“An Artist is not paid for his labor, but his vision.” James Whistler
Born on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia in 1971, Alexey Alexandrovitch has been painting for as long as he can remember. From his humble beginnings as a pre-schooler painting on the kitchen floor of his parents’ onebedroom apartment, Alexey displayed rare talent with pencils, paints, and brushes.
His father, an artist himself, strived to influence Alexey in the most positive of ways. As often as possible, they would visit the world renowned Pushkin Museum and Tretyakovskaya Gallery in Moscow. Together, they would spend entire Saturdays studying the works of their favorites: DaVinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Repin.
Alexey pursued his dream to become a professional artist by enrolling in the Moscow College of Arts and completing his studies in 1990. The fall of communism and the Soviet Union provided an immediate and liberating influence.
Alexey was now free to explore new colors, new subject matters and styles. The visual impact was explosive!
Anxious to benefit from this new-found freedom, Alexey entered graduate studies at the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in 1991 and completed his diploma with highest honors in 1997.
Alexey describes his style of painting as nostalgic realism. One of his greatest passions is recreating Paris at the turn of the century.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Paris was a beacon for artistic expression, drawing artists from all over the world. In much the same way, Alexey was enamored by the “City of Lights.” He has visited this charming city frequently and continues to research its colorful past, in order to provide genuine authenticity to each of his historic oil paintings.
Alexey’s paintings captivate us with endless mystery and romance in his charming compositions of times gone by. Mood is the essence of his paintings which convey a feeling that one experiences when looking through a family album. There is a quiet familiarity with Parisian streets and Venetian waterways. His paintings provide a feeling of wondrous timelessness, a sense of belonging and comfort into which we can immerse ourselves.
Alexey’s masterful style employs a symmetrical composition with a contrasting definition of various objects. His paintings often appear impressionistic with softened tones, while more frequently they have a hard edge. The combination of these techniques results in a composition that is uniquely his own.
Since 1998 Alexey has been a member of the Moscow Association of Artists, and he is currently a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Moscow National High School of Design.
Alexey’s paintings are collected in Japan, India, Spain, France, Hungary, Germany, Russia, and the United States.