Alexander Volkov is a Russian-American oil painter who was born in St. Petersburg in 1960 and has lived and worked in Hunterdon County for 25 years. He started painting with oil as a high school student. From the age of 7 to 17 he attended a special English school and in 1986 graduated from the Department of Physics at Leningrad State University. Following graduation, Alexander worked as an animator at Leningrad Studio of Science Films and later as a stage artist in a small Leningrad theatre. In 1981, he began to exhibit his original paintings with a group of 200 Leningrad artists known as the “Brotherhood of Experimental Arts”, a conglomeration of “underground” art groups active in Leningrad at the time. Later, he joined a splinter group called “Ostrov” or “Island” which united 30 artists who felt that, ideologically, their work was neither socialist realism nor extreme avant garde. Reluctantly, he calls himself a “self-taught” artist. Alexander creates landscape oil paintings, mixed media originals, charcoal drawings and genre paintings. He is also available for commissions of portraits and any other subject matter that is inspiring to both collector and himself! Alexander is a self-published artist with his company Alexander Volkov Fine Art. Alexander Volkov Fine Art LLC prints and varnishes all pieces, and Alexander (himself) embellishes, signs and numbers every piece.