About the artist Alexander Royzman
Marina and Alexander Royzman
Though they have spent the last 25 years in New York, the artist couple Marina and Alexander Royzman originally hail from Odessa and started their artistic careers in the Soviet Union at a young age. Both are academically trained, having earned degrees from art academies. While Marina Royzman initially worked as a book illustrator, Alexander Royzmann focussed mainly on sculpting, in addition to painting, photography and filmmaking. The couple work in steel and bronze or a combination of the two and derive inspiration from Jeff Koons. Unlike Koons, however, the couple do not reinterpret everyday art objects but rather major works from other eras. This has led to the creation of Apollo, Venus and Hera, a Sphinx and the Somnabolist, which clearly references Rodin's The Thinker. The Narcissus sculpture brings to mind Andy Warhol, not merely through the 'Campbell's Can'. In this regard, the Royzmans clearly distinguish themselves from pop art, as they feel a stronger kinship with the new Neo-Geo movement.
The works of Marina and Alexander Royzman have appeared in exhibitions and art fairs in Paris, London and Cologne.