Aleksander Titovets was born and raised in a cabin in a Siberian forest in Russia. When he was ten, his parents moved to St. Petersburg, where he later earned both bachelors and masters degrees from the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) State University College of Fine Art. His classical art skills reflect the Russian School of Oil Painting, a style that combines a powerful realistic involvement with the soft, lyrical looseness of impressionism.
Titovets credits his early success to the teaching of his professor, Leonid Krivitsky, whom he later worked with when he joined the faculty at the College of Fine Arts. Titovets was also honored in Russia with membership in the prestigious Union of Artists of the USSR.
Titovets immigrated to the United States with his wife, Lyuba, from Russia in 1992. Leaving behind family, financial security and professional respect, the couple arrived with five paintings and less than $100 in their pocket. They had no long range plans, only a desire to paint professionally. They began by using their apartment balcony, one at a time, as their studio. Within a year, Titovets had earned enough prize money from craft fairs and juried shows to replenish supplies and to purchase new materials.
By 1996, he was invited to show his work at the prestigious Artists of America Show in Denver, Colorado. Two years later, he won the Artists Choice Award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon an artist by his peers. Titovets has participated in competitions with the National Academy of Design, in New York, and the Oil Painters of America. He won Best of Show in the International Fine Art Competition four years in a row among competitors in his region, and for many years running, was selected as a guest artist for Great American Artists and Artists of America. His work is included in public and private collections worldwide, including those of actress Sophia Loren and the King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos.
Although the painter now resides in El Paso, Texas, and has begun to be influenced by his surroundings in the desert Southwest, he finds his inspiration in memories of his homeland and painters such as Titian and Velasquez. His reserve of roughly 100 sketches, precious documents of earlier travels, has been the basis for his brilliant, nostalgia-colored creations. He explains, “Like all artists, I am more comfortable painting what I know.”
Titovets likes to create what he calls “quiet paintings.” “I hate action. Also, I don’t want to do bright colors, which remind me of big signs in the supermarket saying ‘sale.’ Life is so intense and so speedy now, you need time to reflect on who you are and what is your purpose.”