*born in 1986 in Minsk, Belarus.

He graduated in 2008 with honors from the Belarus State University, specializing in Mathematics.

Since starting to work in Fine Arts photography in 2009 Shlyk has had solo exhibitions in Belarus (Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk), Russia (Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, Moscow and Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, Saint-Petersburg), China (Duloun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai) and participated in several international photo festivals (Breda Photo 2016 in Netherlands, Format 2017 in Derby and Belfast Photo Festival the UK). In 2017 his work was shortlisted for Prix Levallois, Shlyk became a laureate of Carte Blanche at Paris Photo and won ArtContest prize together with Ben Van den Berghe. 

Today he lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.


Upcoming Exhibitions

  • 2018

'The Appleseed Necklace', Photo Phnom Penh

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018

'31 days of .tiff', FOMU Antwerp (group)

'One thing I can tell you is you got to be free', KASKA Master graduation group exhibition hosted by FOMU Antwerp

'Agua del día', Bâtiment Vanderborght, Brussels

'Private Eden', Art Brussels, VIP Lounge

'Independence Day', Chongqing Art Museum, China (group)

'Agua del día', El Quinto Piso, Mexico City (group)

  • 2017

Art Contest, Bâtiment Vanderborght, Brussels (winner)

'The Plastic Number' – Book launch, CASSTL, Antwerp (duo)

.tiff, group exhibition, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

'The Plastic Number', exhibition with Ben Van den Berghe,  KRIEG, Hasselt, Belgium (duo)

'Making Do', Belfast Photo Festival, UK (laureate)

'The Appleseed Necklace', FORMAT 2017 International Photography Festival, Derby, UK  (laureate)

'The Appleseed Necklace', Extra City: One Night Only, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)

  • 2016

BredaPhoto International Festival 2016, Breda, the Netherlands

'Lost Stories', Museum Mayer van den Bergh (group)

  • 2015

‘Brain Fashion’, Parallel programme of “Fashion and Style in Photography Festival", 11-12 Gallery, Moscow, Russia (solo)

  • 2014

‘Instagram’, Group International Exhibition for the use of mobile technology in photography “Transition“, Y Gallery, Minsk, Belarus

‘Reconstruction #1’ Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk, Belarus (solo)

‘Brain Fashion’, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (solo)

  • 2013

‘Brain Fashion’, Shanghai Moganshan Museum of Art, Shanghai, China (solo)

  • 2012

‘Reconstruction #1’, Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, Moscow, Russia (solo)

‘Brain Fashion’, Duloun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (solo)


  • 2018

Shortlist, PHMuseum Grant
Participant, Plat(t)form 2018 at Fotomuseum Winterthur

Laureate, FotoForum Talent 2018, Brasschaat

  • 2017

Winner, Emerging Talents Awards 2017, LensCulture

Winner, ArtContest 2017

Laureate, Paris Photo Carte Blanche Students

Short-listed, PRIX Levallois

Finalist, Emerging Photographer Fund 2017, BURN Magazine

Nominee, Photography Grant 2017

Runner up, BJP Breakthrough Awards, Graduate Series category 

Finalist, FestFoto Brazil 2017 Open Call, Portfolio category

Finalist, PRAFOTA Award, Art category 

Bronze, Moscow International Photo Awards

Honorable Mention, Prix de la Photographie Paris

  • 2016

Finalist, Renaissance Photography Prize 2016, Single image

Honorable Mention, International Photography Award, in category People : Lifestyle, Student

Winner, Bachelor 3 Award, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (KOMASK)

Honorable Mention, Tokyo International Foto Awards, undefined category, student

  • 2014

Shortlisted for PRAFOTO award for Belarusian photographers, art photography

  • 2011

Nominated on the Kuryokhin award for “Best curatorial project” within C/A/C Group.


  • 2018

Néon France magazine #65

  • 2017

artpress magazine, November 2017 cover 

Paris Photo catalogue 2017

Fisheye magazine #27

.tiff Magazine, published by Fotomuseum of Antwerpen

The Plastic Number, published by KRIEG

FORMAT International Photography Festival catalogue, published by QUAD/FORMAT 

British Journal of Photography, magazine

  • 2016

Renaissance Photography Prize 2016 catalogue

BredaPhoto catalogue, published by Stichting BredaPhoto 


  • 2015 - present time

Masters programme in photography, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerpen, Belgium

  • 2008 

Graduation with Distinction in Mathematics, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus

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