Alex Kanevsky, ‘Man riding a horse from South Carolina to Key West in Search of Better Life’, 2017, Hollis Taggart

Signature: Initialed and dated lower right: "AK / 17" Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Alex Kanevsky 2017 / Man riding a horse from South Carolina to Key West in Search of Better Life"

The artist

About Alex Kanevsky

Alex Kanevsky’s gestural portraits are influenced by the artistic traditions of Eastern Europe, where he grew up, and the United States, where he now lives. In the spirit of Impressionism, he is more concerned with emotional and atmospheric triggers than narrative descriptions. In awareness of the agency of his subjects and his paintings, and observing that it is painful and unnatural for models to remain still, he depicts people in motion; likewise, he tries not to impose his will on artworks, abiding by his theory that “paintings do let us know when to leave them alone.” Kanevsky, whose studies have centered on mathematics and visual art, also resists defining his art with words. He believes that “artists statements are not possible and any attempt to write one leads to confusion and misinformation.”

Russian, b. 1963, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Solo Shows

San Francisco,
Alex Kanevsky: Fin de Siècle
Alex Kanevsky: Beautiful and Profound Paintings

Group Shows

Barbara Frigerio Contemporary, 
It's a small Christmas
San Francisco,
Lightning Strikes: 18 poets. 18 artists.
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