Alex Kasyan

Born in Tbilisi Georgia in 1984, Alex Kasyan is a Montreal artist whose portraiture is animated through a soulful point of view that transcends geography. His fascination with painting people began at adolescence and since then, his focus and fascination with art has appreciated with each day. Kasyan remains ardently committed to the practice of representational painting and drawing rendered with a high sensitivity of tones, shapes, design and colour.

His collections of paintings and drawings all stem from his love and devotion to human anatomy, painting, drawing and the exploration of light. Kasyan studied Illustration at Dawson College and was hired by a publisher to illustrate posters and books. In 2007, Kasyan left Montreal to paint and draw in New York City where he attended classes at the National Academy of Design, the Water Street Atelier under Jacob Collins, the Grand Central Academy, as well as the Arts Students League under Nelson Shanks.

Kasyan’s paintings are executed in oil and his drawings in charcoal and graphite. In his eyes, realism is art created in its purest and most truthful form. When he paints or draws a subject, he recreates them and gives them a second life. His passion for representational painting and drawing comes from the satisfaction he receives when he makes his subjects come to life on canvas. Through Kasyan’s works you can sense his appreciation and fascination for the human form, anatomy and the way light illuminate his subject matter. His paintings are characterized by his level of sensitivity and his refined approach in tone and color selection which breathe life into them. His graphite and charcoal drawings are distinguished by the thoughtful hatching he uses to separate the contrasts in tones of the chosen subject matter.

Kasyan has taught painting workshops at Stewart Hall and Dawson College in Montreal. Since 2010, he teaches realist painting and drawing in his Montreal studio. Kasyan has exhibited his works at Gallery MAE, the Mile End Gallery, the Warren G Flowers gallery and The Musée du Bronze de Montréal.


2004-2007     Dawson College, Illustration & Design, Montreal

2007-2008     Grand Central Academy, New York

2007-2008     Water Street Atelie, New York

2008-2010     Concordia University, BFA (incomplete), Montreal

Solo Exhibitions

2008 Études. Warren G Flower Gallery, Montreal

2013 InMoods. Musée du bronze de Montréal

2016 Portraits de lʼInde, Galerie AmeArt, Montreal

Group Exhibitions

2012 Space. Warren G. Flower Gallery, Montreal

2017 Montreal Art Exhibited Galerie MAE, Montreal

2017 ART CRU Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal

2018 FIGURE AND SPACE Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal

2018 IN PRAISE OF THE MODEL Gallery AmeArt, Montreal