We had the honor to interview talented artist Alexander Dik.
Alexander was born on 20.12.1983 in USSSR. Since 1992 he lives in Germany Berlin/Falkensee.
He graduated at Akademie für Malerei Berlin.
Alexander is an abstract painter interested in expressionism and surrealism.
Hi Alexander! When did you begin painting and how did you get started?
Alexander: I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember. Even as a child I was fascinated by art and painted everywhere and wherever I could. In 1992, at the age of eight, I immigrated with my family from the USSR to Germany, Berlin. It was a rocky road through childhood as a migrant and later in adolescence. Painting has always been my escape. Later I became a competitive Taekwondo athlete and then an entrepreneur. I did painting as a hobby but always with the desire for more. In 2019 I decided to submit to my constraints and chose to go on as a painter. I gave up my career as an entrepreneur and began studying art at the prestigious Academy for Painting in Berlin with Ute Wöllmann, Georg Baselitz’s master student.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Alexander: I live in a suburb of Berlin-Falkensee and I am surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The landscapes have always been my subject and my escape. I am interested in the moods of the landscapes, their colors, their dynamics, their drama. I express landscape inspirations in the context of myself. I never work from photos. I only work from live inspirations of certain moments that I am overwhelmed by. The movement, the life and the color of a painting is the most important thing for me. I implement it in my own way. I depict different impressions using my own techniques.
Could you walk us through your process? How much planning do you do before you jump into a painting? If you do, what are you trying to solve at each stage of it?
Alexander: As a sportsman, I set myself goals and challenges to get better and better every day. I work according to the principle of competitive sport and I am extremely disciplined in my work. That means getting up at 6 am in the morning and working 10-15 hours a day in the studio. But the best thing about it is that I don’t see it as a job, but as luck to be able to do it.
You are living in Berlin, a city with many artists. How important is the surrounding for an artist?
Alexander: I only have little contact with the Berlin art scene, apart from lectures and some artist friends. I am also not really looking for these contacts because I pursue my own path and some goals that I am after. Everything else could possibly only distract me from my own path. I work closely with my gallery, which supports me enormously. Anna Kimmerle from the AK Galerie Berlin has supported me from the start. It is still a young gallery that has the courage to discover and promote young talented artists. Especially in this difficult time, Anna still manages to keep the business going. I think we get along so well because we have a similar understanding of hard work and passion.
What are you currently working on?
Alexander: I am currently working on several exhibitions that are planned for early 2021. In 2020, exhibitions, also with AK Gallery, were canceled due to the Lockdown and eventually had to be postponed.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Alexander: My art changes almost weekly. I produce a lot and always try to perfect my work and always look for new opportunities. Nevertheless, I can be recognized in all of the works.
What artists have influenced your work the most?
Alexander: Since my childhood, I have been influenced by Van Gogh, whom I have studied completely and copied almost all of the pictures by now. Later it was Jackson Pollock. There are also numerous contemporary artists to inspire you. For example, the Berlin artist Jonas Burgert, who maintains close contact with my academy and evaluates and discusses the students’ pictures. Another painter is that of the American Jose Parla, who reproduces so much power and dynamism. Today, Instagram gives you enormous possibilities and quick access to everything that is being brought to life in the world of art. That’s great, the disadvantage is that some of the art is only for the moment. Therefore, it is very important to stand out and to create really good and qualitative art.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Alexander: The interest in my work came suddenly and from all possible sides. We have been able to sell well in the last few months and there are already a few collectors among them. Buyers from politics, the music industry, and athletes have already purchased works from me. I never lose sight of my goal, these are my large paintings of up to 10 meters that I would like to exhibit in the near future.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Alexander: The best way to reach people is relatively easy. To be good and above all to be yourself.
What’s next for Alexander?
Alexander: The next projects are at least four exhibitions by summer 2021. Two are in Berlin in February. Another with the AK Galerie in Berlin and the Van Gogh Art Gallery in Madrid, I will be represented at the ARTFAIR Monaco with three paintings in summer 2021 and we may be to be discovered at the ART Karlsruhe 2021.
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