October 2, 1949|
Lviv, Soviet Union
|Died||May 3, 1985
near Zolochiv, Ukraine
|Education||Ukrainian Institute of Printing|
|Known for||Graphics art|
Alexander Aksinin was a well-regarded 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”. Art critics hailed him as “a 20th century Piranesi” for his dramatic and elaborate constructs.
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 (in 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.
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.
A. Aksinin made 343 printed graphics including 3 unfinished works (mainly etching), about 200 unique drawn graphics in mixed techniques (gouache, India ink, color ink), as well as four oil paintings.
Since 1974 A. Aksinin graphics have been shown at various solo and group exhibitions worldwide. The artist regularly participated in the International Biennale of Small Graphics Forms in Łódź (Poland), where he was awarded Honorable Medals in 1979 and 1985.
List of Solo Exhibitions
- Poetics of the Absurd, Gallery la Brique, Frankfurt, Germany
- Metagraphics: Alexander Aksinin. Gallery Pionova, Gdansk, Poland
- Aks-Art & Aks-Libris. Exlibris Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
- Aksinin. Excessus. Gallery Vata, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
- Alexander Aksinin. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
- Alexander Aksinin: The Inner Experience. Art Gallery Primus, Lviv, Ukraine
- Aksinin: Eternal Books - Visual Images. Exhibition Hall of Don State Public Library, Rostov-on-Don, Russia (video)
- Time-Space-Eternity. The State Museum of A.Pushkin, Moscow, Russia (Video on YouTube)
- Alexander Aksinin. Day R. Museum of Contemporary Visual Art on Dmitrovskoy, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
- Alexander Aksinin's Etchings. Gallery Dzyga, Lviv, Ukraine (video)
- Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
- Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, Ukraine
- 66 Etchings of Alexander Aksinin from private collections. Gallery of Graphics and Drawings, Gdynia, Poland; Muzeum Zamkowe, Malbork, Poland
- Museum of Ukrainian Art, Lviv, Ukraine
- Gallery In Blanco, Łódź, Poland
- Art Saloon, Tallinn, Estonia
- Gallery of Contemporary Soviet Art, Warsaw, Poland
- January — Gallery Bałucka, Łódź, Poland
- Estonian State Art Institute, Tallinn, Estonia
- Michael Sokolov A Free Grandson of the Black Square - On the Art of Alexander Aksinin
- Igor Vvedensky Alexander Aksinin – A Meta-Graphic Artist
- Grzegorz Matuszak The World According to Alexander Aksinin
- Victor Krivulin Etchings of Alexander Aksinin // Toronto Slavic Quarterly, № 6, Fall 2003 (in Russian)
- on YouTube. Video-art by Ilya Gimmelfarb, Boris Berger, Sergey Kuzminsky, 2003
- A. Aksinin in Pictures and Slides: Lvov-Tallinn, 1970s - 80s. Slideshow by Michael Zelen, 2009
- Drawn Graphics of Alexander Aksinin. Slideshow by Michael Zelen, 2012
- on YouTube. Collage Slideshow by Igor Vvedensky, 2013
- 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).
- Michael Sokolov. A Free Grandson of the Black Square - On the Art of Alexander Aksinin
- The complete gallery of all A. Aksinin's works, along with full catalogues, are presented at the artist's site.
- All the artist's solo and group exhibitions are listed at the artist's site.
- Miejska Galeria Sztuki (Municipal Art Gallery)