Credit Suisse has been the Strategic Partner to Cosmoscow since 2015, and the bank carries on supporting the fair in its mission to develop the contemporary art market in Russia and to make Russian artists more visible on the international level. At the fair opening, Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow announced the laureate of their joint award for young artistic talent in Russia.
The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists was introduced in 2016, and this year Asya Marakulina from Saint Petersburg was selected the winner by the international jury in a two-step process. She will receive a financial grant, mentorship support, art trip to Switzerland and opportunity to participate in art residency at the PROGR Art Center in Bern.
Asya is an artist, illustrator and production designer of animated films. She has already had 9 personal exhibitions in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and also participated in many group exhibitions and festivals in different Russian cities, Stockholm and Helsinki. In her artistic practice, Asya seeks to bring out some of the common factors which are applicable to the nature and human beings. At Cosmoscow 2018, she presents works from the Passages series.
“We had very strong nominations for this year's Prize, and it wasn't an easy choice, which is a testament to a very rich contemporary artistic culture in Russia”, said Andre Rogger, head of Credit Suisse Art Collection. “I congratulate Asya on her win, and I hope that the award itself and the art residency in particular will expand her international network and inspire her for new projects”.