Алексей Зайцев was born in Ryazan, Russia. He graduated in 1983 from the Ulianov Art School and worked as a book and magazine illustrator at the Union of Journalists of the USSR. In 1990, Alexi Zaitsev began to show his work at various fine art exhibitions and soon became one of the most talked about young Russian artists. Alexi Zaitsev`s works are in the permanent collections of the Institute of the Russian Economy and Culture, the Russian Embassy in Ireland, the Russian Embassy in Hungary and The Art Centre of Belfast, Ireland. Several of his works are in the fine art collections of major corporations such as Bayer AG (Germany) and Rand Xerox (USA). He is held in the official art collection of the First President of Russia Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin - Kremlin, Moscow.