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Born in Moscow, Russia, and immigrating to the United States as a child, Alexandra has had a love and passion for art from an early age. Her first artistic memory was a sculpture class at the age of four, followed soon thereafter with years of private art lessons in various media, including pastel, colored pencils, oils, and acrylics. Oils, which allow for the ultimate combination of realism and fluidity of color, proved to be her favorite.
After attaining a degree in economics, Alexandra worked in finance for several years, before the professional world of art beckoned. She completed a Master of Arts in Art History, focusing on seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. After studying Dutch Masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Pieter Claesz, and Dirck de Bray, she was motivated to pursue a career in painting.
Alexandra is primarily inspired by the beauty of nature. Her tightly rendered flowers show not only a great attention to detail, but also a love for bright color combinations. She believes that works of art should be uplifting and stimulating to the senses, and her dramatic use of light and shadow give her paintings great visual appeal.
“I am continuously inspired and awed by the beauty of nature. In particular, I find flowers and fruit to be visually striking and enticing to view and paint. However, I am drawn to painting still life not only because I find the subject matter beautiful, but also because of how I feel when I paint. As I paint, the luminous petals of flowers or the round drupelets of a raspberry become a semi-hypnotizing pattern that is very calming and soothing. The minimalistic setup adds to these effects. I wish for my paintings to convey a sense of stillness, as if time is suspended within the painting, and hope the viewer experiences the same sense of tranquility in my work.
To further draw the eye in, my paintings are almost always bathed in direct sunlight. The lights and darks, contrasts and shadows, encourage the viewer to linger a bit longer, thus making the work more enticing. From a process perspective, changes often need to be made in order to perfect the design. A petal shape is adjusted here, the color of another adjusted there. As I progress along, up close an abstract pattern begins to emerge. It is only when I stand back that each flower or berry looks complete and whole.”
Partial List of Awards & Publications
2019 Finalist, Still Life Category, 2017 Arcadia Contemporary Award, 2016 Finalist, Still Life Category, 2015 Finalist, Still Life Category, 2014 Finalist, Still Life Category, International Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center
2019 First Place, Still Life/Interior Category, 2017 Finalist, Still Life/Interior Category, 2016 Honorable Mention & Finalist, Still Life Category,The Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition
2018 Honorable Mention, Artistic Excellence Competition, Southwest Art Magazine (Dec. 2018)
2018 Finalist, Challenge No. 105, Still Lifes, 2017 Finalist, Challenge No. 101, Florals & Gardens, 2015 Finalist, Challenge No. 85, Florals & Gardens, International Artist magazine
2016 Merit Award, 26th Annual 'Best of America' Exhibition, National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society
2013 Purchase Prize Award, National 2013 51st Annual Juried Exhibition, Beaumont Art League