Alexander Solotzew was born in Kaliningrad, Russia, in 1957. At eleven, he entered the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum, a school for gifted children supported by the Russian Academy of Arts. After graduating from the Lyceum, he studied at Tambov Art College, where his parents taught art. In 1977, he was admitted to the St. Petersburg State Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. After receiving his master’s degree in fine arts in 1981, he immigrated to Germany, where he began his artistic career.
Solotzew’s aesthetic language can be described as a fusion of figurative art with elements of cubism and realism, inspired by 20th-century Russian masters Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky. His paintings embody compelling artistry and visual sensitivity. His colorful palette enhances his dynamic compositions in which characters seem to be floating in sinuous ways as symbols of the artist’s life philosophy and passion for love.
The exhibition Life in Colors presents a selection of works that glimpse his rich repertoire. His collaboration with the Russian Museum led him to create a series inspired by a Russian ballet and the circus world. Carnival, particularly Venice’s celebration, has also been lively and colorfully depicted in his canvases. Dance inspires paintings that express sensuality, movement, and, most importantly, love and courtship. His travels also motivate him to portray daily scenes that depict human relations in specific settings, be Paris or Sarasota, Florida, where he spends a few months every year.
Solotzew has presented over two hundred exhibitions in Europe and the United States for more than four decades, receiving international critics’ praise. He has received numerous awards, including the gold medal for his artistic contribution to Germany’s national culture. His works belong to private and institutional collections in Europe and the United States, including Armonia Art Foundation in Italy and the Ludwig Museum in Germany.