"Color harmony goes beyond our logic and deals with us on the emotional, psychological, intuitive level. . . Color itself means nothing; [yet] color harmony is an artist's greatest tool to present emotions that create a mood and touch the soul. This is the artist's work—to find the harmony that will symbolize the artist's first, most distinctive impression which is meant to be shared."
Aleksander Titovets / Art of the West,
Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets left their homeland and the city of St. Petersburg where they had each studied to resettle in El Paso, Texas. Sixteen years later, Aleksander was invited to the White House to meet First Lady Laura Bush whose official portrait he would paint for the National Portrait Gallery. It was an extraordinary honor for the Russian who came to this country with twenty-five dollars, painted garage doors when he arrived, and in a few short years achieved national recognition as an artist.
As a painter, Aleksander gravitates to what he calls quiet paintings, paintings which reveal a reflective and optimistic spirit. His strong, confident brushstrokes and harmonic use of color create an inviting warmth that dominate even his signature winterscapes. Siberian born, Titovets received his Masters in Fine Arts from St. Petersburg University College of Fine Arts. His classical training reflects the Russian School of Oil Painting, a style that combines a powerful realistic involvement with the soft, lyrical looseness of impressionism.
Aleksander has participated in competitions with the National Academy of Design, in New York, and the Oil Painters of America. He won Best of Show in the International Fine Art Competition four years in a row among competitors in his region. For many years running, he has been selected as a guest artist for Great American Artists and Artists of America who honored him in 1998 with the Artists Choice Award. In 2007, he was commissioned to paint Laura Bush's portrait for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. His work was featured in "Aleksander Titovets' Past and Present" at the El Paso Museum of Art in 2014. Aleksander Titovets' work is included in public and private collections worldwide, including those of Sophia Loren and the former King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos.
Read about the unveiling of First Lady Laura Bush's Portrait
Listen to an interview with the National Portrait Gallery's Face-to-Face editor Benjamion Bloom (mp3, 4.6 MB)