Aleksandr Kosenkov has been living in Novosibirsk for many years but was born in the Far East of Russia in a place called Ekimchan in 1959.
His participation in mathematical competitions let him study at the school for physics and mathematics in Novosibirsk and later in the Institute of Technology. In 1984 his career assignment led him to Academgorodok of Novosibirsk, the educational and scientific center of Siberia, where he started to attend classes at the art studio taught by Leningrad artist Natalia Chizhik. Kosenkov attended Chizhik classes until 1998. The teaching there, in its essence, didn't differ from a classical artistic education. Natalia taught her students not only the traditional subjects of drawing, painting and composition but also about having an independent perspective and freedom of artistic creativity.
Since 1995 Aleksandr Kosenkov has been exhibiting his works in Russia and abroad. In 2008 the State Art Museum of Novosibirsk, Siberia, awarded him the diploma of the regional exhibtion 'Siberia X' and in 2010 Kosenkov won the Art Preview competition in Moscow. Aleksandr is a member of the Russian Union of Artists, «Association "Independent Culture"(Saint Petersburg).
Inspired by everyday objects, Kosenkov imbues shapes with such vibrancy that they appear to burst from the canvas. Due to the bright colour palette and expressiveness of painting, a deceptive feeling of spontaneity may come to one's mind. His images erupt with a coloratura musical sense of intense reds, blues and greens. His paintings are a visual reflection of the landscape of his mind, made up of street scenes, landscapes, interiors, figures and architecture. He is fascinated by the mixture of archaic elements and powerfully coloured shapes, while simultaneously using patterns to symbolize the nexus between the natural reality of the figure and the colourful world he creates.
Aleksandr Kosenkov says that a painting should be dynamic and draw viewers' attention, and the chosen tones may create a new quality of colour. Hestylizes and simplifies forms using splashes of colour while rejecting three-dimensional figures and dramatic subjects. As a result, the world appears as a bright patchwork of mixed-reality with a terrific bit of humor and hope. He refers to his technique as "vivifying folly"; its main idea is to change the worldview while transforming it into to an absurd environment of broken relations, proportions and conventionalities, and therefore in some way a carefree world. Kosenkov believes that feelings of joy and pleasure at the moment of creation are the foremost condition of his art.
From 2007 onwards Aleksandr Kosenkov has been a member of the professional creative union named "Partnership Free Culture", in Saint Petersburg.
Kosenkov is also a member of the association of free artists, called "Bathing the Red Horse", in Petrov-Vodkin.
Selected Solo and Group exhibitions:
2011 Silver Gate. Kino Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2011 Fellows on Chumikan. ERARTA, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2010 Competition Art Preview 2010 - First Prize winner, Kino Gallery, Russia.
2010 Graphic arts of Russia, Tomsk Triennial IV. Regional Art Museum in Tomsk,
2009 VI Novosibirsk International Biennial of Graphics. Novosibirsk, Russia.
2009 Siberia, Dog, Dot, RU. Museum in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
2009 Art project "Ark". Russian Culture Center, Helsinki, Finland.
2009 Siberian Telescope, solo exhibition. Kadieff gallery in Helsinki, Finland.
2008 The Joy of Being Back. Association of Free Artists Group Show, House of
Scientist's Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2008 Siberia X. The Novosibirsk Museum of Art, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2008 Gouache on Two. National Art Gallery, Khanty- Mansiysk, Russia.
2008 Novosibirsk Line. House-Museum, Igoshev, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
2008 Hamburg by 2006. State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2008 Interior with Ski, solo exhibition. "Siberian Masters" Gallery, Novosibirsk,
2008 Zest for life returns, as a member of the Association of Independent Artists
named after "Bathing of a Red Horse" by Petrov-Vodkin, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2007 III Tomsk Triennial, Picture of Russia. Tomsk Museum of Art, Siberia, Russia.
2007 Gouache 2O. Art Gallery of Generations' Foundation, Hanty-Mansiysk,
2007 Honest rating-2006 (prize). State Art Museum in Novosibirsk, Russia.
2006 The International Project | Letters. Gallery Kunststation Kleinsassen, Fulda,
2006 Gorbunko Go for Landing. Associate of Free Artists, Russia.
2006 Bathing of a Red Horse. Exhibition Hall of Artists, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
2005 Dialog No. 2. solo exhibition. Galerie Stricker, Aachen, Germany.
2005 Nyurka, solo exhibition. Chernoff Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2004 Full Circle, as a member of the Association named after the Horse. Art
Center "Pushkinskaya –10", Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2004 Inner Asia Northern Version. Arts Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2004 Returning to Own Spheres. Association of Free Artists, P-10 Gallery, St.
2003 From Filonov to Kononenko. House of Scientist's Gallery, Novosibirsk,
2003 Money Fly Away, Association of Free Artists, Novokuznetsk Art Museum,
2002 Art Festival "Tengri-Umay 2002". Kasteev's National Art Museum, Almaty,
2002 II Novosibirsk International Biennial of Graphics, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2001 Spring Salon, Fruhlingssalon 2001. Berlin, Germany.
2001 Threepenny Opera, Troya group. Red Corner Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
2000 The joy of being. Association of free artists, Arts Мuseum, Tomsk, Russia.
1999 Fireplace action «Time between dog and wolf». House of Scientists's
Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
1998 Mustard. Horse Association Gallery SBAAS, Krasnoobsk, Novosibirsk, Russia.
1998 Unknown Russia; Modern Siberian painting. Exhibition of 12 artists in the
Siberian cities of Belgium and Germany, travelling exhibition – Leuven, Ghent,
Overayze, Hasselt, Tienen, Antwerp, Aachen, Karlsruhe.
1998 Solo exhibition, House of Scientists's gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
1997 Art Fair, Grand Marché d'art, Lille, France.
1995 Hamburg Account. Gallery Green Pyramid, Novosibirsk, Russia.
1995 Picnic on the Roadside (dedicated to the memory of Buldozernaya
exhibition), House of Scientists's gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
1995 Honest rating-95. "Green Pyramid" Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia.
Selected Public and Private Collections:
Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia;
The Museum of Non-Conformist Art, Art Center "Pushkinskaya – 10", Saint
Regional Art Museum in Tomsk, Russia;
Art Museum in Novokuznetsk, Russia;
State Art Museum in Novosibirsk, Russia;
Collection of Scientists' House, Akademgorodok, Russia.
Kosenkov's works can be found in pricate collections in Belgium, Germany, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain and the United States.
Prizes and awards:
Winnter of the competition "In Hamburg, 2006", in Novosibirsk.
Winner of the exhibition "Siberia-A", Exhibition of Fine Art, Novosibirsk, 2008.