1944 - Born in Alapaevsk, Russia. From 1945 lived in Leningrad
1967 - Graduated from Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute
1975 - Graduated from the High Art College, named Mukhina
1993 - Repatriated to Israel. Lives in Jerusalem
- 1995 - Artist's House, Jerusalem
- 1995 - Gallery Kunstzaum Am Hallhof, Memingen, Germany
- 1996 - Gallery "Serebryany vek", St. Petersburg, Russia
- 1998 - Gallery "Anna", St. Petersburg
- 1999 - Gallery "Sara Kishon", Tel Aviv
- 1999 - Museum Gissen, Germany
- 2000 - Gallery "Art Dome", San Francisco, USA
Fellowships and Awards:
- 1989 - "Kentucky Colonel" honorary title, Kentucky, USA
- 1989 - Jefferson County Citizen, Kentucky, USA
- 1995 - Prize "Ish Shalom", Jerusalem
- 1995 - Prize "Art '95" Gallery Art-54, New York
- 1997 - Diplome of Gallery "Art addiction", Sweden
Works purchased by:
- The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
- The Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA, USA
- Center of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions:
- 1975 - Unofficial art in "Nevsky" Palace of Culture, Leningrad
- 1976 - Jewish group "Aleph", Leningrad, Moscow
- 1976 - "Aleph" in Magnes Museum, Klutznik Museum, USA
- 1977-88 - Exhibitions of the Fellowship of the Experimental Art
- 1988 - "Gallery Route One", CA, USA
- 1988 - Central Exhibition Hall (Manege), Leningrad
- 1989 - "Creativity under Duress", Art festival, Louisville, KY, USA
- 1989 - "Gillian Jason Gallery", London, U.K.
- 1990 - "Keepers of the Flame" (Unofficial Artists of Leningrad)
- 1990 - "Fisher Gallery", University of Southern California, USA
- 1992 - "Old Voices, New Faces", Klutznic Museum, Washington D.C., USA
- 1992 - "Identities Lost & Found", Russian Jewish Artists, San Francisco, CA, USA
- 1992 - "Kunst Center Sint-Jan", Brugge, Belgium
- 1994 - "Art Fosters Art", Artist's House, Jerusalem
- 1996 - "Jerusalem", Gallery "Exodus", Jerusalem
- 1996 - "Osaka Triennale '96", Japan
- 1996 - "Transition", Ten Artists in Knesset, Jerusalem
- 1998 - "Sorat" Hotel, Marburg, Erfurt, Germany
- 1999 - "Art Frankfurt", Germany
- 2000 - "33#33", Artist's House, Jerusalem
- 2001 - "Portrait in Russia, XX Century", The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
From "The theatre of imagination":
...In viewing Gurevich's work, one's eye travels slowly across his canvases, exploring intricate details, rejoicing at every new happy discovery. One gladly loses oneself in the interlaces of capricious texture. One finds unexpected links between the generously implanted symbols. Hidden apparitions connect to seemingly unconnected elements. And all this even before one discovers the literal subject of his picture...
Gurevich's paintings are often built as elaborate theatrical constructions where dramatic action takes place both inside and outside the frame - on multiple stages and levels. So, while a particular venue could be Jerusalem or any other place, the grand stage is always the Universe.
Ultimately, Gurevich invites his viewers to enter the enchanted space of his pictures the same way a great theatrical director involves his audience in a play. Be sure to enter - you will never regret it!
From "The long journey":
The struggle to make personally expressive and meaningful pictures is always difficult. In the case of Alexander Gurevich, it is probably more complex than usual due to his life's course. His journey shows in the amalgamation of images, styles and subjects of his work... Materials, text, borrowed images, symbols and quotations from the past are reinvented into a highly personal story that also universal enough to hold the attention of everyman. Gurevich's continued evolution both inspires and relieves, sparking the quest to find meaning and providing realization one is not on this harrowing journey alone.
John P. Begley
Louisville Visual Art Association
From "An ancient clock":
For Alexander Gurevich, the eternal biblical parables and characters are as alive today as they were in the time of the forefathers. Therefore, he freely interprets the all-familiar biblical subjects by placing them in the modern time and within the context of contemporary ethics...
Gurevich's utmost respect for painting technique creates such an impression of completeness as is rarely achieved in contemporary art. Warm and vibrant ocher-brown colors, images fading into the depth of living background - all these are reminiscent of the works of Old Masters. While Gurevich is decidedly a contemporary artist, his works clearly reflect continuity of cultural and painting traditions. One cannot help but feel that the artist is influenced - without sacrificing any of his originality - by the richness of Rembrandt's coloring style, the paradoxicalness of Chagall's composition design, the deep sense of saturated decor of Judaic art and the symbolism of gold Byzantine icons. Gurevich has been able to absorb the art traditions of many different cultures. Therefore, he should not be viewed as a Russian or an Israeli artist, but, rather, a world artist whose search for the universal truth never ends.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
From "Where reality and absurdity intertwine":
...His paintings are charged, both aesthetically and emotionally. This immense power of representation is a product of his multi-cultural and diverse realm of experience. The dramatic style of his earlier St. Petersburg period is in perfect harmony with his more reserved and structured manner of the later Jerusalem period. This highly synergistic dichotomy results in art that is profoundly moving and inspiring. While in St. Petersburg, Gurevich has exhibited at every major art event - from the Non-Conformist underground art shows of the 70's to the contemporary gala presentations of Perestroyka. After his emigration to Israel, his works have widely exhibited in Europe and the United States.
Central Exhibition Hall (Manege).
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