Painter, sculptor, graphic artist, writer
Bruskin graduated from Moscow Textile Institute Arts Department in 1968. In 1966 he showed his works linked to myths of Judaism at the 7th Youth Exhibition at Moscow’s House of Artists on Kuznetsky Bridge.
In 1987, film director Miloš Forman acquired the first part of the picture Fundamental Lexicon from the Artist and Modernity exhibition. In 1988, Bruskin presented Birth of a Hero in the Na Kashirke exbibition hall. Birth of a Hero is a sculpture series in which the two main themes in the artist’s work are brought together: the study of myths of Soviet socialism and Judaism. On 7th July that same year, after sensational sales at the first auction held by Sothebys in the Soviet Union, where his work was sold for a record sum, he moved to New York and began working with the Marlborough gallery. From 1988 he took part in major exhibitions of unofficial art abroad. In 1999, at the invitation of the German government and as a representative of Russia, he created a monumental triptych entitled Life Above All for the restoration of the Reichstag in Berlin. Since the late 1990s he has also worked in the sphere of applied art.
He is the author of the books Past Imperfect (2001), With You in Thought (2003), Details by Letter (2005), Direct and Indirect Objects (2008) and others.
His first solo exhibition was held in Moscow in the Central House of Artists (1976). In all he has had about 30 exhibitions, of which General Instruction (1993),
Life is Everywhere (2001) and Alefbet. Shpalera (2006) were shown at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Russian Museum. He has also had solo exhibitions in a number of museums in Europe and Latin America, and at the Museum of the Art and History of Judaism in Paris (2010). He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Russia and abroad.
He won the Kandinsky Prize 2012 in the Project of the Year category, for his installation Time Ch. F.b.