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Alexander Zakharov

Born in Moscow and currently working in Moscow and Berlin, the Russian master of miniature, painter Alexander Zakharov translates his imagination on to canvas. Through the medium of painting, Zakharov developed his own language which speaks of fantasy and nature, blending surrealism into the physical world, with playful imagery and fragments of playful subject matters.

Zakharov reminisces the childhood experiences, where we fantasize our surroundings, where the sky is the limit. He expresses that “I believe that in every one of us lives a child, and my paintings are about what that child loves and accepts. In my works, I talk to him in the language he and I can understand. Even the size of my works - it’s memories of childhood, where all the important things in life can fit in a pocket or under a pillow, so that you don’t have to part with them even for a minute.”


Many of Zakharov’s pieces are displayed in major public and private collections, including Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, the Portland Museum of Arts and New York Public Library. His collector list includes many celebrities such as Nicolas Cage, Whoopi Goldberg, David Bowie, Oliver Stone and many more.


“I invite you, my viewers, to take a step into the world of childhood dreams and living toys, so that a little me can meet a childhood you, and, as peers, we will continue the journey together,” says Zakharov.

 

Biography


1960 Born in Moscow
1976-1980 Attended College of Art, Moscow
1982 Admitted as Member of Youth Department of Artists Union, Moscow
Member of "Center", Moscow
Member of "88", Moscow
Member of RAAG, Moscow
1994 Artist in Residence, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia
1997Member of The Print Club of New York


Museum and Public Collections


C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, Jersey City, New Jersey
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
United Nations, Russian Club, New York
New York Public Library, New York, New York
Museum of Imagination, Hudson, New York
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina
The Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Portland Museum of Art, Oregon
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
The State Pushkin Museum, Moscow
Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, Highland Park, New Jersey;
Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, Novgorod, Russia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Grants & Awards
Grant: Pollack Krasner Foundation, New York, New York, 1991
Artist in Residence: Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1996
First Prize: Society of Illustrators, New York, New York, 1997

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014
„ Innovative Humour", AP Contemporary, Hong Kong
„Beauty of the beast', Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
„The Hunt“, Ruarts Gallery, Moscow
2013
“Mini Tales. Comeback to Hong Kong", AP Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012
“Karik & Valia” , “Triumph”,Moscow
2010
Toyzz, “Eritage”, Moscow
2009
Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
2008
Painting & Photography, Ru Arts Gallery, Moscow
2007
Paintings and Watercolors, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
Reflection of Reality, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jersey City, New Jersey
2006
Etchings, Drawings, Paintings…1996 – 2006, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
2005
Ru Art Gallery, Moscow
2003
New World, United Nations, New York
Big, Little World, Art Gallery Dacha Zhukovka, Moscow
2002
My Mind’s Eye, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
2001
Sentimental Travel, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
1999
Sky, Earth, Water, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
1997
Under the Magnifying Glass, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
1995
New York Scenes, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
1994
Origins of Man, Schoeni Gallery, Hong Kong
1990
Stuart Levy Gallery, New York
1989
Gallery Blanche, Stockholm, Swedwn
Gallery Pelin, Helsinky, Finland


Selected Group Exhibitions


2014
This Leads to Fire : Russian Art from Non-Conformism to Global Capitalism.
Selections from the Kolodzey Art Foundation, Neuberger Museum of Art,
Purchase College, Purchase, NY
Art Southampton, Southampton, New York
“Mushrooms”, RuArts, Moscow
2013
Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011
The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) , Minneapolis
Red Dot Miami Art Fair, AP Contemporary, Miami
Russian Berlin, within the framework of festival “ White Nights in Perm”,
Perm, Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm
2012
Art Moscow, RuArts Gallery, Moscow
Full Spektrum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2011
"Polemically Small", Oleg Tolstoy’s Gallery, London/ Charlie Smith,
London/Werkstattgalerie,Berlin/Garboushian Gallery,Los Angeles.
Concerning the Spiritual Tradition in Russian Art, Selection from The Kolodzey
Art Foundation Collection, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Moscow Grafika, The Kolodzey Art Foundation, New Jersey
2010
“The Sky in Art”,Russian State Museum St.Peterburg
2009
“Komet Preuzen”, Werkstatt Gallery, Berlin
2008
“Playground”,Sculpture, painting, photography, Ru Arts Gallery, Moscow
Moscow Art Show, Moscow, Ru Arts Gallery
Miami Basel, Miami, Ru Arts Galery
Bridge Art Exhibition, London, Ru Arts Galery
2007
Moscow Art Show, Moscow, Ru Arts Gallery
Art expo, Taipei, China, Khankhalayev Art Gallery
2006
Khankhalaev Art Gallery, Moscow
Moscow Art Show, Ru Art Gallery, Moscow Art Cafe Gallery, Moscow
2004
Portraits, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
“pen, ink”, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
2003
Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York
2002
New York City Workshop Exhibition, New York Students Art League, New York
2001
Sentimental Travel, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
1999
Nudes, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
Animals in Art, Boston Center for the Arts, Massachusetts
1997
International Print Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, Oregon
International Miniature Print Exhibition, Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk,
Connecticut
International Print Show, Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York
Celebrating the Still Life, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
1996
Scratch, Thread Waxing Space, New York
The Sciences: A Cultural Context, New York Academy of Sciences, New York,
Binghamton
University Art Museum, New York
1994
Ideal Landscapes, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California
Ascending Angels, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, New York
1993
Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York
Homosexual Ideology, Russian American Art Collective, New York
8+8, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Old Symbols, New Icons in Russian Contemporary Art, Stuart Levy Gallery, New York
1992
Expectations of a Miracle, Russian Art at Home and Abroad, San Francisco, California
1991
The Russian Bestiaries, Maya Polsky Gallery, Chicago
Soviet Russian Art Exhibition, Granovsky Gallery, Hong Kong
Michael Kizhner Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
1990
The Russian Experiment, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, New York
Art & Artifacts, Golda Meir Association, New York
1989
Russian 20th Century & Avant?Garde Art Auction, Phillips, London
Hauswedel & Nolte Auction, Hamburg
Furmanny Lane, Galerie Peter Novietsky, Warsaw
Galerie Bodenschatz, Basel, Switzerland
Gallery Blanche, Stockholm, Sweden
1988
Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow
Halla Gwardi, Warsaw, Poland
Maison des Juenes, Moscow
The Union of Artists Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
The Armenian Representation Hall, Moscow
1987
New Chamber Art, Arbat Exhibition Hall, Moscow
1986
Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow
1984
Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow


Important Private Collections:


Jillian Anderson
Sir Otto Bismark
Peter Brabeck-Lemathe
Nicholas Cage
Hank Corwin
Jean Deleage
Norton and Nancy Dodge
Deirdre Imus
Whoopi Goldberg
Leslie Glass
Craig Johnson
Anne Hech
Patrick Merrimack
Patrick Mimran
Wolf Schoellkopf
Horst Rechelbacher
Sir Oliver Stone
Sir Harry Wolf
Paul Weitz