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Alexander Pesterev was born in Griazovets, located in the Vologda region of Russia. Upon completion of his studies at the prestigious Ivanovo Art College in 1989, he was accepted into the National Union of Russian Artists. Although Pesterev has travelled widely throughout Russia, he finds most inspiration in Totma, in his home region of Vologda.
Over the years Pesterev’s painting has become increasingly ritualistic. Abandoning an earlier realistic style of heightened, bright colours for contemplative abstractions and landscapes, Pesterev’s paintings could now be described as philosophical studies of our everyday world. Immersed in the nuances of tone and colour, in thick impasto brushwork and metallic sheen, Pesterev creates both a figurative and emotive impression of the landscape and domestic spaces. Rather than overwhelming detail, Pesterev focuses on distillation, minimizing colour, shape, and line so that his painterly marks become acts of meditation.
Alexander Pesterev lives and works in Totma, Russia. He exhibits widely in Russia and has work in public and private collections in Russia, Germany, and the UK