“If painting is a form of language, I attempt to create a language, foreign to all but myself, and then say a few things in that language in such a way that would make them clear to anybody who listens, even if the language remains foreign to the listener.”
By remaining open to an ever-evolving vision of the world, Kanevsky’s paintings deliberately defy stylistic and thematic pigeonholing in an art world obsessed with taxonomic boundaries. His manner of painting is instead motivated by a desire to generate dialogue between subjective personal perception, external reality, and the tenuousness of translation.
Alex Kanevsky was born in 1963 in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Pew Fellowship for painting in 1997 and, most recently, a residency at the Lux Art Institute in San Diego. In addition to exhibiting across North America and Europe, his art can be found in the permanent collection of the Achenbach Collection, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. He has been reviewed in Art in America, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2011, his painting “Big Head” was included in the Dolby Chadwick exhibition HEADS, curated by Peter Selz.
This catalogue, which features and essay by Frances Malcolm, was published on the occasion of Kanevsky's exhibition Heroes and Animals, October 2–November 1, 2010.
22 pages. 13 color plates. Softcover. 2010.