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Alexander Kondurov    

Alexander Kondurov is renowned Russian Master with wide international recognition.

Alexander was born in Archangelsk, Russia in 1945. At the age of 17 he moved
to St. Petersburg to study art at the Fine Arts Academy, named after Muchin.

Shortly after, because of the outstanding quality of his work, he was accepted as a member of the Artists Association of the USSR, and pursued his career in painting. Alexander’s works have been exhibited throughout Russia and the Eastern Block countries as well as China, Japan, USA and Europe.
Alexander Kondurov was granted the award of Honored Artist of Russia and is the winner of many significant Awards. He is very well-known among fine art specialists, serious art collectors and general public interested in contemporary art. His works are kept in many national and international Art Museums, including the State Russian Museum.
Kondurov stretched the limits of artistic expression within the system in order to pursue his passion despite the dogmatic artistic guidelines set by the authorities who fostered his career. Albeit under strict censorship as a commissioned artist, Alexander Kondurov was able to exploit the artistic tools available, in order to gain excellent technical skills, while portraying “social realism” (the working man and his productivity).

With the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian artists now enjoy the liberty of creativity previously denied. Kondurov continues to produce exclusive & exciting work inspired by the freedom of being able to to go beyond the previously imposed limits.

The changes in his work are clearly discernible. His earlier paintings convey somber and serious stories filled with longing for freedom which has been suppressed for many years. A courageous use of bright colors (one of the trademarks of western art) dominates his later works. Heavy with symbolism, Kondurov’s paintings are a collage of images, contrasts, and tensions, which compel the viewer to explore the seriousness of the language expressed in this work.

Museums and private estates in Russia, America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland and Switzerland have acquired Alexander Kondurov’s paintings.

His works are in collections:
• The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• Library. V.I. Lenin, Moscow (Russia)
• Ministry of Culture of Russia, Moscow (Russia)
• State Museum of St.Petersburg History (Russia)
• State Museum of Political history, Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
• National Theatre Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia)
• Vologda regional Fine Art Gallery (Russia)
• Museum of National culture, Kazan
• The Museum of Modern Art, Vladivostok (Russia)
• Museum of mineral water, Petrozavodsk (Russia)
• Folklore Museum, Kizi (Russia)
• Poster Museum, Warsaw
• The Museum of Modern Art, Lahti (Finland)
• The National Museum. Ahmed Shawqi, Cairo (Egypt)
• Russian-American Cultural Center, Boston (United States)
• Cristian Hohmann Gallery, (United States)
• Hart Gallery, California, CA (United States)
• Gallerie Hohmann, (Germany)
• Gallerie Dupon, (Germany)

EXHIBITIONS

• 1979 Magazine Edition «Aurora», Leningrad (Russia)
• 1983 House of Creativity, Palanga (Lithuania)
• 1985 House of Creativity, Dzintari (Latvia)
• 1986 Cinema "Artistic", Leningrad (Russia)
• 1987 Artists Union, "Hungarian pastels», Leningrad (Russia)
• 1981 Colorado (USA)
• 1995 Hohmann Gallery, Walsrode (Germany)
• 1982 Vilna (Lithuania)
• 1996 Nevski Palace, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 1983 House of Creativity, Palange (Lithuania)
• 1985 House of Creativity, Lachti (Finland)
• 1985 Grand Prix, Moscow (Russia)
• 1985 Prix Osvenzim (Poland)
• 1987 Osnabruck (Germany)
• 1988 Tokyo (Japan)
• 1989 Manchester (England)
• 1990 Museum of Ethnography, Kouvola (Finland)
• 1991 Cultural Centre, Savonlina (Finland)
• 1992 Brugge (Belgium)
• 1992 Boston (USA)
• 1993 Cultural Center,Savonlina (Finland)
• 1995 Hohmann Gallery, Walsrode (Germany)
• 1996 Nevski Palace, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 1997 International Master Class, Artist Union, St.Petersburg (Russia)
• 1999 Politra Gallery ,St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 1999 Hohmann Gallery, Walsrode (Germany)
• 1999 1st Prize in Graphic Competition “In Honor of Nabokov”
• 1999 International Master Class, St. Petersburg, Museum of Ethnography (Russia)
• 1999 “Erotic 1999”, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 1999 Group Exhibition “The Wall”, Artist Union, St.Petersburg (Russia)
• 1999 1st Prize in Graphic Competition “In Honor of Nabokov”
• 2000 Winter School PIÂF, Repino, St.Petersburg (Russia)
• 2001 Gallery "Art-Collegium", St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2002 Yelagin Palace, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2004 Vologda regional picture gallery, “Melancholic portrait" (Russia)
• 2005 National Museum, Ahmad Shawki. Cairo (Egypt)
• 2005 Grand Hall SPSH, Anniversary Exhibition, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2006 Business center "Petrovsky Fort», St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2006 "Days of culture of St. Petersburg in Nancy", Nancy (France)
• 2006 State Museum of St.Petersburg History, “Rumyantsev Palace”, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2006 House of scientists, "Games in the space of canvas”, St. Petersburg, (Russia)
• 2007 "Days of Stravinsky”. St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia)
• 2007 Great Hall of the Philarmonic Society, "Echoes of Petersburg", St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2008 Café stray dogs, “7 issues for Odyssey”, «Apxe», the first Russian-Greek symposium of contemporary art, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2008 The Museum of Ethnography, «Apxe», within the framework of the International Festival "Master class".
• 2009 Shemyakin Fund, "Secret female gods”. St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2009 Institute of regional press, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2009 Musical theatre "Kohiliâ". Evbia (Greece)
• 2010 Gallery “AK BARS Kazan”, Gallery of Maria Stroganova in Union with B.Lukk, V.Mikhailov, Z.Tsereteli.
• 2010 Gallery GLASS "Slices cultural layer” St. Petersburg (Russia)

Recognition and awards:
• 1985 "Grand Prix" Soviet poster competition, Moscow (Russia)
• 1986 Silver medal Expo Center VDNX, Moscow (Russia)
• 1990 Silver medal Expo Center VDNX, Moscow (Russia)
• 1998 Laureate of graphics named after Nabokov, St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2003 Winner of the International Festival "Master class", the title of "Master"
• 2004 Awarded the diploma of the Academy of Arts of Russia for the monumental painting
• 2006 Winner of the III International Biennial of graphic art in St. Petersburg (Russia)
• 2007 Was awarded the title: “Honored Artist of Russia”

 
   
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