Born in Russia, Alex Alferov earned a BFA from California State University at Northridge. From 1985 to 1990 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. He also worked at Self-Help Graphics in East Los Angeles 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 2005, Alferov was chosen as one of six artists to participate in The Wall / Las Memorias Project, at Lincoln Park. He created two monumental murals funded by the California Arts Council and the L.A. Citywide Mural Project. Alferov’s art is in numerous collections and his prints are part of the Los Angeles Museum Permanent Print Collection and the University of Santa Barbara Archives.
Throughout his artistic career, he has built a vision that combines his fascination with the abstract and his love of representational forms such as the wide-ranging expressiveness of the human face and body. The child of Russian refugees who immigrated into the United States after World War II, Alferov first grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and then moved to Los Angeles. He experienced the duality of the immigrant identity daily.