Aleksandr Volkov

Aleksandr Volkov

About the Artist

Aleksandr Volkov was born in Tashkent in 1964. Later the family moved to Leningrad.

Education:

Aleksandr tries to pass the entrance exams to Serov art college, but fails, and that's when his art education stops. He graduates from the College of marine instrument , followed by the army and the work that quickly... Read More

Aleksandr Volkov

Aleksandr Volkov was born in Tashkent in 1964. Later the family moved to Leningrad.

Education:

Aleksandr tries to pass the entrance exams to Serov art college, but fails, and that's when his art education stops. He graduates from the College of marine instrument , followed by the army and the work that quickly bores him .

And he begins to paint , sell them on the Nevsky Prospekt in Ekaterinenskiy garden. Then Volkov enters the "Association of Free Artists ," which arises at the library named after Alexander Blok on Nevsky Prospect, 20 . This moment of the artist's social status' acquisition is considered by Volkov as a very important one in his creative biography .

Volkov says that Matisse and Van Gogh, as well as Chinese painting and Japanese woodblock prints "Ukiyo-e", influenced the formation of his manner of painting. Masters of modernism taught him the generalization of form and spontaneity in an appeal to modern life.

Volkov's semi-abstract painting is built on contrasts of bright saturated spots and gray or green background. The artist likes to portray the city, its everyday life, cars and residents. He has a special vision of the city: the austere beauty of the architecture of the central part of Saint-Petersburg is balanced in his work with the bustle of traffic, with a network of wires in the narrow lumen of the city sky and bright splashes of traffic lights and signs.

According to the artist, there should be nothing unnecessary and nothing of minor importance in the art-works, and each piece of canvas should be run as a standalone picture.

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:

2012 Man and Woman, IFA Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2011 Breakfast for Spaceman, personal exhibition, Mart Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2009 Two Spaces, personal exhibition, Guild of Masters, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2008 Verona through the eyes of foreigners, Villa Francescatti, Verona, Italy

2007 Dialogs, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2004 Live Environment, personal exhibition, Guild of Masters, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2003 Window on Europe. View from Petersburg, International ART-salon, Central Artist's House, Moscow, Russia

2001 TWO WEEKS in Mayfair, Mayfair Gallery, London, UK

2000 St.Peterburg Effekt, gallery "Bloxham fine Arts", London, UK

2000 Тhе 1Y3K, gallery "Luke & A Gallery", London, UK

2000 All Petersburg – 99, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1999 Last Fall, Fedor Dostoevsky Literature and Memorial Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1999 Cross-roads, personal exhibition, gallery "Nevsky 20", Saint Petersburg, Russia

1998 The 10th anniversary of Artists Union, gallery "Nevsky 20", Saint Petersburg, Russia

1993 Rainy Season, personal exhibition, Exhibition Hall of Moscow district, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1992 Pararealism, the Russian Museum of Ethnography, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1991 City, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Selected Public and Private Collections:

Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia; the Blagodatovs collection, Russia

Private collections in Denmark, Holland, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Canada, UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, Russia.

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Artwork

Behoop For You

Behoop For You

Dialogue With Insentient Substance

Dialogue With Insentient Substance

Baltic Railway Station

Baltic Railway Station

The White Bell-Tower

The White Bell-Tower

Domes and a Bus

Domes and a Bus

Gorokhovaya Street

Gorokhovaya Street

On the other bank

On the other bank

White Bus

White Bus

Castle

Castle

Puddle

Puddle

Blue Bridge

Blue Bridge

Circus

Circus