CV: Artist statement and Biography

Born in 1978 in Minsk, Belarus, his mother’s family rooted in Vitebsk, Alex Kuznetsov was attracted to painting from early childhood years. He became a graphic designer, then discovered spray paint in 1997; thus, he began his journey in the world of street art. Signed with the nicknames of Liquid, Ners, Awek, Temos and Monk, his tags soon became well-known all over post-Soviet territories and Europe. On a visit to a Hong Kong commercial gallery in 2010, an enormous bright-red canvas captivated his imagination and impressed Alex with the power of pure colour. Later in the same year, news of the Moscow metro bombing caught Alex on his balcony, staring at five canvases that a friend had left behind. Alex unpacked his sprays and started exploring a new direction. He never stopped. 

 

Alex Kuznetsov collaborates extensively with publications, brands and private institutions such as Vogue, AD Magazine, Absolut, Tumi, Adidas and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. His solo exhibitions were held in Lida Historical and Art Museum, National Palace of Art and National Center for Contemporary Arts of the Republic of Belarus, Triumph Gallery, Museum of Moscow, MSK Eastside Gallery, Speerstra Gallery in Switzerland and France, Mirus Gallery in San Francisco, USA. His work has been shown and collected worldwide, including in New York, San Francisco, London, Seoul, Hong Kong, Brussels, Geneva, Paris, Monaco, Barcelona, Vienna.

 

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1978
Born in Minsk, Belarus

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

Upcoming in 2022

show @ Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France

 

2021

Another Output @ Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2021

2020
Horizons / Ground Line @ National Centre of Contemporary Art state museum, Minsk, Belarus

2019
Horizons @ DK Gallery, Minsk, Belarus

2018
Liaigre Show @ 5th Avenue Atelier, Moscow, Russia
Variations @ Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland

2016
Shift @ MSK Eastside Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2015
Visual Attractions @ Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland
Reflections @ Charisma Art Space, Moscow, Russia
Black @ 3.14 Project Space, Moscow, Russia

2014
Metalism @ MSK Eastside Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2013
Abstractism @ Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland
Abstract Spray Painting @ Montana Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

Actual:

Paper Works @ Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France

 

Upcoming in 2022:

Abstract Now @ James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NL-Canada

Memento Mori @ Desván Blanco, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

 

2022

Public Art @ Belyaevo Gallery, Moscow, Russia

 

2021

House NR.6 @ MIIT, Moscow, Russia

Moscow – Seoul: Common Ideas @ Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Pioneers @ Lida Historical and Art Museum, Belarus

2020

Group show @ Lida Historical and Art Museum, Belarus

“The 101” @ Adda Sarto Gallery, Paris, France

Nothing Box @ Basmanny Dvor, MoscowRussia
2019

Exposición cajita/libro objeto @ Desván Blanco, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Border @ National Palace of Art, Minsk, Belarus

2018
Camino Hacia Oriente @ La Recova art center, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

2017
UPAW @ Prince Albert II of Monaco foundation, Monaco
Mirus Gallery Anniversary @ Mirus Gallery, San Francisco

2015
New Wave Uncut @ MSK Eastside Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Urbanism @ Museum Moscow, Moscow, Russia

2014
A Major Minority @ 1AMSF Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2013
ST.Art 2013 European contemporary art fair, Strasbourg, France

Summer Group Show @ Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland

2008
Paint Methods, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Just Write My Name, Saint-Petersbourg, Russia

2007
Write 4 Gold, Chemnitz, Germany 
Write 4 Gold, Moscow, Russia
Write 4 Gold, Warsaw, Poland
Graffiti Art group show @ Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow, Russia

2006
Street Art group show @ The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Write 4 Gold, Warsaw, Poland
Meeting of Styles intl., Chemnitz, Germany
Meeting of Styles intl., Lyon, France

2005
Meeting of Styles Minsk, Belarus

2004
Vodka & Fish Tail @ National Palace of Art, Minsk, Belarus
Meeting of Styles Gomel, Belarus

2003
Realization @Extreme center, Moscow, Russia
Meeting of Styles Gomel, Belarus
Kofemolka, Cheboksary, Russia

2002
Meeting of Styles intl., Anwerpen, Belgium
Meeting of Styles intl., Almere / Amsterdam, Netherland
Meeting of Styles intl., Lodz, Poland


1999
Graffiti 2000, Moscow, Russia

 

ART FAIRS

 

2021
Cosmoscow Art Fair, Moscow, Russia

Vienacontemporary, Vienna, Austria
Russian Antique Salon, Moscow

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Planning in 2022:

