Art Focus Now is an online platform founded by Inna Bazhenova (The Art Newspaper) and Dmitry Aksenov (The Aksenov Family Foundation) and created by an international team of journalists, critics and researchers. Our mission is to provide a well-reported, timely overview of the post-soviet art space to an international audience in English and focus on what is happening now in contemporary art in Eastern Europe, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics; the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Editorial Team


Dmitry Aksenov Inna Bazhenova


Jo Vickery

Deputy Publisher

Maria Savostyanova

Art Director

Vladimir Pavlikov

Deputy Editor

Ekaterina Wagner


Anna Grositskaya

Digital and Distribution Manager

Anna Leven

Director of Art Focus

Christina Sonina

Advisory Board

Dmitry Aksenov

President of the Aksenov Family Foundation, co-founder of Russian Art Focus

Inna Bazhenova

Owner of The Art Newspaper international network, founder of the In Artibus Foundation, co-founder of Russian Art Focus

Anna Somers Cocks

Founder editor of The Art Newspaper, journalist

Nicolas V. Iljine

Advisor to the Director of the State Hermitage

Jean-Hubert Martin

Art historian, heritage conservator and curator

Mikhail Piotrovsky

Director of the State Hermitage

Zelfira Tregulova

Art Historian and Curator. Former Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery (2015–2023)

Richard Wallis

Journalist, the first editor-in-chief of Russian Art Focus


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