The artist confronts our comfort zone by holding up a mirror and depicting those moments of inner conflict.

Recalling the noir visuals, the artist intentionally revives the movie’s metaphor:’ we need to push through the walls we put around ourselves to feel pain for the first time’, referencing the movie’s aim at a wake up call: we need to shake ourselves free from the muddy swamp of consumerism, which slowly and un-noticed pulls us down into its abyss of emptiness and shallowness.

Gobotoru was born Anton Novozhilov in 1979 in Estonia and since the age 7 has felt a special attraction towards the inner world. His works have been exhibited in Russia, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong and Sweden.

Awards and Nominations

2004     EFK (Estonian Photography Artists’ Associations)- the best digital photoghraphy

2004     Narva’s autumn photocontest – for contributions to creative photography

2004     TFK Tallinn photoclub

2005     Narva’s autumn photocontest – the best computer processing

2006    Pentax portrait contest (Estonia)- V place

2006     EFK (Estonian Photography Artists’ Associations) -the best white and black photography

2007     EFK (Estonian Photography Artists’ Associations) – III place

2007     Estonia nature photography contest. Gran Prix,  1st place at nomination “Human and nature”, The Winner of internet vote selection

2007     Narva’s autumn photocontest – Gran Prix

2008     EFK (Estonian Photography Artists’ Associations) – I place

2008    Estonia nature photography contest. 3rf place at nomination “Human and nature”

2011     Narva’s autumn photocontest – the best single photo

2012     Pentax portrait contest – II place

2013     Nikon Photo Contest 2012 – 2013, Winner/Category A  III place

2016     Narva’s autumn photocontest – Gran Prix

2016     Pentax portrait contest – I place

Solo and Group Exhibitions

various EFK anf TFK Group Exhibitions

2006    Rostov na Donu, Russia. Art-festival photo exhibition “Others: Aliens”

2008    Moscow, Vinzavod gallery. Fashion design

2009     Photo museum „Lee“ – Solo exhibition

2013     Helsinki, Finland. Gallery Kadieff photo exhibition “Gobotoru”

2013     Hong Kong. Valais II “Alone”

2014     Hong Kong. Asia Contemporary Art Fair

2015     Hong Kong. Toof contemporary Gallery. Gobotoru’s world

2015    Stockholm. Affordable Art Fair exhibition

2016    Hong Kong. Asia Contemporary Art Fair

2016    Stockholm. Affordable Art Fair exhibition

Publication and interview

2007    PhotoLoft “Life review” part 1.

2008    PhotoLoft “Life review”  part 3. *As in the dream“

2007    Estonian nature photography annual book

2009   Estonian nature photography annual book

2012   Lõbusad objektiivd – radio interview for 35mm.ee

2013   POSITIIV photography magazine – cover and interview