2022 Solo Exhibition | Ferrin Contemporary | North Adams, MA

Like An Eternity

Momentary Darkness

Marriage for the Ages

Nature is Within Us

Full Moon Addiction

On the Way


Miss Comet

The mosaic sculpture MISS COMET landed at Project Art in summer of 2022. Designed by Sergei Isupov, the 9’ sculpture was fabricated and completed in collaboration with artist Kadri Pärnamets. Now a permanent installation in front of their studio at Project Art on Main Street in Cummington, MA; the artists engaged with the local community throughout the process. Miss Comet was designed for REFLECTIONS, a grant funded public art project to create new works reflecting on the land and history of the area. Working in late spring of 2022, the couple received donations, visited the studio shard piles of local potters, and produced fabricated elements to articulate the figure‘s features. Throughout the process, unwanted, forgotten, chipped, broken plates and other treasures, including “mudsharked” river shards were left at the sculpture’s base to be incorporated. Each donation came with tales of family histories, prior ownership, unfortunate demise or abandonment. Part archaeology, part commemoration, each object tells a story and provides an opportunity to reflect on the present and history in this small but deeply connected Berskshire community of Western Massachusetts.

Earth & Fire | Fire Sculpture

On June 11, TurnPark Art Space hosted Sergei Isupov and master kiln builder Andres Allik for a truly unique spectacle: the first petal kiln firing in New England. To build Earth & Fire Isupov used 800 lbs of clay to build a nine foot sculpture that was revealed at peak temperature. WATCH the 2 minute time lapse video above for a glimpse at this incredible project.






Coffee & Milk



Complementary | Print & Sculpture | 2000


Sergei Isupov Artist Portrait, 2021, Photo Credit: John Polak

Estonian-American, b. 1963 Stavropole, USSR,
lives and works between Cummington, MA, USA and Tallinn, Estonia

Sergei Isupov is an Estonian-American sculptor internationally known for his highly detailed, narrative works. Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal sculptures with a complex artistic vocabulary that combines two- and three-dimensional narratives and animal/human hybrids. He works in ceramics using traditional hand-building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using colored stains highlighted with clear glaze.

Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum Angewandte in Kunst, Germany, and in the US at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Everson Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Fine Arts–Boston, Museum of Fine Arts–Houston, Mint Museum of Art, and Racine Art Museum. In 2017, his solo exhibition at The Erie Art Museum presented selected works in a 20-year career survey titled Hidden Messages, followed by Surreal Promenade e, another survey solo in 2019 at the Russian Museum of Art in Minnesota.

“Coffee and Milk”, 2020, porcelain, slip, glaze, 59.5 x 26 x 16″.


Often called an erotic Surrealist for his daring representations of sexuality, relationships, and human encounter, Isupov takes narrative subject matter and merges it with ceramic sculptural form. Drawing on personal experience, and human observation, he creates works that integrate autobiography with universal narrative.

He states, “Everything that surrounds and excites me is automatically processed and transformed into…an artwork. […] The essence of my work is not in the medium or the creative process, but in the human beings and their incredible diversity. When I think of myself and my works, I’m not sure I create them, perhaps they create me.”

While the robust, and racially distinct facial traits make each sculpture unique, they also make the body of work capable of representing universal experiences. The bold color palette, heavily tattooed faces, and textured surfaces relate these works to the aesthetics of traditional Russian art, as well as to contemporary styles of illustration.

“My work portrays characters placed in situations that are drawn from my imagination but based on my life experiences.  My art works capture a composite of fleeting moments, hand gestures, eye movements that follow and reveal the sentiments expressed.  These details are all derived from actual observations but are gathered or collected over my lifetime.  Through the drawn images and sculpted forms, I capture faces, body types and use symbolic elements to compose, in the same way as you might create a collage.  These ideas drift and migrate throughout my work without direct regard to specific individuals, chronology or geography.  Universalism is implied and personal interpretation expected.   Through my work I get to report about and explore human encounters, comment on the relationships between man and woman, and eventually their sexual union that leads to the final outcome – the passing on of DNA which is the ultimate collection – a combined set of genes and a new life, represented in the child.”



Sergei Isupov, "Cafe In The City"

Sergei Isupov, ?Cafe In The City?

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Sergei Isupov, "Neighbor"

Sergei Isupov, ?Neighbor?

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Sergei Isupov, "You Are Mine, I Am Yours"

Sergei Isupov, ?You Are Mine, I Am Yours?

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Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov at RAM

Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov at RAM



About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

About Face: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture




EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, & Nudes

EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, & Nudes



We are pleased to be launching a new series of digital workshops
through Project Art, with Sergei Isupov.

Workshop dates and more information can be found on


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