Alexanders exposure 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
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. He 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.