Moscow, Russia


non-conformist painter and graphic artist.

Alexander Kharitonov has not received professional art education.
Since the late 1950's was part of the informal circle of artists.
His first solo exhibition was held in 1958 at Moscow State University (Moscow). Participated in several exhibitions:

1970 - Exhibition Nuove correnti a Mosca (Museo Belle Arti, Lugano, Switzerland);
1975 - painting exhibition of Moscow artists in the pavilion "Beekeeping" (VDNH, Moscow);
1975 - Exhibition of works by Moscow artists in the pavilion "Culture House" (VDNH, Moscow);
1975 - Exhibition of works by seven artists MOKHG (Moscow);
1976 - Exposition au Musee russe en Exil (Montgeron, France);
1989 - Exhibition of the collection of L. Talochkin (Regional Museum of Art, Kuibyshev);
1991 - "Other Art" Moscow, 1956-76 (State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow).
In the 1950's - early 1960's in the artist's works dominated the fantastic stories in which romance was combined with the grotesque. Close to 1970 the artist began to write romantic tale, dating back to the Christian iconography of the paintings with miniature temples, figures of angels and saints in the landscape.

«... Kharitonov's paintings are full of sweet secrets. He goes from reality in the world of fairy tales, folklore, legends ...
Alexander Kharitonov - artist extraordinary. He is both an innovator and traditionalist. ... In contrast to modern megalomania, the work of Kharitonov's small in size, designed to close and quiet conversation. And each of them - a small gem, with hundreds of colorful and iridescent shades of meaning. The technique, which employs an artist, like a scattering of stones on the shimmering mosaic of small smalt. Smear - tiny and prominent - lie always extremely accurate, merging into an amazing and harmonious picture. A miniature paintings themselves, in their turn - in the whole suite, sparkling and joyful. Throughout the artist's sense of continuity with the traditional medieval view of the world with her wise, the interpenetration of the macrocosm and microcosm, permeatedness light and acceptance of all things. According to the artist, painting his so-called fundamental (fancy) of paintings based on three pillars: the Byzantine, ancient iconography, ancient ecclesiastical embroidery with beads and jewels » (Sokolova).

In the late 1980's, as three decades earlier, the artist occasionally turned to the genre of pure abstraction. The core of his experimental compositions were color reproduction of your favorite music (eg, Mozart).

Works of Alexander Kharitonov are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), Zimmerly Museum of Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), as well as leading museums of modern art.


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