Oleksandr Zhyvotkov was born in 1964 in Kyiv. His father is a painter, graphic artist and illustrator Oleg Zhyvotkov. He graduated from the Taras Shevchenko State Art School and the Kyiv Art Institute. He has been a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1989. In 1992 he became a member of the association “Picturesque Sanctuary”. After that, his practice is characterized by focusing on a palette of white, black, brown and gray colors and working with the iconic plane.
The works are in the collections of the National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv); Kyiv Museum of Russian Art (Kyiv); Museum of Art History (Vienna); BBC Gallery (London); Nikanor Onatsky Regional Art Museum in Sumy (Sumy, Ukraine) and the Ukrainian House (Kyiv, Ukraine).
Premonition (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2014), Seven Works (Stedley Art Foundation, Kyiv, 2011);
20 Years of Presence (Institute of Problems of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, 2011);
Picturesque Sanctuary. Version 2008 (Botega Gallery, Kyiv, 2008);
Borderland (series of exhibitions in Poland and Ukraine, 2007-2008).