Alexei Maximov

(b. 1952) - Artist, designer

Winner of international awards. Member of the Union of Russian Artists.
Lives and works in St. Petersburg.
Participated in more than a hundred art exhibitions (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riga, Vilnius,
Erfurt, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Limoges, Sydney, Toronto, New York, London etc.)

Personal Exhibitions and Awards:

1978
Podolsk Town Museum
1978
State Literature Museum, Moscow
1982
International Award for Remarkable
Artistic Achievement on the III Quadriennale
of Applied Arts in Erfurt, Germany
1988
Grand Prix of the Leningrad Committee
of The Union of Russian Artists
1990
State Literature Museum of Dostoyevsky,
St Petersburg

1991
The Moscow Kremlin Museums
1993
The Stadtsparkasse Exhibition,
Herdecke, Germany
1994
The Moscow Kremlin Museums
1996
Ante Galerie, Dortmund, Germany
1998
Villa Mullensiefen, Witten, Germany
2012
«Royal Portraits», William Kent House,
the Ritz, London

Works by A. Maximov are in the collections:

| State Museum of the History of St Petersburg | State Literature Museum, Moscow |
| State Literature Museum of Dostoyevsky, St Petersburg |
| State Historical Museum, Moscow | The Moscow Kremlin Museums |
| State Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow | All-Russia Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow |
| Municipal Museum of Limoges, The Enamel Museum, Limoges |
| Collection of Queen Elizabeth II, London |

Enamel, the Combination of Elements

Enamel appears in fire. The material is fluid and soft. Like a drop of water, it refracts light and reflects the sky. It is like sky, the blue, light blue and violet colours suit it, although it can also be grey or purple. Enamel is luminous. Small spots or minute strokes, which create an image, vibrate like air, they fill in the space of a little plate with air. You look at a miniature and you see the entire world, something that a glancing eye is unable to mention. I used to work with a temperature self-adjusting oven, later with a computerized one. And now I use the simplest of them all, without any tempe-

rature control. There is a certain contact with the oven; the contact gives a precise signal, which is like a click. The click means that the time has come. Enamel cools down so beautifully, fresh from the oven... At first, the image is pale, but later the colours develop and become brighter. You have a feeling that this colour will never change, it will be the same tomorrow and a century later. Enamels, appeared in the XVIIth century as well as those in the Xth century, didn’t change at all.

Alexei Maximov

"In 1991 the Kremlin Armory Chamber staged his personal exhibition.
That was the first temporary exhibition of modern art shown in the Armoury,
together with works of famous Russian and European masters.
The artist has deserved this privilege because of his masterly use of the
most difficult technique of enamel combined with the depth substance."

Irina A. Rodimtseva
Director The State Museum of the Moscow Kremlin