VitaliV (or Vitali V, real name Vitali Vinogradov) is a Soviet-born painter and sculptor now living in the United Kingdom and Italy, who has developed an artistic style based on the designs of computer microchips. Some works have been laser-cut in relief and then hand-painted as 3D objects.
Vitali was born in Odessa (then in Ukraine, U.S.S.R.) in 1957. After finishing Odessa Maritime College, Vitali was deployed to different locations in the Russian Arctic and Siberia for 6 years.
In 1979 Vitali moved to St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). In 1983 Vitali entered the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, as a part-time and later a full-time student of the sculpture department.
In 1989 he became an exchange student at the Norwich University College of the Arts in England. From 1989 he lived in squat on "mansard roof of "Apteka Pelya" (Alexander Wassiljewitsch Poehl's pharmacy). Since 1991 Vitali has lived in London. During his time in UK he worked selling photocopiers to Russia and then founded the TV3 network.
In 1993 Vitali founded Art Community "Bank", based in the former Barclays Bank building in the area of Hoxton, where the short film festival OMSK was held, and different artists exhibited various conceptual art, large sculptures, video installations and other media.
In 1989 Vitali moved to England. After success creating paintings and sculptures, he broadened his reach to produce objects under the umbrella of Applied Art. This includes jewellery inspired by electronic schemes. Vitali became inspired by the printed circuit board (PCB) and sought to promote an aesthetic around this theme, incorporating it with abstracts or appropriations of nature, or different familiar styles. This method is similar to the electronic Via, which has vertical electrical connections between different layers of conductors.
Vitali has produced objects such as jewellery, tableware and porcelain. He has extended this to produce fashion clothes, accessories and furniture and applied Via Art onto tableware, porcelain and fashion accessories.