(Russian, b. 1954)
Born in Moscow, Alexander Khomsky started to paint at an early age, first taking art classes where he painted mostly from nature in watercolor, and later studying under the most famous art professors in the capital city. He is a graduate of Russia’s world-renowned Stroganoff Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts (Moscow) from which he received a MFA.
After the completion of his formal training, Alex worked as an Interior Designer and Mural Artist for decorative art shops of the Russian Federation Art Fund, continuing to master his technique. He developed an interest in modern contemporary art and was accepted in the prestigious Union of Graphic Artists, an alternative organization which supported new art, as well as vanguard and underground artists, whose work was more difficult to promote during communist-era Russia. Through the Union, Alex had the opportunity to show his work in the West at shows sponsored by a variety of art institutions and galleries in Moscow and around Europe.
In 1989 his work was included in a very important show of Russian avant-garde artists in Bonn, Germany called Bonn-Moscow: Russian Vanguard Art. The work shown represented the most important Russian vanguard artists, including Krasnopevtsev, Zverev and Nemuhin. The show, organized in conjunction with the first visit of Russian President Mikhael Gorbachev to Germany, was widely acclaimed in the German press and attended by top German officials including Chancellor Helmut Kholl.
It was at this point that Alex’s career as an international artist took off. The following year he was presented with his first solo show at the Gallery Doll in Kotzting, Germany. At that time, he also started to be represented by the International Gallery Reich in Cologne, Germany.
Seeking more artistic freedom, Alex moved to the US in the 1990’s. He currently resides in Arlington, MA.