Ted Vasin
Painting, San Francisco California United States
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Brief Summary

Ted Vasin is a San Francisco-based artist who works in painting and sound. His work attacks the phenomenon of the psychological spectrum and its possibilities of expansion and transcendence. On the canvas a collision of hyper-realism and technologically produced abstractions proposes an intersection where the organic self and the physical world must come to terms. Vasin's work is vulnerable and visceral often relying on the grotesque in an attempt to encapsulate a moment and fuse it with the mind; there are toilets, phalli and insects all rendered with the reverence of a 17th century Dutch still life painter. This imagery along with self portraits and iconic pop culture objects offer the viewer something familiar, a point of entry into the picture and down the rabbit hole--asking for and often provoking participation in the shared sensory perception of the human experience. While the artworks are a place for connection, they are also a visual anthology with a recurring index of computer generated forms plucked from the artist's imagination, concurrently questioning and reaffirming the idea of an archetypal universe. The artist's own body often becomes a frame of reference for a sentient existence--the intersection of its limitations (mortality), and its abilities (creation) are starting points in the artist's practice and its continual attempt to transcribe and chronicle the depths and boundaries of consciousness.

Born and educated in Moscow, Vasin has exhibited for nearly two decades both internationally and statewide including shows at the 101/exhibit, Limm Art Gallery, Davis Art Center, artMRKT Hamptons, Frey Norris Gallery, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Sotheby's New York, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, Stanford Art Spaces and more. He was an artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, exhibiting at the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the De Young Art Center. In 2006 Vasin was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. His work has been reviewed by the ArtWeek, San Francisco Chronicle, ArtSlant and has been featured in Hi-Fructose Magazine, American Art Collector, New American Paintings, Fashion Week Magazine, Wired Magazine as well as online in Juxtapoz, and Beautiful/Decay.
Professional Experience


Moscow Art College, Moscow, Russia

Awards and Residencies


Creative Capacity Fund, Quick Grant Program


The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2002, 2003

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Residency

Solo Exhibitions


"Poison Bliss", 101/exhibit, Miami, FL


"Non-Local Cues", Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

"Paintings and Sound", Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

"Paintings and Sound", Limn Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"Mathematical Perfection", Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"Ted Vasin, Artitst In Residence", California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA


"Ted Vasin, Artitst In Residence", De Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA

"Ted Vasin, Artitst In Residence", California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA

"Overpass", Suarez Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"To the Light", Bauhaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions


Group Show 4, 101/exhibit, Miami, FL


2011 artMRKT Hamptons, 101/exhibit

"Emerge…" 101/exhibit, Miami, FL


SCOPE Miami, 101/exhibit, Miami, FL

Group Show, 101/exhibit, Miami, FL

"Spring Group Show", LIMN Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"Bay Area Annual", Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA


"Summer Group Show", Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Arcadia 2007", California Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles Art Show, Frey Norris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Art LA, Frey Norris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Summer Group Show", Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bridge Art Fair, Frey Norris Gallery, Miami, FL


"Bay Area Annual", Pacifica Center for the Arts, Pacifica, CA

"Summer Group Show", Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Frey Norris Gallery, New York, NY


"Summer Group Show", Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Frey Norris Gallery, New York, NY


"ArtSpan Selections", Mills Building, San Francisco, CA

"New Introductions", Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"International Young Art 2002", ArtLink@Sotheby's, Sotheby's Tel Aviv, Israel

"International Young Art 2002", ArtLink@Sotheby's, Sotheby's Amsterdam, Netherlands

"International Young Art 2002", ArtLink@Sotheby's, Elisabeth Foundation Center, New York, NY


"2001: An Art Odyssey", Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Autumn Salon", Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"Summer Show", Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA


"Grand Opening Exhibition", Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford, CA

Panel Discussion


"Outside of Fashion", GenArt and Epicenter:Arts, 111 Minna Gallery

Publications / Media


"Vol. 24 Preview" Hi-Fructose, Ted Vasin feature preview, June 19, 2012

"Ted Vasin | Poison Bliss at 101/exhibit" Designitecture, May, 29 2012

SAGL, "Ted Vasin’s ‘Poison Bliss’" Cromeyellow, May, 29 2012

Susan Williamson, "What To Wear To Wynwood's Hottest Galleries" Refinery29, May 24, 2012

