What’s really worth mentioning, is that the most incredible time of the artist’s life- his childhood. Bartenev spent his early years on the Taimyr Peninsula, in the far north of Russia. Child’s admiration of the nature of the Far North will have a major influence on his artworks, that he expresses in sculptures and ceramic objects. By using various ornaments, which are widely implemented in the artworks of the indigenous people, inhabiting Taimyr Peninsula. Bartenev is engaged in ceramics and unique decorative patterns find an embodiment in his art.
Bartenev gained his power in 90’s and became one of the brightest Russian modern art artists. He’s very well- known for his art perfomances with moving and inflatable sculptures and changing compositions that were placed worldwide. His luminous sculpture “Connection nost” at the 54th Venice Biennale (2007) brought him an international fame and recognition. The sculpture “The sun pull” (2000), was constructed in the estate of American abstractionist William de Kooning and immediately became part of the collection of Bob Wilson. Bartenev’s retrospective show: “Say: I love you!” (2015) at the MoMa in Moscow turned out to be a Bartenev’s fairyland.