Alexey Firsov is a Russian very fascinating abstract painter who pioneered his own hyper-impressionist artistic style self-called ‘Lavism’. The paint on his canvases spreads like volcanic lava and congeals on the surface in 3D shapes. It fully dries only in three years. The technique is distinguished by passionate brush strokes, explosive colors, and bold thick texture.

Alexey Firsov, 'Lavism' artist - portrait portfolio © Sasha Krasnov

Once, a friend of mine asked me to accompany her on a visit to a gallery owner and help photograph the paintings of her father, artist Leonid Borisov. I will write a separate blog post about him out of a fascination with his art. The gallery owner we were visiting exhibited his works which were supposed to be photographed for a catalog.

And so, we came to her house, set out the paintings and started shooting. Suddenly a strange man approached me from behind and asked:
Are you a photographer?
Yes.
I also used to enjoy shooting, but then give up on it. I took pictures of landscapes to memorize the workrooms I liked. And can you snap me as I have no good pictures of me at all?

Alexey Firsov works only outdoors. He tries to remove himself from civilization as far as possible and derives intense inspiration and energy from the wilds of the natural world. He seeks natural objects with a powerful mature and expressive character due to his belief that wild and unspoiled nature possesses greater harmony than the man-made world.

Alexey Firsov has almost never exhibited his works in Russia, assuming that they won’t fit in any gallery, but he is rather well-known abroad. His paintings are owned by such famous people as Prince Michael of Kent, Madonna, not to mention dozens of private collectors all over the world.

  • Camera: Pentax MZ-5N
  • Lens: Pentax 50mm F1.4
  • Film: Fomapan 100
// Sasha Krasnov