Alex Belozersky
500 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02146
Tel: 617-277-9412

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Alex Belozersky, sculptor, musician, and philosopher, was born in Moscow, USSR. He graduated from Moscow Conservatory, taught music and wrote for art magazines. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States.

In this country his multifaceted experience found expression in visual arts: paper and metal sculpture, as well as ceramics. He took his first steps as an artist at the Radcliff College Ceramics studio in Cambridge, where he spent two years building non-functional ceramic vessels, sculptures, and tiles. The tiles, shown in the spring of 1991 at Boston Design Center, generated considerable interest due to their authentic Russian medieval and Renaissance designs.

While at Radcliff, Alex Belozersky was searching continuously for a plastic and less restrictive medium which would allow him to work with large-scale surfaces and to create life-size pieces. He found such medium, almost by accident, in tar paper. Its plasticity, versatility, and cast iron look has allowed artist the freedom to express life-long interests and experiences in dramatic, yet whimsical forms. From tar paper he moved to metal, his primary medium today.

Artist’s development as a sculptor was directly connected to his previous vocation as a pianist - the tactile experience of shaping and molding art is common to both media. His long-term involvement with music and theater often comes through in musical rhythms and organization of space and movement of his figures and compositions. Memories of childhood fascination with music, literature and history as well as myths, and theater constitute the main sources of his imagery, giving energy and impulse to his creativity, and endowing his works with a highly distinctive style. The other powerful source of inspiration stems from his experience of Italy (the first European country he visited following his immigration). Italy offered him the first direct encounter with the European cultural heritage familiar to and cherished by him mostly second-hand in the cold war Soviet Union. Echoes of this initial experience with what he perceives to be his true cultural roots continue to resonate in and animate his work.

In the US the artist was further influenced by the early 20th century sculptors, such as Picasso, Giacometti, Brancusi, Moore and others. As a consequence his visual style blends contemporary and historical forms with theatrical and surrealist elements, producing the imagery which is at once familiar and intriguing, modern and timeless.

His philosophical studies endow the artist’s work with a certain detachment and humorous contemplation of life and history, and his own place in relation to them. The philosophy of Carl Jung is particular has stimulated him to address the role of myths and dreams in modern life. Ancient and modern mythology is represented in the culture as an elaborate interplay of archetypes, symbols, and interpretations. In his unique way the artist created a stage where these symbols come to life and comment on our existence.