Alexandre Richelieu-Beridze is a Russian painter, now based in France. His style can be defined as abstract painting in which there is no subject, only shapes and colors.
The artist was born in St. Petersburg in 1975, into a family that was very aware of art. He is the grandson of established Russian painter Fedor Kholenkov, and it was his grandfather who gave him education and love of art, and also helped him develop his own vision of the world. In 1996, Richelieu-Beridze graduated from the Fine Arts Academy. He came to France in 1999 and started working for advertising agencies and interior design offices. In 2000, he started as a graphic designer in the advertising agency Dragon Rouge, and as an interior designer and visual merchandising specialist at Roche Bobois, Zadig & Voltaire, Sonia Rykiel and Galeries Lafayette.
Depending on a subject, he works with very different methods and techniques, from geometric abstraction to the academic figurative, or collage and the use of contemporary tools. He has been fascinated by the dualism of things since a very young age, which is displayed in his fascination over compositions in black and white. ‘Seeing things in one color, monochrome, has always helped me discover the volume in forms’, as the artist states.
Strongly addicted to geometry, which enabled him to evaluate the world around him, Richelieu-Beridze’s first steps in artistic world were compositions of geometric abstraction. Acquiring experience in this field of art, he slowly installed more emotions into work, causing him to touch another style of art – abstract expressionism. As expected, his artistic influences are based on avant-garde Russian and constructivist painters, Malevitch’s Suprematism and color expression by the New York school of expressive abstraction.
Richelieu-Beridze is a founder of an art movement named Free Painter, and the philosophy behind this movement is to restore the word Fine to art. In 2013, the artist participated in an auction at Phillips de Pury, one of the largest auction shows in the world of contemporary art. He had several exhibitions in Monaco, Paris, Spain and Italy.