@ Pouch Cove Foundation, Canada

2014
Distil Ennui Studio, London, UK

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2020

GUM Redline / Artiq.art / Dostyp.project, Moscow Russia

SVBD.me Interactive Festival / Speaker / Moscow Russia

2015
British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow, Russia

 

COLLABORATIONS

 

2020

Vogue magazine, June 2020 / Editorial project, Moscow, Russia  

2017
TUMI / Artist Suitcase, Monaco

2015
Idroom Project / Artist Room @ Windsor Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland

2014
Absolut Artist Collaboration for Museum Moscow, Russia
Adidas X Sole Soul, Museum Moscow, Russia

2006
Nike X Faces & Laces, Moscow, Russia

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Bridgeman Studio Award, shortlist, 2019
Write 4 Gold Russia, Winner, 2006

 

BOOKS & MAGAZINES

LE MILE magazine, October 2021

AD Architectural Digest, Dec-Jan 2018/2019, March 2020, March 2021
Elle Decoration, Nov 2018

"Mural Art 1", the Book, Publikat, Germany
"27 Addicts" the Book (Boris Schmelter), Munich, Germany
"Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents" the Book (Nicolas Ganz), Germany
Flofferz Magazine, Summer 2014
Dandylab Magazine, 2009
Molotok Magazine, 2003
"True Stilo" magazine, 2001

 

KEY PROJECTS AND EVENTS

2012
Standart project, Moscow, Russia

2007
Ilovegraffiti project, Moscow, Russia
True Playerz design studio, Minsk, Belarus

2006
King Ring music label, art direction, Kiev, Ukraine

2005
27 Addicts: Graffiti & Design Experiments by Boris Schmelter, Minsk, Belarus
Meeting of Styles Intl., Minsk, Belarus

2004
Meeting of Styles Intl., Gomel, Belarus 

2003
Kofemolka (jury, graffiti contest), Cheboksary, Russia
Meeting of Styles Intl., Gomel, Belarus

2001
True Stilo graffiti magazine, founder

  • Artist Statement

    Following a lifelong passion for art, a renowned figure in the graffiti world, Moscow-based abstract artist Alex Kuznetsov creates his artworks across different mediums, including paintings, works on paper and prints. His energetic abstractions are awash with swipes of bold colours: blacks and whites, reds, blues and pinks. Colour fascinates Kuznetsov, bringing him to a state of meditative flux, where the process is as necessary as a result. Engaging with the vibrations of colour, Kuznetsov amplifies them with the power of movement and fully gives himself to an artwork.

     

    One is tempted to search for a familiar shape in an abstract painting. Vaguely resembling urban imagery – outlines of futuristic cars, contours of helmets, horizon lines with skyscrapers’ spikes – Kuznetsov’s shapes and colours flow, move and intertwine within the space of a canvas. However, the material and medium gain independence in abstract work, becoming subject matter in its equal right. Departing from Gerhard Richter’s expressive superpositions of painting, Barnett Newman’s colour fields and Pierre Soulages’s Outrenoir, Kuznetsov creates a unique body of work, which strikes the viewer with its inner energy. Applying acrylics with giant aluminium rulers, the artist is conscious of his movements: a mechanical gesture, a power of pressure becomes aggravated with meaning. Kuznetsov’s process-led abstract painting practice employs a tempered gestural language where fluidity is a defining material concern, and the process of erasure has equal importance to the intuitive application of paint. The artist examines states of presence and remembrance by exploring a tension between control and eventuality.

     

    Painting for Kuznetsov is a constant quest for perfection and reflects his desire to organize the world according to an innate sense of harmony. Kuznetsov does not provide narratives for his abstractions: instead, he sublimates his visions, bringing them to the canvas for the eventual viewer to decipher and identify with. The essence of Kuznetsov’s motivation is best described by Sigmund Freud’s in Formulations of the Two Principles of Mental Functioning (1911), “An artist is originally a man who turns out from reality because he cannot come to terms with the renunciation of instinctual satisfaction which it at first demands. [...] He finds his way back to reality, however, from this world of phantasy by making use of special gifts to mould his phantasies into truths of a new kind, which men value as precious reflections of reality.” (Freud, 1975, SE, XII: 224).  

  • “Artists who have nurtured the interaction with the creative energy present in the nature of street art, hold much potential to transpire their work into the field of fine art.”

    — Widewalls.ch

    “With a history in graffiti, it is easy to see the rhythm with which he applies the paint be a focal part of the painting, but it goes deeper than just movement. Alex is able to effectively use the medium of paint to capture a myriad of elements that the artist would rather not define as representing any image.”— Graffuturism.com