to Eastern European culture and American culture, as a young
boy, helped him broaden his horizon as an artist. The artists
exposure to art form both continents helped define the route
he would later take from muralist to fine art artist.
Alexander Chistov was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the
United States as a teenager, settling in Los Angeles California.
He lived near Melrose Ave and Fairfax and was deeply influenced
by the murals that ran across the alleys. Soon he picked up aerosol,
as a medium, and started creating murals around the Los Angeles
County. His murals prompted people to take notice of his talent
and was commissioned to paint several murals for schools from
the Los Angeles Unified School District. Creating huge murals
helped Alexander learn new skills and techniques that would later
help him transition into fine art.
After creating beautiful murals around the city , Alexander wanted
to expand his artistic ability and got interested in traditional
art. He fully emerged himself into learning everything about
oil painting and realism. The artist studied old masters such
as; Diego Velázquez, Joaquín Sorolla, Ivan Shishkin,
Anders Zorn, and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and many other masters.
Alexander was able gather information about the techniques used
by old masters and applied it to his paintings. The artist continues
to learn daily about traditional art and hopes to polish his
technique with each painting.
Alexanders objective is to create paintings that will beautifully
capture his subject and prompt the senses of the viewer.