Alexander Lavrov

lavrovAlexander Lavrov was born in 1962 in Dalnee Konstantinovo village, Nizhny Novgorod region.
In 1979 he graduated the Gorkovsky School of Arts. During 1982–1985 he served in the Navy in Vladivostok.
He worked as a graphic designer for the Elektron cinema during 1987–1991; from 1989–1996 he also worked for publishing houses and designed books.
He’s held exhibits as a professional painter since 1986. Lavrov is one of the founders of the Ego and Decadence creative groups. He’s taken part in youth group exhibitions in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, and was a Kandinsky Prize nominee in 2009.

Gorky Automobile Plant (GAS)

The GAZ (Gorky Automobile Plant) was founded in Gorky City in 1932, at the time of industrialization. The plant’s history is closely connected with the history of Russia: it was the leading center of the Soviet car-making industry.
During perestroika it came across serious difficulties, but in 2000 the majority of shares were bought by Oleg Derepaska and Basic Element. This led to the complete reorganization of administration and production and, as a result, the plant became profitable by 2005. During the 2008 crisis, production was almost stopped.
Almost 80,000 of 100,000 workers lost their jobs. Now, only one out of four conveyors still works — and only on 2-3 days per month.
The plant has set up retraining programs for its workers aimed at teaching them new professions.
Inspired by the works of Ghanaian artists, painter Alexander Lavrov and two of his assistants — who had been fired from the GAZ and taken part in the retraining program — organized a small woodwork production company.

Many thanks for the constant support of the Redox firm and the Klim art studio.

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