Valery Barykin has the most experience of anyone in crossing didactic Soviet posters and coquettish retro beauties from American magazine pin-ups. The artist immerses the viewer in the idyllic Soviet Stagnation, where a life-affirming song by Muslim Magomaev blares from a transistor radio. The abstemious driver, quite realistic, proudly presents his wages to his beautiful wife, while passengers on Aeroflot are being offered buttercream eclairs and pear soda pop.
Valery Barykin graduated from the Nizhniy Novgorod School of Theater, where he found himself drawn to pin-up art. Barykin has participated in the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and his work has been shown in the Erarta Museum in St. Petersburg and the Erarta Galleries in New York. He has had solo exhibitions in Moscow, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Kirov, Rostov-on-Don, and Yoshkar-Ola. Barykin has illustrated advertisements for Megafon, Alfa Bank, and M. Video. His series of memorable illustrations for Zhiguli Beer labels were produced in cooperation with the Moscow Beer Brewing Company.
He lives and works in Nizhniy Novgorod.