Maximov Alexander
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   Alexander Maximov was born in Moscow in 1930. He graduated from a secondary Moscow art school and then studied under M. Cheremnykh and N. Ponomarev at the poster studio of the Surikov State Art Institute of Moscow. In 1964 Maximov joined the Moscow Artists Union. As soon as he had a chance to engage in lithography, he began experimenting in this field. He was simultaneously attracted to folk art in general and Russian lubok (popular prints) in particular. This fascination has not led him to abandon depicting the visible world, but enabled him to invent in parallel, using the possibilities of form-building, symbols and metaphors. In addition to lithographs, Maximov has produced a lot of etchings, drawings, gouaches and watercolours, as well as oils on paper, cardboard and canvas.

   The artist has contributed his works to numerous exhibitions and began cooperating with the Kovcheg Gallery in 1988. The gallery regularly includes Maximov’s works in its exhibition projects, and in 2001 they were among the gallery exhibits at the 5th International Art Moscow Fair. In 2005 the State Tretyakov Gallery held Maximov’s solo exhibition ‘Zigzags’. Works of Maximov are in many Russian museums and private collections, as well as in Russian art collections abroad.