Alexander Ponomarev

Multidisciplinary contemporary visual artist; nautical engineer and experienced submariner; Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France; Member of the Russian Academy of Art; and Global Thinker (so named by Foreign Policy magazine).



Born in Dnepropetrovsk (USSR, Ukraine) in 1957, Alexander graduated from the Odessa Higher Engineering Marine School in 1979, worked as a naval officer on submarines and ships, and then devoted himself to art.

Over 30 years, he has organized more than 100 art projects, exhibitions, and events. His projects have been implemented in some of the world’s most remote locations, such as the Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica, and Sahara desert.

In 2014, with the support of the AVC Charity Foundation, Alexander Ponomarev established the first supranational pavilion — The Antarctic Pavilion — in Venice.

Ponomarev’s artworks are included in the permanent collections of the Louvre Museum (France), the New National Museum of Monaco, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Georges Pompidou (France), Zimmerli Museum (USA), the National Museum of Singapore, the Louise T Blouin Foundation (UK), the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Grand Duke (Luxembourg), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Russia), the State Russian Museum (Russia), etc.

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