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Andre Kohn, 1972 | Ladies and hats

André Kohn, Russian painter🎨, was born in Stalingrad, but was raised in the southernmost region of the Former Soviet Union near the Caspian Sea.
He spent the first 12 years of his life surrounded by nature before moving with his family to Moscow in 1984.
The precise convergence of three dynamic forces-culture, environment and talent-combined to produce one of the most collected figurative painters on the American art scene today.
Raised by an artistically gifted family near the Caspian Sea in southern Russia, André Kohn’s childhood was marked by the natural splendor of mountains and sea, and by an unfettered access to all the creative arts.

His mother was a symphony violinist and his father a noted linguist, writer and sculptor. Both were educators trained in psychology who gave their only child unrestricted opportunity to explore the depths of art and his own obvious talent.

Paintings, sculpture and books filled the family’s tiny, one-bedroom home. It was a childhood without material possessions, but a childhood which taught him that the creative arts are the only true wealth. Kohn’s parents also encouraged their son to draw on any surface-including the wallpaper in their home-which they simply re-papered when he grew old enough to favor sketchbooks. His memory of childhood is that “music and art were everywhere”.
While always innovative in drawing and painting, Kohn’s professional art education began at age 15 when he was chosen to apprentice in the studios of Moscow’s most esteemed Impressionist and Social Realist artists.

At that time, Impressionism in Russia was nearing the end of a harmonic and prolific century-a prodigious period in Russian art that literally changed the world. Kohn’s childhood and art education corresponded with an eruption of cultural progress in all the arts, including ballet, literature, music and painting. He was principally influenced by such artists as

He followed the apprenticeships with a classical art education at the University of Moscow where he studied with members of the last great generation of Russian Impressionists.
With his talent already in evidence, he quickly earned an invitation from the Artist’s Union of Bulgaria (Europe) to stage a prestigious one-man show in one of their country’s major exhibition halls. Still in his first year of college, Kohn was the only student so honored for the year.

He fondly remembers the majesty of the University.
  • The experience was totally unique”, he has said. “The atmosphere was one of huge columns, marble floors and masterworks on the walls. Legends of the Russian art world walked the halls and discussed your work. It was a privilege to be there, and it laid the foundation for my entire career”.

However, fate soon dramatically redirected the young artist’s life and art. His father, a colonel in the Russian Army, was the first candidate to participate in the post-Cold War officer exchange program at the U.S. Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.
In 1993, while Kohn was in America visiting his parents, his father announced his intention to defect to the United States. Suddenly, the young artist realized he would never again be permitted to return to his homeland.
It took little time for American art audiences and media to discover the mature, fresh figurative painting style of the young Russian. His first one-man show in America created instant interest in his work and helped introduce Kohn to audiences in his adopted country.

Kohn remains a preeminent leader of Figurative Impressionism which seeks to capture the complexity as well as the simplicity and directness of the human form. “I’m seeking my own unique, poetic interpretation of the moment”, he says. “I’m striving to find the extraordinary in the ordinary”.
Despite Kohn’s unrepeatable pallet, personally developed style and unique interpretations of form, his education is enduring.
From his home in Arizona, Kohn travels the world for inspiration, periodically returning to France to continue his formal, classical studies.
Kohn’s work is represented by premier galleries in the United States and he is a regular contributor to invitational exhibitions. Kohn is a frequent subject of highly regarded art publications, and his unique ability to communicate the expressiveness of the human form has kept him a mainstay of private, corporate and permanent museum collections worldwide.

  • "Io cerco una interpretazione poetica di un momento che coinvolge la figura umana e le sue infinite varietà di gesti ed azioni"-André Kohn.
André Kohn è nato a Stalingrado nel 1972, ma ha vissuto nella regione meridionale dell'ex Unione Sovietica vicino al Mar Caspio.
Ha trascorso i primi 12 anni della sua vita in mezzo alla natura prima di trasferirsi con la famiglia a Mosca nel 1984.
Sua madre era una violinista e suo padre un noto linguista, scrittore e scultore.
Entrambi hanno contribuito alla formazione di André dandogli la possibilità di esplorare le profondità del suo talento.
All'età di 15 si è innamorato delle belle arti attraverso lo studio di artisti come Natalia Govrishenko e Anatoly Vrubel, da allora ha deciso di dedicare di contribuire alla bellezza con i suoi dipinti.
I suoi dipinti sono in collezioni private, aziendali e in musei in tutto il mondo compresa l'Europa, Canada, Russia, Australia, Giappone e Stati Uniti.
Kohn rimane un leader autorevole di un impressionismo figurativo che cerca di cogliere la complessità e la semplicità e l'immediatezza della forma umana.