Jordan Melnick, "Art walk guide: Poison Bliss @ 101 exhibit" BeachedMiami, May 8, 2012

Sabine, "Plug In by Ted Vasin" Mocoloco, May 4, 2012

"Must See Paintins Shows: May" New American Paintings blog, May 3, 2012

Kathleen Elise, "Free Events This Week: Poison Bliss, Out of Place, Eclipse" Miami New Times, April 30, 2012

Zach Tutor, "Ted Vasin" Supersonic Electronic, April 27, 2012

Jenifer Mangione Vogt, "Miami's Spring Standouts" Artlog, April 24, 2012

Carlos Suarez De Jesus, "Smokin' Arts: Ten Works in Miami Best Viewed While Stoned" Miami New Times, April 20, 2012

Attaboy, "Ted Vasin’s Poison Bliss" Hi-Fructose, April 16, 2012

"Ted Vasin: Poison Bliss" Flavorpill, April 14, 2012

Richard Scarry & Chippy Coates, "Miami's Spring Standouts" Daily du Jour, April 14, 2012

"Ted Vasin" UnDo, April 14, 2012

"Ted Vasin: Poison Bliss at 101/Exhibit Gallery " FAD, April 14, 2012

"Ted Vasin “Poison Bliss” at 101 Exhibit" SoFlaNights, April 13, 2012

Amanda McCorquodale, "Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: April" The Huffington Post, April 12, 2012

"Ted Vasin" adondelaviste, April 12, 2012

Abhilasha Singh, "Watchlist Artist: Ted Vasin" ArtSlant, April 11, 2012

"101/ Exhibit presents Ted Vasin Poison Bliss" Artefuse, April 10, 2012

Jeff, "Ted Vasin" Booooooom, April 4, 2012

Vitalina Egereva, "Ted Vasin - yarky i vesenny" Borsche, April 4, 2012

JJJ, "Ted Vasin. Poison Bliss – Miami – Florida" International Art News, April 2012

"The illustrations by Ted Vasin" Design You Trust, April 2012

"Ted Vasin. Poison Bliss" in American Art Collector, Issue 78, pages 112-113, April 2012

"101/exhibit in Miami to present Ted Vasin - Poison Bliss" Art Knowledge News, March 27, 2012

"Ted Vasin" Art & Artworks, March 17, 2012

"The Art of Ted Vasin" Juxtapoz, March, 16 2012

QRieuZ, "Ted Vasin" Au-Secours, March 10, 2012

"Ted Vasin - Poison Bliss" Art Week, March 8, 2012

"Ted Vasin" Grab Magazine, Issue 14, pages 14-21, March 2012


"Moscú is alive?" in ARTyCool, November 2011

Stephanie, "Spotlight On: Artist Ted Vasin" in Platinum Cheese, November 2011

Ken Harman, "New works by Ted Vasin" in Hi-Fructose, October 2011

Dmitry Bezouglov, Feature Interview, Fashion Week Magazine, September 2011

Interview Artflow Magazine, Issue 8, pages 22-25, August 2011

Darcy Johnson T-SQUAT, July 2011

MOCT Magazine, Issue 2, pages 75-80, July 2011

Poets/Artists Magazine, Voulume 4, Issue 4, pages 37-41, July 2011

Skypenguin, July 2011

Magpie Magazine, Issue 2, pages 50-57, July 2011

The Young Artists' Collective, blog post, June 2011

Moloko+ , June 2011

DOUX Magazine, Issue 7, pages 80-93, June 2011

"Ted Vasin Paintings", Panoplya, April 2011

Semi-Permanent, 2011 Book, first edition

Johny Screams, "Brain Storm in Acrylics, amplified sound effects in the paintings", Kulturologia.ru, February 2011


