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Pavel Pepperstein is an artist and writer.

He works in a variety of media including installations and mural paintings, where drawing plays a central role. In his multifaceted oeuvre, he navigates between different ideological vectors inside Russian and global culture, often resorting to fictional narratives and a rethinking the Russian avant-garde’s formal vocabulary. In 1987, Pepperstein cofounded the experimental group Inspection Medical Hermeneutics (with Serguei Anuriev and Yuri Leiderman) which collectively produced art projects and theoretical writings till the mid-1990s. Pepperstein is also a prolific fiction writer, whose first major novel was a monumental twovolume fantasy saga The Mythological Love of Castes (volume one, with Sergei Anufriev), written in the 1990s and published in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Recent exhibitions include: The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2011; Ostalgia, New Museum, New York, 2011; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, 2010; 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009 (main exhibition and Russian Pavilion); and 3rd Moscow Biennial, Moscow, 2009. Pepperstein lives and works on his nomadic travels and occasionally in Moscow.