Ilya Yod is a rising artist known for his paintings featuring figures composed of small cube-shaped elements. Having lived in four countries across Europe and Asia, he presently runs two studio spaces in France and Estonia. Ilya Yod initiated formal art training at the age of eight, studying for a decade before earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Emerging Practices from Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image in Poitiers, France, in 2010. His artwork has been showcased in over fifteen international art exhibitions, and in 2018, Ilya Yod was longlisted for the Contemporary Visions international juried exhibition at BEERS London Gallery in the United Kingdom.


Ilya Yod's figures, known as cubeletians, are people made of small cube-shaped elements that evoke our shared humanity and encourage viewers to see beyond their idealized self-image. He has created many series, such as Figures, Iselfs, Zoomingins, and Wordscapes. Ilya Yod's paintings are laborious and are a blend of hand and digital work, with acrylic being his preferred medium. The artist has a particularity to perceive more colours than most people, which is why his artwork is often colourful and luminescent.


Ilya Yod desires to create genuine and impactful art that fosters a better understanding of the world through personal and social growth. His interests in philosophy, psychology, and science are evident in his artistic work. The artist's exhibitions include Skurril, Marler Kunststern in Marl, Germany, Mazipos in Visual Kontakt Gallery in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Hide and Seek at Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow, Russia, among others.


Despite being a rising artist, Ilya Yod prefers to maintain a low profile and not divulge much about himself. Ilya Yod does not disclose his images, age, or personal information such as nationality or race, to evade any distractions from his artwork. However, Ilya Yod's paintings have been featured in several publications, including Creative Boom and Partfaliaz, attesting to the quality and impact of his work. With Ilya Yod's commitment to experimentation and curiosity, his artwork will continue to evolve and captivate audiences in the years to come.




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Selected Exhibitions:

2022 Hide and seek, Skolkovo Innovation Center, Moscow, Russia (Curated by Mikhail Lipovskikh, Curator, Moscow, Russia) 

2021 Digital Legacy, Surface Art Lab gallery, Moscow, Russia (Curated by Arina Novak, Curator, New York, USA)
2020 Solo Exhibition, Kolomna 55.106915,38.757024, Artкommunalka. Erofeev and Others Museum, Kolomna, Russia
2020 Indigital, Boris Vian Library, Persan, France
2019 Sacred Art, Saint-Pierre Space, Senlis, France
2019 A Salon at Sugar Mountain, The Magenta Suite Art Space, Exeter, NH, United States
2018 Skurril, Marler Kunststern, Marl, Germany (Selected by the Essen’s Marler Art Star Cultural Affairs Committee)
2017 Mazipos, Visual Kontakt Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Curated by Carlos Сarmonamedina, Curator, Periférne Centrá, Dubravica, Slovakia) 
2015 200 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and Switzerland, Foreign Literature Library, Moscow, Russia
2009 Rouen Youth Book, Funambule Librarie, Rouen, France



2020 Residency, Art Residence Tumen, Tumen, Russia
2018 Contemporary Visions, International Juried Exhibition, BEERS London Gallery, London, United Kingdom Longlisted (Juror: Kurt Beers, Director of BEERS London, Author of “100 Painters of Tomorrow” & “100 Sculptors of Tomorrow,” London, United Kingdom)
2016 Enter, Workshop, Prague Civil Society Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
2015 DAW Social Projects, Workshop, Teplitsa of Social Technologies, Warsaw, Poland
2009 Rouen Youth Book, a National Juried Illustration Exhibition, Rouen, France, Shortlisted

Print Media:
2012 “Best Young Book Illustrators + 1 Guest of Honor from Ex-USSR,” Trimag Publishing House, Moscow, Russia, September 01, 2012. 656 Pages, Hard Printed in ЕU, 1,225 copies.


Online Periodicals:
2017 Laura Collinson, “Bright Editorial Illustrations Reminiscent of Pixelated Computer Game Graphics,” Creative Boom, September 12, 2017.
2014 Simon Gordy, “Two Lines in My Life,” Monde Mag, February 14, 2014.
2008 Antoine Lecomte, “Linking Сultures,” Partfaliaz, March 29.



Boris Vian Library, Persan, France
Zdes na Taganke Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2010 BFA, Emerging Practices, EESI—Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image, Poitiers, France


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