Location: Russian Federation
Alexander Ovchinnikov // www.ao-art.ru
Painter and renowned graphic designer. Born in 1960, lives and works in Moscow, Russia.
A graduate of the Moscow Academic Art School, member of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation and the International Union of Journalists.
Started as a graphic artist and painter (oil, acrylic, mixed media authoring). The first exhibition was held in 1986 in the famous dissident exhibition hall at the Little Georgian Street in Moscow (in Soviet times it was one of the few places where one could see non-formal art).
Since the early 1990's, as a graphic designer, collaborated with renowned publishers and advertising agencies. Participated in the creation of many books and magazines, as the author of the layout and art director. Worked on the creation of new brands, their graphical environment, design, advertising campaigns, packaging, etc.
Concurrently engaged in art projects and participated in exhibitions. One of the first in Russia, in mid-1990 began to study digital art, experimenting with form and technology. Most recent works are a mixture of digital image processing and traditional techniques. Stylistically, gravitates toward abstract expressionism. Artworks have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Russia and abroad (Denmark, Germany, Italy, etc.). Many of them are in private collections in Russia, Denmark, Germany, France and Israel.
As all abstract works my paintings are actually the result of manipulations with colour, shape and texture. The only difference is that I use the desktop of my MacBook instead of a canvas. 20-year experience of computer graphics allows me to embody any ideas on the screen.
Initially my painting is just a computer file which is later printed on special equipment, which can render millions of colours and uses special indelible light-resistant ink. It allows putting images on different surfaces: paper, plastic, fabric, etc.
I print my paintings on a canvas, then I pull the canvas on a stretcher. After that I spend a lot of time completing the picture manually (usually I use mixed technics – acryle, oil, oil pastel and other materials), and then it undergoes final processing. That way the original painting is created. It is unique and always comes in a single copy.
I also make a limited edition copy, usually no more than three copies. Modern printing techniques allow to make high-quality prints of the original file on any of the selected materials and the size you need. To exhibitions I'm usually printing on paper + polymer glass (technology Diasec), or special print into the fabric. The price of this copy is quite democratic and depends largely on the size and material. Each print is accompanied by a certificate of copyright.