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Alexander Gurevich was born in 1944 in Alapaevsk in the Urals, where his parents had been evacuated during the war. After war the family immediately returned to Leningrad, where he first started to develop a sense of himself as a human being and as an artist.Alexander lived in an area that had once been respectable, filled with an eclectic assortment of solidly-built residences where magnificent spacious apartments had been transformed into-anthills of communal apartments of the sort cursed, ridiculed, and extolled by generations of Soviet writers and artists.
There were cases of neighbour helping neighbour, and even good influences, since, after all, all layers of society, the most varied of people and objects, were shuffled together and compressed there. Could it be that these very childhood impressions were what produced the richness, almost to the point of overcrowding, in Gurevich’s work?
St. Petersburg remained forever engraved in the artist’s work both directly, as a background for his mise en scenes as well as indirectly, through its culture, characterised by intellectualism and fantasy.
The Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute where Alexander was accepted had a reputation as one of the “elite” engineering schools, incidentally, this school produced a particularly high numbers of artists. Even camping trips to hard-to-reach parts of the country were a thrilling escape from oppressive ideology. While working as an an engineer, Gurevich began attending the Viborg Art studio, then the Mukhin Leningrad Industrial Arts School, from which he graduated in 1975.
Here were a certain degree of freedom, the use of modern styles, and experimentation with form that were not possible with easel painting were allowed in applied arts because they were merely decorative and, most importantly, did not have a place on the ideology front. Even than, Gurevich’s art was a poor fit for official exhibitions - drawings that were alive, far removed from academic art, not reflecting, but, instead, expressing a colour, subject matter that had nothing in common with the stilted content of officially-favored works. And most of all, there was the deeply personal iterpretaton reflected in his work. What remained was the road to unofficial art. The young artist’s first meeting with his public took place at the historic Nevsky Palace of Culture exhibition in 1975.
Exhibitions in apartments became more frequent. One of the first ones was the 1975 exhibition of the ALEF Jewish artists group in Evgeny Abezgauz’s apartment, a show Alexander Gurevich also participated in. By the late eighties, Gurevich had become a respected master within underground art, having perfected his style to the level of a perfectly-tuned instrument. He had developed his own subject matter, which touched on society’s most burning problems and own intonation. After all, “the style is the person”.
In 1993 Gurevich together with his family emigrated to Israel. He has been living and working in Jerusalem since then. In 1994 he became a member of the Artists House (Beit Amanim) in Jerusalem.
In 2008 an album about his life and art was published by Ruvim Braude in San Francisco, California, USA
Selected personal exhibition:
* 1995, Jerusalem-Artists House
* 1995, Gallery Kunstzaum Am Hallhof, Memingen, Germany
* 1996, Gallery “Serebryany vek”, S. Petersburg, Russia
* 1998, Gallery “Anna”, S. Petersburg
* 1999, Gallery “Sara Kishon”, Tel Aviv
* 1999, Oberhessisches Museum, Gissen, Germany
* 2000, Gallery “Art Dome”, San Francisco, USA
* 2002, Gallery “Kunst +” Wetzlar, Germany
* 2008, Teatron Ierushalaim, Jerusalem
* 2009, Gallery Karandagi, Tel Aviv
* 2011, Gallery “Art Dome”, San Francisco, USA
* 2012, Gallery "Beit Naima", Jerusalem
* 2015, Gallery “Colorida”, Lisbon, Portugal.
* 2019, Gallery "Art Dome", San Francisco, USA