There is no greater mystery to me than the conflict of light and darkness. In the way they clash and penetrate each other, there is the source of everything. Whether I paint a landscape, a still-life or a portrait, within it there is always a story of light traveling through darkness. I aim to evoke powerful emotions that create harmony.
In the early 1970’s I began painting with oils as a high school student in St. Petersburg Russia. I followed this passion during my time in the Physics Department of Leningrad State University. I spent my free time pursuing my art as well as employed as an animator at Leningrad Studio of Science Films and later as a stage artist in a small Leningrad theater.
Although I have spent over forty years working on my craft, I reluctantly refer to myself as a self taught artist. If you want to learn, you will always find someone to learn from; Be they dead or alive, great or unknown. You will learn from everything you see and hear around you – if you are willing to pay attention. Perhaps, during my formative years, I have made a lot of unnecessary mistakes, but at the same time I have had the enormous advantage of picking my own teachers.
While I find inspiration in nature and within my everyday life, I adore discussing the inspirations and passions of my collectors. This is why commissions are so near and dear to my heart. This connection with those who appreciate my work, is a unique and critical relationship.
Amid the wildness of 2020, I turned 60. Prior to approaching this new phase of life, I came to the conclusion it was time to conquer my long time aspiration of becoming a sculptor. I felt as though I was destined for this challenge, and the result, regardless of how it progressed, would be a pivotal point in my career. In July 2020, at Marcus Ashley Gallery, I unveiled my first marble infused polymer clay piece; Eternal Love captures the essence of my evolution as a person, husband and artist.
I am so thankful and blessed to have my wife and business partner Heidi Breyer by my side. Our family of seven, has deeply moved me time and time again.
Note about His Work:
Alexander creates landscape oil paintings, mixed media originals, charcoal drawings and genre paintings. He is available for commissions, portraits and any other subject matter that is inspiring to both collector and himself! Alexander is a self-published artist with his company Alexander Volkov Fine Art which offers a vast portfolio of Limited Editions and Collectors Edition Giclees on Canvas, based on his original works. Alexander Volkov Fine Art LLC prints and varnishes all pieces, and Alexander (himself) embellishes, signs and numbers every piece.