Alex Kanevsky

United States 1963


Alex Kanevsky
Alex Kanevsky
United States
December 21, 2015
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

Is there a connection between art and math? At first glance, they are not so similar. First dealing with emotions, the latter with numbers. And yet, both somehow address the issues that no words can resolve or even approximately describe. Alex Kanevsky is a contemporary representative painter, born in Russia, educated in Lithuania, and currently living in the United States. Influenced by some parts of both Russian and European culture, on one side, and the American culture, on the other, he was ultimately artistically shaped by his inability to fully identify with either of those completely.

The use of form to search and find the beautiful in people and establish contact is amazing. As for education, he teaches a course at pafa, near his home
Alex Kanevsky – JWI in the Dark Studio, 2015 (Left) / Night, 2015 (Right)

Who is Alex Kanevsky

As mentioned above, the painter was born in the provinces of Russia and studied Mathematics at the Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, where he graduated in 1983. Having been fortunate to departure Europe at the right moment of his development (well familiar with the traditions of Russian and European painting, but reluctant do dedicate himself to working that tradition), he arrived in the United States, where he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, graduating in 1993. With one foot in Russia and Europe and the other in the USA, the issue of being only half-formed artist gradually evolved into “a liberating situation where I did not feel particularly deeply indebted to either culture, so I had to create my own artistic environment in which to function.”[1] At this point of his life, he feels very connected to the American way of living, its art, literature, music. He enjoys it all and it’s a big part of who he is as an artist, be hasn’t grown out of it, so he is actually free to pick and choose how seriously he wishes to take any aspect of it.

Alex Kanevsky has created his own artistic environment in which to function

The work form and arts of this philadeplhia master are astonishing
Alex Kanevsky – Lettuce and Fur, 2015 (Left) / Embrace, 2015 (Right)

Personal Style

After winning the Pew Grant, he was able to dedicate all of his time to painting, and it resulted in evolution of his art, easily recognizable in his work. The idea of continuity dominated his thoughts ever since, and he “realized that I was now committed to this kind of life and would rather be very poor, but paint every day than return to the part-time world.”[2] Asked about his style, he replies he’s not sure that he even has a style, stating that the fashion industry deals with that sort of stuff as they constantly try to make something stand out in the world where pretty much is all the same. Compared to that, he is an artist, without goals of making a product. As a painter with a unique view on the world, he’s trying to arrive at the extreme clarity of that view and then tries to find visual means, capable of expressing that clarity. If somewhere along the way, his work obtains any recognizable traits, they are “mostly a byproduct of always trying to be very clear and concise about my personal view of the world.”[3] A naïve painter (as he describes himself), he works with first-hand experiences, untainted by the process of self-analysis.

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Alex Kanevsky lives and works in Philadelphia.


  1. Seed J. Alex Kanevsky: ‘Unstable Equilibrium’ at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, The Huffington Post [September 7,2016]
  2. Plotkin N. Interview with Alex Kanevsky, Painting Perceptions [September 7,2016]
  3. Anonymous. Alex Kanevsky Is ‘On Our Radar’: Philadelphia Painter Reveals Why An Art Career Kills All The Fun, The Huffington Post [September 7,2016]

Featured image: Alex Kanevsky – J.F.H. with Four Doors (detail)
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Unstable EquilibriumDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2014Beautiful and Profound PaintingsJ. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Alex KanevskyScarfone/Hartly Gallery at University of Tampa, FLSolo
2013The Fox and The HedgehogDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Body PoliticNational Arts Club, New York, NYGroup
2013The Philadelphia StoryAsheville Art Museum, Asheville, N.C.Group
2012Alex KanevskyLux Art Institute, San Diego, CASolo
2012Annual ShowRoyal Society of British Artists, London, U.K.Group
2011Heroes and AnimalsJ. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011AccumulationsJ. Cacciola, New York, NYGroup
2010Heroes and AnimalsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010RemnantsFuse Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Visual VoicesStedman Gallery, Rutgers University, New JerseyGroup
2009ProserpineJ. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2009Fine Artists of AccomplishmentSomerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DEGroup
2008Waves & X-RaysRosenfield Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2008VisitationsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Into Your HeadHopkinson House Gallery of Contemporary Art, Haddon Township, NJGroup
2008Painterly Painting: The Next LevelThe Art Museum of Los Gatos, CAGroup
2008UnknownEdwards Art Gallery, Holderness School, Plymouth, N.H.Group
2007Parlor GamesJ. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYSolo
200710 Year AnniversaryDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Finding a Form – Influences in Figurative PaintingTower Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2007True Love AlwaysAngles Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2006PaintingsGallerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, CanadaSolo
2006Bader Fund, The First Three YearsBrady Art Gallery, G. Washington University, Washington, D.C.Group
2005Instances of StillnessDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2005New Paintings J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Very Early PicturesArcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PAGroup
2005FiguraGallerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2004PhotographsRosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2004Short Focus PaintingsSomerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DESolo
2004Pittura e fotografia dal punto di vista dell’occhio modernoCastell Welsperg, ItalyGroup
2004Works on Paper 2004Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PAGroup
2004Paintings & Photographs with Jon RedmondJ. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003Short Focus PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003Mediated PleasuresJ. Cacciola Galleries, New York, NYSolo
2003Mostra di Opere in Formato PiccoloCasa Wassermann, Villabassa, ItalyGroup
2002Alex KanevskyRosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2001Alex KanevskyDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2001Alex KanevskyJ. Cacciola Galleries, New York, NYSolo
2001Form & FigureJ. Cacciola Galleries, New York, NYGroup
2000Overwhelmed PortraiturePhiladelphia Art Alliance, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1999Strong Light PaintingsSomerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DESolo
1999The Edge of VisionThe Edge of Sight, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MAGroup
1998Alex KanevskyRosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1998Pertaining to PhiladelphiaMulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Fancisco, CAGroup
1998Through The Heart Of The CityArt Alliance, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1997Motion PaintingsMerrimack College, Andover, MASolo
1997Alex KanevskySomerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DESolo
1997Contemporary LandscapeBerman Museum of Art - Ursinus College, Bucknell UniversityGroup
1996Alex KanevskyRosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1994Double ExposurePleiades Gallery, New York, NYGroup