Alexander Koltakov, is a Canadian artist, born in Crimea, who came to Canada in 2012 by way of Israel, where he lived for 17 years. In Canada, Toronto was his home for many years, until 2016 when he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he continues to paint and sculpt.
As a child in Crimea, well known for its wonderful mountains and sea views, Alexander’s grandfather introduced him to painting at a young age and he fell in love with the creative pursuit. During his school years, Kotakov studied painting in the art studio of the Crimean artist, N. Papias.
In Canada, Alexander took a number of art courses in Toronto School of Art and continued to paint and develop his skills and talents as a painter. His primary work is typically acrylic or oil on canvas an impressionist style paintings, depicting scenes of nature and people’s views, also his special interest in working with plaster on wood reliefs. Three-dimensional paintings, as he calls them.
Alexander Koltakov participated in many plein-air and live painting events in Nova Scotia and Ontario, including:
“Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, Parrsboro, NS, 2017, 2018, 2020”,
“Paint Peggy’s Cove Plein Air Event 2017-2019,
“Pre-shrunk” 2019, Annual show of small paintings, Argyl Fine Art gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada, Jan 2019,
“Annual Paint Sea on Site”- Art Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia- September 2018,
“Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Canada, October 2016 “Art World Expo Toronto 2015” – life painting performance – October 2015 “Group show Art of Food” – Urban Gallery, Toronto, On, Canada – September 2014,
and many others.
Alexander also won First Place at the Fast Painting event- Winding River Art Gallery, NS, Canada- Nov 2018.
The artworks of Alexander Koltakov are presented in art galleries of Nova Scotia, such as Teichert Gallery, Lunenburg Art Gallery, Art Zone Art Gallery, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, and in private collections all over the world.