CV: Artist statement and Biography

Alex Kuznetsov is an abstract artist based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Following a lifelong passion for art, a renowned figure in the graffiti world, 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.


Born in 1978 in Minsk, 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. Alex got back to his studio and started exploring a new direction – Abstract painting. 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 of Contemporary Arts in Belarus, Triumph Gallery, 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.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

Upcoming:


09-11-2022 till 30-12-2022
The Fear of the Fog @ Woldt Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

03-2023
Landscape @ Speerstra Gallery, Paris, France

 

2022

Closed Doors @ DK Gallery, Minsk

2021

Another Output @ Triumph Gallery, Moscow

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

2019
Horizons @ DK Gallery, Minsk

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

2016
Shift @ MSK Eastside Gallery, Moscow

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

2014
Metalism @ MSK Eastside Gallery, Moscow

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

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2022

Paper Works @ Speerstra Gallery, Paris
Public Art @ Belyaevo Gallery, Moscow

2021

House NR.6 @ MIIT, Moscow

Moscow – Seoul: Common Ideas @ Museum of Moscow

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, Moscow
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
Urbanism @ Museum Moscow, Moscow

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
Just Write My Name, Saint-Petersbourg

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
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
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

 

ART FAIRS

 

2021
Cosmoscow Art Fair

Vienacontemporary, Vienna
Russian Antique Salon

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

2014

Distil Ennui Studio, London

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2020

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

SVBD.me Interactive Festival / Speaker / Moscow

2015
British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow

 

COLLABORATIONS

 

2020

Vogue magazine, June 2020 / Editorial project, Moscow  

2017
TUMI / Artist Suitcase, Monaco

2015
Idroom Project / Artist Room @ Windsor Hotel, Geneva

2014
Absolut Artist Collaboration for Museum Moscow
Adidas X Sole Soul

2006
Nike X Faces & Laces, Moscow

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

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

 

BOOKS & MAGAZINES

BL8D Volume 01, Italy
LE MILE magazine, October 2021, Germany

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

2007
Ilovegraffiti project
True Playerz design studio

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

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

2004
Meeting of Styles Intl., Gomel, Belarus 

2003
Kofemolka (jury, graffiti contest), Cheboksary
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