The painter started to draw as a child. His youthful path to painting was through a math school and an Moscow Aviation Institute. It was only after military service that Alexander Zavarin made his decision to become a painter. He worked in a printing house and attended drawing classes at the Surikov Art College at night. He was an art designer at Mosfilm, the state movie-making studio in Moscow. He took several years of additional studies in oil painting and drawing before he entered the Stroganov Art College, interior design department with the sole purpose of acquiring a vocation in painting and drawing.
On graduating from the arts college, Alexander still worked in the variety of fieldswith a focused attention on painting. In the late 90’s his passion for oil painting forced-out everything else.
At first the painter was equally interested in the classic realism, Russian epic motives, portraits, and landscapes. Then, he started to experiment with abstract painting and various painting techniques. Gradually, two main styles – landscape
s and still life - started to prevail while the palette knife became his most favorite tool.
It is not that easy to specify Alexander’spainting style. Some of his paintings are meticulously detailed, some relatively expressed,while others being frequently imaginary or inspired by remembrances. But in all his works the hand of one artist is felt.
In addition to easel painting Alexander also paid tribute to monumental painting, taking part in several church interior decorations both in Moscow and its suburbs.
Alexander Zavarin taken part in a variety of exhibitions both in Russia and abroad. His worksare found in many private collections in Russia, Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, France, USA, Taiwan and other countries.
Alexander Zavarin lives and creates his artworks in Moscow.