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Roman Minin was born in 1981 in Dimitrov, Donetsk region, Ukraine. He graduated from the Kharkov Art College and Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts. In 2013, he was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group projects in Ukraine and abroad. He has organized and also participated in street art festivals. He is mainly known as a painter, graphic artist, photographer, author of objects and installations. He lives and works in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Roman Minin tailored-made "Human/Alien" installation for Manifesta 11 in Zurich "What people do for money - some join-ventures". The Donetsk region, where Roman Minin was born, is identified by mining. For the people living there it is not only an industry but a way of life.

Roman states: “I was born in a family of miners. All my parents, grandmothers, grandfathers and brothers are miners. I know everything about this profession, because it became a part of my life. But I do not depict miners only as a symbol of hard work. First of all they are a symbol of search of light and fire in our life. Also, for me they are a symbol of a modern science, Data Mining, it makes the images of my miners actual for whole world, because any person as a miner extracts the meaning of life within themselves and in the world around him.”

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