Born in Moscow in 1969, Alexey Terenin was raised in Prague. The son of an architect, he graduated from the Moscow Architectural Academy in 1992. Upon graduating, he was invited to design a stage set for Moscow’s State Bolshoi Theater’s production of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Capriccio. Terenin began his career as a painter in 1992 with shows at the prestigious Moscow galleries, Art Moderne and M’Ars. Although Terenin has never practiced as an architect, the training he received is evident in much of his work. His gothic inspired structures are clearly influenced by his adoptive city. Terenin’s world is a rich mixture of both the old East and modern West. He sees his work as reflecting the conditions of modern man, yet his work is full of Biblical references as well as Russian literature. One cannot escape a distinct sense of history in his work. But, whose history? This world of dreamy stillness, at times, reminiscent of the work of Balthus, is somehow strangely familiar. As though Terenin has tapped into a collective consciousness, of a time and place we have all visited but cannot quite remember. Alexey Terenin now divides his time between, Prague and Moscow.
Terenin has show in galleries all over the world, including Moscow, Prague, London, Dublin, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and now Norfolk. His work can be found, in both private, and corporate collections in Australia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, U.K. and in the U.S.A.