Ney, Alexander (1939- ) 1982 Composer
Alexander Ney (born in Leningrad, Russia) is an American sculptor and painter. He immigrated to the United States in 1974. Developing several individualistic styles in modern art, he is most famous for his unique work in terra cotta sculpture, involving heavily perforated surfaces and intriguing forms.
After being given private art lessons at the home of influential Russian sculptor V.V. Lishev, Ney studied at the Art School of the Leningrad Academy of Arts, and the Art School of the Surikov Moscow Art Institute. Ney befriended a wide number of progressive-minded art students, now stars of the contemporary Russian art scene such as Alexander Kosolapov, Leonid Sokov, Alexander Yulikov, Lev Nussberg and Vadim Kosmatschof. His relentless efforts in creating strikingly new interpretations of art quickly made the young artist legendary amidst his peers. In 1967 through 1969, Ney attended Art History and Theory courses at the Ilya Repin Institute. He continued to perfect his skills as both a painter and sculptor, as well as an art theoretician.