Solonskyi Serhii

Potographer, belongs to the second generation of Kharkiv School of Photography which formed in the late 1980s.

Serhii was born in the Osypenko village, Berdianskyi district, Zaporizkyi region in 1957.

As a child he was allowed to a photo laboratory equipped by his grandpa Pylyp.

Between 1975 and 1978 he studied chemistry at O. M. Gorky Kharkiv State University but never graduated from it.

During the study Serhii attended Cinema Club and step be step grew fond of photography.

Since the late 1980s, Serhii has been an active participant of exhibitions having aroused the interest to his collage works in which developed the theme of corporeity. 

In his collage compositions he developed the ‘module collage’ principle that is based on creation of one constantly repeated element.

In the mid 1990s, Serhii participated in the Grupa Shvydkogo Reaguvannia (Fast Reaction Group) production group which included Borys Mykhailov, Serhii Bratkov and Vita Mykhailova.

Today the photographer’s attention is mostly drawn by pure photography: rythms of industrial landscapes, elements of urban environment, dynamics of geometrical forms.

Since 2000 Solonskyi has worked in V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.

He lives and works in Kharkiv.


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Borys and Tetiana Hrynov (Kharkiv-Kyiv), Mariia Lanko (Kyiv), Halyna Hleba (Uzhhorod-Kyiv) visiting Serhii Solonskyi (Kharkiv).


The story behind a portrait of the poet, Zhenia Kemerovskii. Photography by Sergii Solonskyi (Kharkiv) .