Born in Moscow in 1976, Vasily Klyukin was a successful businessman and founder of a real estate fund, development group and a bank. After 15 years in finances, he moved to Monaco in 2011, where he took up sculpture and design. His architectural concepts are known throughout the world. Highlights from Klyukin’s artistic career include, a published album of architectural concepts called “Designing Legends” in 2013, a designed statuette called “The Golden Madonina” in 2017 which became the official Design Prize award at Milan Design Week and on-site installation of the “Beating Heart” sculpture at Burning Man Festival. In 2018 Vasily held his solo exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Russian Museum.
Klyukin’s practice often focuses on the environment and ecological problems. In 2018, Klyukin created “Why People Can’t Fly” a sculpture which contained parts of plastic waste collected from over 150 countries.
Klyukin supports amfAR, Elton John’s AIDS foundation and his work can often be found at charity auctions. Klyukin’s work is located throughout the world including in Moscow, London, Monte Carlo, Lucerne, Cannes, and Ibiza. His work is highly collected.
Among his collectors include: Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Charles Saatchi, Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Eva Longoria and Leonardo DiCaprio.