Vyacheslav “Slava” Osinski was born in 1978 in the USSR (Ukraine). There he studied art and learned the techniques of drawing and linocut.
In 1993 he began to study architecture.
In 1995 Vyacheslav emigrated with his family as a quota refugee to Germany. As a result, he was forced to quit his studies.
In Germany (Lübeck), he came to a camp together with other repatriates. There he encountered aggressive rejection and was plunged into an atmosphere of hostility.
1998. Due to his poor state of health, he developed problems with hearing loss during this time that became progressively worse.
2003 Vyacheslav moved to Berlin independently.
Between 2004-2007 he studied printmaking at the vocational school for people with disabilities “BBW Potsdam”. During the apprenticeship he worked in an offset printing company, then two years in a design studio as an advertising manufacturer. Alongside this, he painted continuously. Due to his hearing loss, he was forced to stop working in the production factory and the team.
In 2009 he registered as an individual entrepreneur.
In 2010 he met the German minimalist Stefan Müller in Berlin. Soon this acquaintance transformed into a friendship. Vyacheslav began to deal with the problems of contemporary art.
In 2011 he started his own creative path.
Since 2011 he has been active as a street artist and defines his credo as a self-taught adventurer, who opens up new possibilities and visual techniques. Vyacheslav’s first stencil pieces on Berlin streets appeared under the pseudonym “Ostap” (Ostapchenko).
2013 Ostap became a resident at the Urban Spree Gallery (Berlin) and got his first studio. In the following two years, he was able to realize his ideas there. During this time, Ostap produced several series in the urban space:
“Spree Can”, 2013-2018; “Spreeywald Underground”, 2013-2018; “Welcome”, 2014,
“FAQlove”, 2013-2015; “Indulgence (Icon 2.0)” 2013-2014.
2015. To be able to participate in legal projects, the artist invented a new “brand”: The Selfmadecrew. Over the next three years, he and his new crew took part in several exhibitions and commissioned projects.
Artist residency at Urban Spree Gallery Berlin (Until 2014).
About Selfmadecrew profile on the Urban Nation Museum website: Link.
About Ostap profile on the Urban Nation Museum website: Link.
My name is Slava Osinski and I am a Berlin-based tape and graffiti artist. In the last few years, I was busy with tape art (art made from adhesive tape). Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional paintings, art objects, and installations. For my art out of adhesive tape, I mainly use two types of tapes: colored duct tape (GAFFA, fabric) or packing tape. Often I use other forms of urban art – for example, street art like stencils and graffiti. With that, I also explore the shoals of this kind of street art.
I let myself be inspired by places and spaces and try to create something new through every image, every installation. Many of my works combine with social, political, social, and religious issues. Nevertheless, I never try to make my work seem heavy or painful – they often radiate mischievous humor, are ironic, sarcastic, and satirical. Among other things, I also accept commissioned projects, offered tape art, and graffiti workshops.
That excites me on the tape
The ideas materialized with tape are, in my opinion, always fresh and seem unexpected. The tape gives the old man a new form, which awakens undisputed interest in the viewer. This allows me the inner meaning of the work to present the hidden address to my contemporaries usually quickly and accurately. Apart from that, I would like to remind people of the long-forgotten or draw attention to what is acute nowadays.
Is it art — or can I chuck it?
As a tape artist, I try to stay innovative and rich in ideas. I try to create art where nobody would expect it: at windows, in huge halls, on streets, or in parks. The result is simply breathtaking and unique. But why just adhesive strips? Why not classical graffiti, which he also well mastered?
“Art from Adhesive tape is at the start of its development and has not yet been contaminated by stereotypes. This technique, therefore, offers a wide field for action, experiments are very welcome, and that is close to my heart. “- says Ostap in an interview. In addition, there are many different varieties of tape, you can keep them well and do not bleach.”
With adhesive strips, you can easily and effectively realize your vision. There are no limits to creativity. And if the whole thing no longer pleases, it can be removed easily and without residue.