Arts, Minsk;


2020
International Festival of Contemporary Art ART-MINSK 2020, Palace of Art, Minsk;


2019
Personal exhibition "1 + 6" within the framework of the international action "Night of Museums", Palace of Art, Minsk;

The personal exhibition “1+6” within the framework of the international campaign “Night of Museums”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The 5th “Autumn Salon with Belgazprombank”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The personal exhibition “1+6” within the framework of the international campaign “Night of Museums”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The 5th “Autumn Salon with Belgazprombank”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2018
The International Festival of Contemporary Art “Art-Minsk”, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The National Exhibition “Sunflower Seeds”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The 4th “Autumn Salon with Belgazprombank”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

“Strusto, Dauble, Richi, Savanar”, Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery, Minsk, Belarus;


2017
The International Exhibition “Apple Taste”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The personal exhibition “Flesh”, the ArtPort Gallery, Minsk, Belarus;


2016
The National Exhibition “Sunflower Seeds”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The Fourth International Tattoo Festival “Tattoo Fest 2016”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The selling exhibition of contemporary art “Autumn Salon with Belgazprombank”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2015
The Third Belarusian Tattoo Festival “Belarus Tattoo Fest 2015”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2014
The Exhibition of Modern Belarusian Sculpture “Sculpture: XXI”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

“Shappo Cocktail”, the K35 Art Gallery, Moscow, the Russian Federation;


2013
The Art Project “Door”, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2012
The exhibition “With Love to Latin America” (under the auspices of the Honorary Consulate of Peru in Belarus, the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Belarus, the Latin American Cultural Centre named after S. Bolivar), the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus;


2011
The National Exhibition “Koliada Fest”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The National Exhibition “Nude”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2010
The National Exhibition “Koliada Fest”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2009
The exhibition “The Garden of Venus”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

The exhibition under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the International Earth Day, Minsk Regional Library named after A. Pushkin, Belarus;


2007
The National Exhibition “Dozhynki”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

A prize-winner of the body-art contest of the 10th Festival of Modern Arts and Avant-garde Fashion "Mamont", Minsk, Belarus;

The exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Minsk State Art College named after A. K. Glebov, the Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk, Belarus;


2006
The National Youth Exhibition “How I Spent the Summer”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


2005
“To See the Air”, the Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk, Belarus;


2004
The National Youth Exhibition “Travelling”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

“A Cat and a Dog”, the Art Gallery of the Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus;


2003
The Granite Sculpture Symposium dedicated to the 45th anniversary of Novopolotsk, Belarus;


2002
“The Christmas Punch”, the Museum of Modern Belarusian Sculpture named after A. Bembel, Minsk, Belarus;


2001
The National Exhibition and Contest “Dedication to Native Belarus”; the National Art Gallery of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Minsk, Belarus;


2000
“The Cocktail”, the Gold Gallery, Minsk, Belarus;

The National Youth Exhibition “New Names”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;
“Shappo and Sons”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;

A prize-winner of the National Contest for Art Students “Art-session”, Vitebsk, Belarus;
The National Youth Exhibition “Belarus in the Third Millennium", the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


1999
The National Youth Exhibition “Time. Space. Personality”, the Palace of Arts, Minsk, Belarus;


1998
“Sh-3”, the 6th Line Gallery, Minsk, Belarus;


1994
“Shapa-1”, Polotsk, Belarus;

“Shapa-1”, Vitebsk, Belarus;


1993
“Shapa-1”, Novopolotsk, Belarus.
Anton: “I don’t want my art to be liked, I want it to be understood. To succeed at any cost is not my principle”.

Originality of thinking, preciseness of views and estimates, creativity of life behaviour can be perceived in Anton upon the very first contact with him. He is the youngest of the Shappo brothers. The creative atmosphere of the family, which formed him, defined a wide range of interests and directions of the artist’s activities. Anton is the managing director of the popular Minsk tattoo studio “U Lisitsy”, a successful designer of interiors. He prefers to work on interiors of cafes, bars, restaurants, where it is possible to create an unusual theatrical atmosphere, allowing the designer to express his fantasy to the full extent in search of unexpected and extravagant solutions.

In Anton’s opinion, one of the most important tasks of an artist is to create useful works, forming the living environment of a person, producing impact on human emotions, feelings, state of mind. He admits that he would also like to work as a production designer in film and television. Anton’s typical dynamism of life and creative behaviour, his desire to “get into” different experiments is a family trait of the members of the Shappo clan. Anton says that he likes to exist in a dynamic rhythm of a “wheel” of modern life, to seek adventures – it gives energy, excites and calms down at the same time.

The beloved and essential activity of this artist, which harmonizes him, his senses and thoughts, allows him to concentrate and to fall into the creative process is painting. He is the third painter in the family, and his works bear no resemblance to the works of his father Vladimir Shappo, a well-known Belarusian painter, or his brother Pavel Shappo. This is what constitutes the value and the peculiarity of the creative family union, in which all family members are bright personalities with a highly individual view of life and art, with an original artistic manner.
In his painting experiments, as well as in other creative activities and in life in general, Anton is independent from external views and impacts. He deliberately ruins classical canons of painting, looks for unexpected solutions. His works should be called art-objects rather than paintings in a traditional sense of the word. They can be performed on a canvas or a piece of plywood with some paper glued to them. The artist mixes colours, paints with oil, acrylic, sometimes adding even watercolours. He is fond of general decorative effect of colour and plastic solutions, therefore he denies illusive spatiality of compositions, introduces ornamental patterns, uses local colours and clear graphic drawing, working thoroughly on all details and fragments of objects and figures. Anton cares a lot about the texture of surfaces, masterful “elaboration” and technical completeness of a work in all its elements. Frames, which he always makes with his own hands, are not an addition or decoration, but an integral part of the ideological and figurative concepts of his paintings-objects.

In these artworks Anton’s presence is obvious: his melancholy, irony, love, chaos, passion. A distinctive feature of his artistic style is a reformatting of certain life events, impressions from travelling, meetings, encounters with previously unknown perceptions of the world: new smells, tastes, sounds – into images, which are remote from everyday reality, romantic in their strange exoticism. These aspirations of the artist are brightly expressed in the works of the cycle “FLESH” (2015) and “1+6” (2016) with their allegoric nature, parabolic themes, plots, images. They embody the artist’s boyish passion to travel in time and space, mature inclination to philosophical thoughts about a human being and the world, his bent for a metaphorical pictorial language. These tendencies can be seen in his other works, the content of which is more private and lyrical. In the “calm” and tender picture “Tango and a plaid”, the artist creates an expressive image of Love taking a simple life episode. His desire to protect a beloved woman from cold, wrapping her in a warm plaid, takes a deeper meaning, when it is understood as a wish to protect her from the “cold” of all life adversities.
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