Based in: Saint-Petersburg
Alexey Kanis was born in St. Petersburg in 1983; graduated from the Department of Monumental Sculpture at the Faculty of Monumental Art at the Art and Industry Academy named after AL Stieglitz and it was here, according to the artist, that he defined his purpose in creative development.
During his studies, the future sculptor came up with his own stone-cutting direction and a unique plastic language, combining stone-cut sculpture with the physical embodiment of volumetric mosaic; he also managed to make several large projects in China and Russia and to interest several large galleries with his work.
In an effort to simplify forms and cut off excess, Kanis inherits the ideas of the golden age of Greek sculpture from the times of Phidias and Polycletus, as well as the famous British abstract sculptor Henry Moore. Thanks to complete, laconic forms, even the most monumental works of Kanis look sophisticated and have a mesmerizing aesthetic impact on the viewer.
The base material for Kanis's sculptures is premium marbles, including the Belgian black marble, which is currently the most expensive marble in the world. The unique material for the artist is of great importance - in addition to giving the sculptures a graphic and elitist look, it is also itself one of the sources of Kanis's exceptional style. Precisely and clearly arranged volumes in space, combined with rich and pure colors of different types of stone, make objects majestic and intuitively attractive for perception.
The aesthetics of Aleksey Kanis's works are inspired by the art of the Ancient World, as well as modernist trends of the 30-60s of the 20th century. Thanks to careful manual grinding of the fragments of the sculpture, the artist achieves the effect of seamless joining of colors in the object, as two colors seamlessly merge together in a beautiful contrast. Due to their large volumes in synthesis with architecture and landscape, sculptures become an important plastic or semantic dominant of the interior and landscape.
Kanis participates in many international exhibitions and completed sculptural projects. 18 monumental works of his authorship – garden, park and city sculptures - are currently installed in 12 countries in different continents, including countries in Asia and Europe. The artist also collaborates with international collectors - his sculptures annually replenish private and museum collections around the world.
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