Several years ago, the Russian Commission for Choosing Outstanding Artists recognized Alexander Solotzew as a worthy heir of Russian avant-garde art. Alexander has collaborated closely with the Russian Museum ever since, creating magnificent series of paintings on the themes of "Russian Ballet" and “Circus” that were prominently displayed by the Russian Museum at exhibitions in Europe.
From his childhood onwards, Alexander has been fascinated with the Circus. Later in life, Alexander sometimes followed Circus trains around the world to capture that special moment of revelation and enlightenment so much needed in his work. Recently, in the United States, the artist met excellent circus performers from world-renowned circuses, who provided a lasting inspiration to Alexander as he continues working on the theme “Circus”.
Thinking of Platon's ancient idea: Are we puppets being controlled by the strings of society? Or did we become the powerful force ourselves?
Sometimes we feel that someone manipulates us. Sometime we feel that we are playing someone. But if we think long enough about it, we may realize that the whole reminds us of a Puppet Theater full of Puppets and Puppeteers ...
For centuries, Venice hast been famous for its traditional Carnival. Behind masks and costumes, the differences in class and societal status widely disappeared and made it possible to mock the aristocracy and the Court.
Alexander Solotzew draws a parallel between the ancient and the modern time with people enjoying to express their freedom of action, yet remaining incognito. Carnival in Venice is the perfect opportunity for men and women to transform into the characters of their choice.
In his paintings, the artist is unfolding the playful and enigmatic elements hidden behind the mask.
Giving the tribute to one of the oldest historical and cultural traditions, Alexander has been working on the bullfighting theme for years.
However, not the tradition of bullfighting itself but mostly its vital principle motivates the Artist. “Torero” painting symbolizes the constant human battle for existence.
Challenges in business or issues in personal life make everyone struggle to resolve the problem where one wins and another one loses. Everything is at stake and you are invited to be a part of this game of life, to leave the "Corrida" as a winner!
Alexander Solotzew has developed an idea to express the harmony between human beings and architectural structures. Contrast of red, black and white colors create a classical look. The two tango dancers are absorbed in their passionate dance, radiating sparkling energy around them. No one is left indifferent, even motionless buildings are reflecting the dance with their tilting angles.
"From Paris with Love" is captivating and provoking at the same time. Meanwhile, the Artist offers a few secret signs to unfold to the inquisitive viewers. Alexander often visited Paris and always wanted to create a special element of Parisian flirt reflected in his artworks to express it the way that will make everyone feel at ease and recognize something personal in it.
In the beginning of the 90s, Alexander Solotzew spent significant time in the South of France in search of new inspiration. "It's an amazing place, known as 'The Light of the South' and is closely associated with the Masters of Impressionism. White and blue mountains, turquoise cool rivers, fields, blazing with red poppies in spring and changing to mesmerizing violet waves of lavender and golden sunflowers in summer.”
It was here, in solitude with nature, that Alexander created these amazing masterpieces. To this day, his paintings of the “Provence" series are recognized by collectors and art lovers as the brightest and most colorful, conveying the true living beauty of nature.