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In-Depth Arts Interview: Artist and Entrepreneur, Vasily Klyukin

Vasily Klyukin, Why People Can't Fly

Vasily Klyukin with ‘Why People Can’t Fly’ at Burning Man 2019

In his early life, Russian artist and entrepreneur Vasily Klyukin applied his highly creative mind to business, where he has been phenomenally successful. Latterly, his creativity has moved towards art with him creating complex sculptures and installations which are located around the world including in Moscow, London, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Ibiza. Vasily Klyukin is a famous defender of the environment and works on promoting the fight against environmental pollution every chance he gets. Inevitably, environmental themes permeate his fascinating sculptures. He’s also known for his unique architectural concepts, and an inventive sci-fi novel. He has raised nearly $2million for charity auctioning his art.

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The interview covers Vasily’s first memory of art and his early life, what it was like at Burning Man showing his installation, and the amazing exhibition ‘In Dante Veritas’, and what inspired these works. Also why he is so passionate about defending the environment.

Ruth Copland interviewed Vasily Klyukin just after he returned from a hugely successful installation of his art at the Burning Man 2019 festival and before he returned to his home in Monaco via London.

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Ruth Copland interviewing Vasily Klyukin in Hollywood Hills, USA

Vasily Klyukin’s solo exhibition called ‘In Dante Veritas’ was a huge success both at the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and the sculptural park, ‘LA Collection’Air’ in Lucerne (Switzerland). An expanded multi-media version of ‘In Dante Veritas’, comprising more than a hundred inter-related art objects, is exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale where it is extremely popular with attendees. Vasily Klyukin’s inspiring concepts for unusual buildings are published in the book Designing Legends. His science-fiction novel ‘Collective Mind’ was published in Russia and is now available in English via Amazon. Vasily Klyukin is known for his support of amfAR, the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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Individual sculptures from ‘In Dante Veritas’

Many of Vasily’s sculptures consist of many thin layers of metal or other material artfully designed and constructed to create a 3-D form. This has the effect of creating a sculpture which is at the same time solid but full of space, static but also seeming to move as you view the different layers from different angles. The sculptures are painted in vivid multi-colours which enhance these effects.
Fans include Leonardo di Caprio who comments Vasily’s work is “Phenomenal! The fragmentation of the image is collected in one sculpture.” And also Charles Saatchi who states “The exhibition of Vasily Klyukin will absolutely blow the world down.” Plus art auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury who says Vasily is a great sculptor with incredible work. You can find many photographs of Vasily’s work on his websites and

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