Background: Alexei Antonov was born in Russia in 1957.
Education: In 1972 he entered the State Art College in Baku, where impressionistic, realistic and abstract art were taught. He garduated in 1976 and went to went to work at the Reseach Institute of Design in Moscow. From1986 to 1990 he lived in Moscow and worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for magazines published by the main Russian Press Agency, “Novosti” (News). He also designed posters for leading pop singers and rock groups during this period of time, but his most important work was the active and attentive study of the technique of the old masters such as Rubens, Van Dyke, and Snyders. This is when he met Nikolai Shurigin, a successful artist and Russian patriot, who, though younger than him, had already discovered much about this technique and was powerful both in his painting and in his personality. He learned much from and with him.
He left Russia for the first time in 1988, when he visited Italy to study the paintings in the museums and exhibit some of his own. In 1989 he opened Rubens Gallery in Moscow, under the sponsorship of the central youth newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. He also took part in numerous exhibitions in Moscow, which were covered by the Russian Press.
Achievements: His works are in private collections in many countries around the world.