Alexander Aksinin

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Alexander Aksinin
Artist Alexander Aksinin 1980.jpg
Born (1949-10-02)October 2, 1949
Lviv, Soviet Union
Died May 3, 1985(1985-05-03) (aged 35)
near Lviv, Ukraine
Nationality  Soviet Union
Education Ukrainian Institute of Printing
Known for Graphics art

Alexander Aksinin (Russian: Александр Дмитриевич Аксинин) was a well-regarded Russian-Ukrainian printmaker and painter. He was born in Lviv, Soviet Union, on October 2, 1949, and died in a plane crash near Lviv on May 3, 1985. His sophisticated etching technique, precision and perfectionist attention to details earned him the sobriquet the “Dürer of Lviv”.[1] Art critics hailed him as “a 20th century Piranesi” for his dramatic and elaborate constructs.[2]

Biography[edit]

Alexander Aksinin was born to military cartographer Dmitriy Aksinin and railroad official Ludmila Aksinina. In 1972 he graduated from the Ukrainian Institute of Printing, where he specialized in Graphics Arts. In 1972–1977 Aksinin worked as an art editor in a publishing house, served in the Soviet army and then worked as an art designer in an industrial design office. Since 1977 he focused entirely on his art, in particular in the fields of printed and drawn graphics.

In 1981 Alexander Aksinin wrote the following brief autobiography for poet V. Krivulin's (Russian) essay, where real and factual events are melded together with metaphysical observations:

In 1949 a Russian-like man was born in a European-like city of Lvov.


Christian Orthodox.
1972 - a diploma of Ukrainian Institute of Print, with specialization on Graphics.
1977 - the 1st revelation with associated sense of time.
1981 - the 2nd revelation with associated sense of eternity.
1979 - the first solo exhibition in Tallinn.
1981 - the second one in Poland.
That's it.

On May 3, 1985, on his way back from Tallinn, Alexander Aksinin died in a plane crash near Zolochev, close to Lviv.

Art[edit]

A. Aksinin made 350 printed graphics (mainly etching), more than 140 unique drawn graphics in mixed techniques (gouache, India ink, color ink), as well as four oil paintings.[3]

Exhibitions[edit]

Since 1974 A. Aksinin graphics have been shown at various solo and group exhibitions worldwide.[4] The artist regularly participated in the International Biennale of Small Graphics Forms in Łódź (Poland), where he was awarded Honorable Medals[5] in 1979 and 1985.

List of Solo Exhibitions

2013

2012

2010

  • Aksinin. Excessus. Gallery Vata, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Alexander Aksinin. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

2009

2008

2006

  • Alexander Aksinin. Day R. Museum of Contemporary Visual Art on Dmitrovskoy, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

2001

  • Alexander Aksinin's Etchings. Gallery Dzyga, Lviv, Ukraine (video)

1992

  • Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

1991

  • Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, Ukraine

1988

  • 66 Etchings of Alexander Aksinin from private collections. Gallery of Graphics and Drawings, Gdynia, Poland; Muzeum Zamkowe, Malbork, Poland

1987

  • Museum of Ukrainian Art, Lviv, Ukraine

1985

  • Gallery In Blanco, Łódź, Poland
  • Art Saloon, Tallinn, Estonia

1984

  • Gallery of Contemporary Soviet Art, Warsaw, Poland

1981

  • January — Gallery Bałucka, Łódź, Poland

1979

  • Estonian State Art Institute, Tallinn, Estonia

Selected sources[edit]

Video materials[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Igor Klekh. Between Escher and Borges: On A. Aksinin's Exhibition in the National Center for Contemporary Art // The Herald of Europe, №30, 2011 (in Russian).
  2. ^ Michael Sokolov. A Free Grandson of the Black Square - On the Art of Alexander Aksinin
  3. ^ The complete gallery of all A. Aksinin's works, along with full catalogues, are presented at the artist's site.
  4. ^ All the artist's solo and group exhibitions are listed at the artist's site.
  5. ^ Miejska Galeria Sztuki (Municipal Art Gallery)

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