Rooms Magazine, #03, December 2010

Six Years Later, Issue One, December 2010

New American Paintings, Volume 91, December 2010

Christopher, "Work of Ted Vasin", Art Fucks Me, December 2010

Rucha, "Who Is Ted Vasin", My Street, December 2010

Alex, "Ted Vasin", It's Nice That, December 2010

Sophia Chen, "ART: Ted Vasin", Sick of the Radio, October 2010

Meisy Cheong, "Ted Vasin | Get Lost", Feature Interview ACCLAIM Magazine, October 2010

Julie, "Ted Vasin", Beautiful/Decay, October 2010

Wylo, "Ted Vasin Paintings", Cool Material, September 2010

Armida, "Intense Art Composites - Painter Ted Vasin's Works are Undeniably Surreal ", Trend Hunter, September 2010

"The Latest from Ted Vasin" in Juxtapoz, September, 2010

"Ted Vasin: Fresh for 2010" in Juxtapoz, May 2010

Ken, "The Art of Ted Vasin" in Hi-Fructose, April 2010


Kendrick Daye, "Circles: An Interview With Ted Vasin" in Art Nouveau Magazine, September 2009

"Ted Vasin: Non-Local Cues" on Integral Naked, September 2009

Seth Curcio, "Ted Vasin" in Daily Serving, May 2009

Dormain Geyer, "Ted Vasin Interview" in Arteaser, April 2009


Katie Barnes, "The Sound of Art - "Non-Local Cues" Make Sense in Local Gallery" in LAsThePlace, September 2008

"Ted Vasin: Non-Local Cues at Tarryn Teresa Gallery" in Russian Life magazine, August 2008

"Ted Vasin Solo Exhibit" in Beautiful Decay, September 2008

"Ted Vasin at LIMN Gallery", Sound Performance Video in Art Ltd. Magazine, Sept. 2008

Aimee C. Reed, "Ted Vasin at LIMN Gallery" in ArtWeek, September 2008

Nicole Docimo, "Alternate Realities" in The Davis Enterprize, July 2008

Jackson Yan, "Speaking Through Art" in The California Aggie, 2008

Shoka, "Sight of Sound", in The Sacramento News & Review, July 2008

"Russian Artist Ted Vasin Exhibition Featured at Davis Art Center", in Art Daily, July 2008

Erie Vitiello, "Sound, Art will share the vibe", in The Davis Enterprize, June, 2008

Andy Richie, "Ted Vasin @ Limn Art Gallery", in ArtSlant, June, 2008

"Ted Vasin: Paintings and Sound presented at Limn Gallery", in Art Knowledge News, June 2008

Rayhan Harmanci, "An Abstract Mind" in 96 Hours of SF Chronicle, June, 2008

Isaac Amala, "Ted Vasin Paintings and Sound at LIMN", ArtBusiness, June 2008

"Ted Vasin at LIMN Gallery", Sound Performance Video in Culture-Surfer, June 2008


"Ted Vasin Paintings with Hypersonic Sound", in Art Knowledge News, August 2007

"HyperSonic Sound Accompanies New Vasin Painting at Frey Norris Gallery", in Art Daily, August 2007


"The Future Is a No-Show" in WIRED Magazine, July 2005

Sheila Macho, "Cover Impressions: Reprogramming of Mental Preprogramming - Ted Vasin", Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, May 2005

Sabine, "Edge of Your Carpet" in Art MoCo, April, 2005

Joyce Slaton, "Mathematical Perfection" in SF Weekly, March 2005


New American Paintings, Volume 43, January 2003


Renee Baldocchi, Wei Fang, "Ted Vasin - Artist and Performer", in Fine Arts Magazine, Fall 2002

"Ted Vasin at Suarez Gallery", Gallery Guide, May 2002

Catalog, International Young Art 2002 ArtLink at Sotheby's


New American Paintings, Volume 31, 2001


Chris Rooney, "Art goes high-tech", in Marin Scope, July 2000

P.C., "My friend Picasso" in Where: San Francisco, October 2000


Kate Manning, "A trio of Styles", Palo Alto Weekly, 1998


David Gefter, "Vernisage" in Vzgliad Weekly, 1997

Afrikhan Davies, "Artist Ted Vasin", Jazz Line, TV show, 1997


C-Collection, Switzerland
Awards and Recognition
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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