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Alexander Ney is a truly world-famous artist who gained fame primarily as a sculptor. His unmistakable style combines the influences of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, China, Africa and Latin American cultures with the experience of contemporary art and emphasized individual study of the material - terracotta.


Alexander Udino-Nezhdanov was born in 1939 in Leningrad. His childhood years fell on the most severe time of the blockade of the city. After the war, Nezhdanov studied at the art school at the Academy of Arts (1954-1957), then moved to Moscow for a short time to study at the art school at the Surikov Institute (1957-1959). Upon his return to Leningrad, Nezhdanov attends courses in the History and Theory of Art at the Leningrad State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I. E. Repin. Having gone to France in 1972, Alexander Nezhdanov decides not to return to the Soviet Union. In Paris, he meets the artist Helene de Kooning (1918-1989), wife of Willem de Kooning, who, being impressed by his work, persuades Nezhdanov to move to the United States, where he takes the name Alexander Ney.

Thus, most of the creative biography of Alexander Ney is associated with New York, where he has been living and working since 1974. He is one of the few artists who emigrated from the USSR in the 1970s, who managed not to become a hostage of his "Soviet" origin. Ney, whose talent matured in the unofficial Soviet art environment, never belonged to any groups or movements within the so-called. underground. Relying on an independent creative search, in his circle he gained a reputation as an "artistic prophet".

Personal and group exhibitions with the participation of Alexander Ney, a participant in the Venice (1977) and Turin Biennale (1978) were held both in prestigious New York galleries (1979 - Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts, 1992 - Gallery Sareido, 2004 - Mimi Ferzt Gallery), and and in halls of respected institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, including: Palais de Congres, Paris (1976), Documenta Halle, Kassel (1995), Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC (1998), McMullen Museum of Art, Boston (1999, 2004).


Works by Alexander Ney are in the collections of:

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. New Jersey. USA
Kolodzei Art Foundation. Highland Park. USA
State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow
State Russian Museum. Saint Petersburg
State Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin. Moscow
Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow
Museum ART4
AZ Museum. Moscow




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