Alexey Alpatov

Alexey Alpatov

Alexey Alpatov was born in 1968 in Moscow. He didn’t get professional artistic education, trained painting by himself.

Nature and the city are the main characters in Alexey Alpatov’s paintings, thus is why his favorite genre is the landscape. Despite the fact that the works usually have the features of monochrome cold colors, this beautiful palette, filled the inner glow, forming his unique style. A separate chapter of Alexey Alpatov’s artworks goes with the sea theme, which the artist depicts in various states – from a serene calmness with moored boats on the coast to a night hurricane in the middle of the ocean.
Alexey Alpatov’s painting is disciplined and precise with developed color technique, and it requires cultural reception adequate to the level of its expressive devices. The painting of Alpatov often imitates photographic visuality, more specifically the visuality of contemporary photography employing older methods, and this is especially apparent in the works executed in mixed technique. On a monitor some of his series seem like gum bichromate photography which imitates painting, the blue gray of some of his landscapes can be mistaken for cyanotype, and gray with a shade of gold — for platinotype. His virtuoso handling of material, the shining of canvas or cardboard through the painted surface problematize the media of contemporary figurative image.
Alpatov depicts the most of the urban scenes from the perspective of a driver, not a pedestrian. This technique looks unusual, but it is an inevitable consequence of using the photograph as the background of the picture. The series «Full Headlights» is constructed on this principle. Night country roads, brightly and locally illuminated by car headlights, appear in the image of a mysterious reality, where you are always expected some tricks.
The “Summertime” series looks almost photorealistic in contrast, although it is based on the image of a carefree American idyll: a nostalgic dream about the irrevocably departed past, which is gradually blurred in memory. As a result, there are only sketchy fragments that are partially reliable, but all the gaps are replaced by perfect pictures, which makes the embodied memories more like frames from non-existent, but such beautiful films.
In his latest at the moment series “Empty Episode” Alpatov also started from the principle of photography. In front of the audience, it is no longer just urban landscapes, but missed scenes, which are usually added to films only to give a special atmosphere. They become a full-fledged statement for the artist. Now they are not empty timekeeping filling, but independent blocks, the main characters of the project.
Alexey Alpatov currently lives and works in Moscow.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2021

Empty Scene. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2018

Sky. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2017

Summertime. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

2015

Full Headlights. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2013

Navy Seascape. 11.12 GALLERY, Singapore

 

2012

Storm. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2003

Cutdown. Central House of Artist, Moscow

 

 

 

Selected Group exhibitions

 

2022

New Beautiful Exhibition. Summer. Zaryadye, Moscow

Exhibition of Achievements of Contemporary Artists. GUM-RED-LINE, Moscow

2021
Space Is Ours. Art Story Gallery, Moscow
Out of the Capital’s Borders. Miras Gallery, Ufa

2020

Para Bellum. City Contemporary Art Museum, Vladivostok

 

2019

Stripped Voyage. 11.12 Gallery, Moscow

 

2017

Could It Be Taken From a Tap?! The International Festival of Contemporary Urban Culture “Art-Ovrag”. Museum of History of Metallurgical Plant in Vyksa, Vyksa

 

2016

Actual Russia: Living Environment. The State Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow

 

2015

You Can’t Do That. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

2012

Available Art. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

MIXED MEDIA. Monochrome. 11.12 GALLERY, Moscow

 

1999

Traditions of Russian Painting. Museum Of Water, Lisbon

 

1992

Face, Visage, Appearance. Museum Of Cinema, Moscow

SELECTED Art Fairs

 

2022
Contemporary Art Fair 1703. Saint Petersburg
Contemporary Art Fair Cosmoscow. Moscow

2021
International Contemporary Art Fair Art Central. Hong Kong
International Contemporary Art Fair DA!MOSCOW. Moscow
International Contemporary Art Russia Fair. Moscow
International Contemporary Art Fair Cosmoscow. Moscow

2020
International Contemporary Art Fair Cosmoscow. Moscow
International Contemporary Art Fair Art Russia. Moscow

2019

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Wynwood. Miami

International Contemporary Art Fair Da!Moscow. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Moniker. New York

Russian Antique & Art Fair. Moscow

International Contemporary Art Fair Cosmoscow. Moscow

 

2018

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Wynwood. Miami

International Contemporary Art Fair Cosmoscow. Moscow

Russian Antique & Art Fair. Moscow

 

2017

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art Miami. Miami

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Wynwood. Miami

 

2016

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art Miami. Miami

International Contemporary Art Fair Context Art New York. New York

 

2014

International Contemporary Art Fair Art China. Beijing

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Stage Singapore. Singapore

 

2013

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Stage Singapore. Singapore

International Contemporary Art Fair Scope Miami. Miami

 

2012

International Contemporary Art Fair Art-Moskva. Moscow

 

2010

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Chicago. Chicago

 

2008-2010

International Contemporary Art Fair Art Expo New York. New York

 

2001-2003 and 2006-2010

International Contemporary Art Fair Art-Manezh. Moscow

articles, exhibition reviews, and interviews

 

Alexandr Evangeli. Storm. Alexey Alpatov // Winzavod – 2016

Alexandr Evangeli. Storm // Russian Art – 2015

Alexey Alpatov. Full Headlights // Artguide – 2015

Segei Ivannikov. New Moscow Painting // Topos – 2013

Dmitri Butkevich. The series offer us a theme in development — the birth, growth and completion of the storm // Kommersant – 2012

Author’s works

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