Petr Bystrov is a Russian artist and curator. He received a degree in Philosophy from the Russian State University for the Humanities.
Formerly a co-founder and member of the Radek Society activist art group, in the 1990s Bystrov staged performances and produced video art.
At present he is best known as the inventor of staple-engraving technique – assembling metal elements and debris in recognisable shapes and attaching them to plywood panels. When repairing and insulating his home, Bystrov discovered that building materials – nails, paper clips, bolt staples, cables, wires, screws, leather, even rubbish can be essential for creating artworks. Bystrov demonstrates the viewer that the sum of ordinary things can amount to a whole work of art.
Selected solo shows:
Workshop On the Road – Pechersky Gallery, Moscow, 2015.
Encyclopedia of Moscow Types – Museum of Moscow, 2016.
Susami – Palto Gallery, Moscow, 2017.
People. Money. Gallery – JART Gallery, Moscow, 2019.
Sotwaha by Petr Bystrov – dispari & dispari project, Berlin, 2019.