The child of Russian Serbian refugees who immigrated to the United States after World War II, Alexander Alferov grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and later, Los Angeles.
Alferov worked at Self Help Graphics & Art from 1987 to 2000 as an artist and curator, gaining exposure to the color and vibrancy, as well as the religiosity, of Mexican-American artists.
In 1990, he was invited to be artist-in-residence by the Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Philadelphia, where he created offset lithographs of his paintings. In 2005, Alferov was chosen as one of six artists to participate in The Wall/Las Memorias Project at Lincoln Park, Los Angeles. He created two monumental murals funded by the California Arts Council and the L.A. Citywide Mural Project.
Alferov's Madonna Project bridges the old with the contemporary, turning the traditional image of the Virgin Mary into an icon without borders. The vibrant colors and bold lines of the paintings recall Mexican depictions of the Virgin of Guadalupe, but the long faces and oval eyes evoke the gilded iconic image of Our Blessed Mother of God of the Russian Orthodox Church, where Alferov served as an altar boy.
Alferov's art is in numerous private and public collections.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records