Alex Kvares was born in Kiev, Ukraine and has lived in the United States since 1990. Kvares received his BFA from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and his MFA from the University of Texas in Austin. His work has been exhibited at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Josee Bienvenu Gallery and Mulherin + Pollard in New York, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Judi Rotenburg in Boston, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, the Minsk Museum of Modern Art in Belarus and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, among others. His work has been included in several issues of New American Paintings. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute, NY and lives in Brooklyn.
Marked by a staggering amount of detail and an impossible amount of lines, Kvares’s drawings radiate a quietness and hypnotic power. In this series of works, Kvares uses an old book of graph paper, working grid by tiny grid to make what appear to be intricate maps or blueprints of some magnificent, cosmic creation. There’s a system within these beautiful works, which seems adhered to and subsequently ignored; each careful decision can be felt, as well as the hours spent creating them.
2016 Don't Get Up, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)