Russian painter Alexei Antonov
The talented Russian painter Alexei Antonov has created a stunning collection of still life paintings that embody hyper realism and classic work of Renaissance masters. Alexei Antonov was born in Russia in 1957. Antonov was literally born an artist, began to draw, as he remembers – since the age of three. The first drawings were made by mom’s lipstick, right on the wallpaper. While at school, he didn’t show much success in subjects, except singing lessons and drawing. In 1972, Alexei Antonov entered the State Art University in Baku, where he was taught painting in all possible genres, except … classic. In 1976 he began working at the Research Institute in Moscow and worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for magazines published by the Agency “News.” Antonov also designed posters for rock bands.
In 1988 the artist visited Italy to study classical paintings in museums and to participate in private art exhibition. In 1989 Alexei Antonov opened Rubens Gallery and participated in numerous exhibitions in Moscow. In 1991 in the era of perestroika, Antonov left Russia for the United States, where he currently resides. Alexei Antonov soaked up knowledge from Renaissance epoch. The artist is inspired by Flemish, German, Dutch, and Italians – Old masters of classical school of painting.