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Alexey Adonin

Alexey Adonin has exhibited extensively internationally including in countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United States, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. He describes himself as an abstract, surrealist, and symbolist oil painter. Notable exhibitions in New York City include a solo exhibition retrospective at Artios Gallery and shows at the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art, New York Artists Equity Association, Ikonospace, and Toula Gallery. Alexey has been featured in over 120 publications. He has been presented on Inside the Studio on Saatchi Art, published in their curated collections, participated in The Other Art Fair, and has over 1300 subscribed followers on the platform. His work remains in private collections all over the world. 

Alexey’s paintings reflect his hobbies and interests which include science fiction literature, history, biology, paleontology, geography, and astronomy. His confusing paintings are in the tradition of Joan Miró’s abstracted surrealism but with a contemporary and futuristic aesthetic. The avant-garde paintings reflect ahead of our time in an almost extraterrestrial fashion. Alexey’s fascination with science fiction becomes apparent in these works of intricate shapes, detailed lines, and lucid colors. 

Because of the perplexing nature and form of the paintings they may be viewed as difficult to interpret. One painting which may be somewhat easier to understand would be Something to Remember (pictured above), a thoroughly mysterious work which contains his signature empty composition within a quarter of the surface followed by intricate detailed structure throughout the rest of the space. The shapes in the painting are either in spheres or prolate spheroids. The final one third of the painting to the right appears to be an extraterrestrial landscape while the center of the painting contains what appears to be a platform with organic shapes and figure-like sculptures. The intricate sphere in the sky could be a moon or star from an unknown solar system. The sculptured figures appear to be spread out along a platform overlooking the strange landscape almost like a monument. Followed with birds and flowers, perhaps a representation of an intergalactic government council? Who knows? For all we know, the interpretation could be far off from the artists’ intent. However, if we try to break down the painting from a purely fine art perspective, we may appreciate the diamond composition and blending of bright colors with neutral tones. 

Alexei’s more abstracted works may not intentionally be complete abstractions, however they may be appreciated as such. The paintings are probably easier to reflect upon and understand if not trying to identify objects or representation within them. Paintings like After the Rain (pictured above) offer an insight into elements of design. Unlike most of his other paintings After the Rain has lower contrast, less defined linear qualities, and scratchy brushwork. The controlled randomness and lack of repetitive form creates a work which can be seen as meditative yet intellectual. The color palette remains interesting with subdued neon blues and greens gradually integrating into earthy tones, yellows, and whites. Dissimilar to other works, the painting lacks the signature organic-like forms and even contains a little bit of fixed geometry and a simpler upside down T composition. 

Alexei Adonin’s works are intellectually stimulating, containing hyper-sensitive fluctuations of variation. With a resume a mile long and a vast body of work of highly advanced mysterious works, his legacy will stand the test of time. As we study how his work has developed over the past couple of decades, we should take note of how much further Alexei plans on developing these complex compositions.


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