Boyajan was born in 1958 in the city of Sukhumi, Abkhazia. He graduated from the Tbilisi Art College (Theatrical-decorative department) in 1982. During 1982-1984 he was studying at the Arts Academy theatre workshop. In 1970-1980 he worked as a scenic artist at the Theater of Musical Comedy (Tbilisi) and Sukhumi Youth Theatre, at the “ Georgia-Film” studio. In 1982, he started his exhibition activity. Was the member of the USSR Union of Artist since 1988 and IFA — since 1995. Moved to St. Petersburg in 1990.
Fairy brightness of the South, the splendor of the surrounding nature and sparkling sea, formed a special artistic sensibility, where real experience is inseparable from imagination. St. Petersburg became his second homeland, the place of his creative development. This is the place where his painting acquired special analytic and intelligence of graphic ideas, but remained bright and beautiful. The combination of southern temperament and northern prudence allows to classify Boyajan as a member of so-called “ Mediterranean” school of painting, and largely explains artist’s popularity in the circle of European collectors. His work forms the content of his paintings from aesthetic of feelings.
An outstanding artist, art activist, writer and educator, who became a determining factor in a development of Russian art and culture in late twentieth century. He joined the avant-garde group called “Chronicle” in 1977. As a result of ideological and aesthetic conflict with the administrators of non-conformist movement, which was built on “Zero-object”, he creates the group “New Artists” to unite independent art with youth culture. Stylistically “New Artists” were parallel to such Western European art-movements as Neue Wilde (Germany), East Village (USA), La Figuration libre (France), Transavantgarde (Italy), and such phenomena as the “new figurative”, “new wave”, “new romanticism”.
Soon the group evolved into a movement with its own theater, (“The Idiot”, “Anna Karenina”, “Shooting Skier”, “Three lovebirds ballet” and others in 1984-85), cinema (”parallel cinema”, “necrorealism”), literature, music, the “new criticism”.
In his mid-80s works Novikov moves from expressive painting to minimalist stencils and collages on textiles. He is also working on the theory of perspective and creates a method of “recomposition”. Novikov created art workshops: "Cyril and Methodius" (1978), "Assa" Gallery (1983). He worked as artist in the “Cinema” group, the orchestra “Popular Mechanics”, collaborated with the “New Composers”, he even invented musical instruments (utyugon, long strings, etc.). He becomes an origin of Free University of Every Kind of Art. Novikov conducted potlatch and joint presentations with famous western artists — Warhol, Cage, Rauschenberg, etc.
In 1987, he collaborates with Solovyov in making the film “Assa” (the first award for decoration in the history of Soviet cinema). He was the first media artist in Soviet Union, being the ideologist of "Pirate Television" (1989), and later the director of the film "Golden Section" (1999), "The Nightmare of Modernism" (1999). He participates in the creation of rave and club movement on Fontanka, 145, he is one of the organizers of the “Gagarin party” (1991). After his first trips to the West in 1989, he creates opposed to modernism “neoacademism” movement, advocates for the preservation and revival of classical art.
In his own art Novikov continues to develop the findings of 80s, increasing decorative and textured effects and using neoclassical imagery. He opens the Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts in the squat on Pushkinskaya street. The NAFA at the same time revived the old photographic equipment while actively using new technologies based on classical art forms. Neoacademism ideas apply on Moscow and foreign countries (“European Society for the preservation of classical aesthetics”, 1998). Novikov initiates the creation of organizations: "The Institute of Contemporary Art History" and "Art Will" (1998), in favor of maintaining the "cultural ecology". Throughout 1990s he actively engaged in publishing activities, was a member of the editorial boards of "Cabinet", "Artistic Will", "Susanin» publications. Becomes a host of the “New Academy” show, promotes classical music on techno-youth radio station “Port FM” (1998).
In 1997, he became blind, but continued to be the leader of the art in St. Petersburg. He was a collector and patron of the arts, transferring some of his collections to the Hermitage.
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