Igor Tsvetkov is an artist and filmmaker born in 1981 in the Soviet Union (Russia) into the family of a hereditary artist, who was a victim of political repression. He got most of his skills and understanding of art from his father. After Russia's occupation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, he moved to the European Union in 2015.
Igor began his career in film and video production as an editor on MTV St.Petersburg. Later he started working independently, and in collaboration with the “Conde Nast” holding and various fashion magazines and brands, such as “Vogue”, “GQ”, “Channel”, he took part in creating numerous fashion videos.
As an independent filmmaker, he founded the small studio of production and post-production “rrOfilms” (rrofilms.com) which has been producing, among other things, small documentary portraits of artists. His film "Veneta", comprising 9 such portraits, was shown as part of the unofficial program of the Venice Biennale at the “Veneta Pavilion”, created by “Gallerie Kuchling”.
Igor has also collaborated with organizations such as the BBC and OSCE as a reportage cameraman. In collaboration with Orkan Bayram and “Orkan Bayram Filmproduction”, he created the documentary short film “Brindarim” as cinematographer, editor, and producer. The film has been selected for the best documentary film festivals, nominated, and won prizes.
As an artist, he has established himself as a fairly well-known video artist doing ultra-short animation work. Regularly participated in group and solo exhibitions. Last exhibition in Berlin "Rapture" 18.02.23 introduced the universe of "Rapture" to the wide audience, causing a considerable resonance.
One of the well-known collectors of Igor’s artworks is Quentin Dupieux the famous French filmmaker and musician, performing under the pseudonym “Mr.Oizo”. In 2022, Igor was included in a public list of "favorite NFT artists" by Quentin Dupieux.
As a curator, he created anti-war, anti-Putin exhibition "NeMir" held in Riga in 2016, which was attended by artists from Ukraine, Russia and other countries, most of the participants from Russia were arrested, wanted in Russia or under constant surveillance by the authorities. This makes it dangerous for Igor Tsvetkov to return and visit Russia, despite his elderly parents remaining there.
From 2020 to 2022, together with his partner, theater director Maxim Didenko, he worked on the play “WE” based on Evgeny Zamyatin, which was supposed to premiere in 2020 at the Deutsches Theater (Berlin), Germany's main state theater, but was postponed and then cancelled because of the Covid and then the war. Despite this, in August 2022, together with Maxim Didenko, he made his first short film as director - “Rapture”. A black and white low-budget surreal pseudo noir, representing the "Rapture" universe, on which Igor started working back in 2019. He is currently working on the next episode of the universe. Planning to continue working in the style of surrealism and experimental cinema.