Alexander Deriev is the editor and publisher of the online and in-print journal of poetry, translation and art Ars Interpres, originating in Stockholm, music producer, and a renowned icon painter. The icons painted by him can be found in many churches in the Holy Land, USA and Europe, as well as in private collections. A new book of John Kinsella's poems entitled Icononotes (accompanied by Alexander Deriev’s icons) will be released later this year both in English and Swedish.
Alexander Deriev was born in Kazakhstan, the former USSR. Influenced by Pavel Zaltsman, then the only remaining living follower of Pavel Filonov, he began to study painting in 1980. After studying the art of icon painting (or icon writing as the correct term is) with some influential icon masters in Russia, Alexander Deriev began painting icons in the mid-1980s.
In the 1990s, Alexander Deriev published several books including Who Is Who in the Churches of Jerusalem and How to Write Icons. In 1994, he also co-edited an English-Russian newsletter Joy of Resurrection (1994). That same year Alexander Deriev recorded his first CD entitled Russian Sacred Masterpieces, which features music performed by the Choir of St. Thaddeus. So far, Alexander Deriev has compiled and produced over 50 CDs for both several Israeli companies and The Divine Art Record Company in the UK. All these CDs emphasize rich musical traditions of various Christian denominations.
Since 1999, Alexander Deriev lives in Sweden, where he teaches icon painting in different institutions across Scandinavia, produces recordings of liturgical music, and publishes Ars Interpres – a literary journal founded in 2003. In addition to being the founding editor of Ars Interpres, Alexander Deriev is also a member of the editorial advisory board of a couple of international literary reviews.
In 2006, an interview with Alexander Deriev by Marcus Grodi was featured on The Journey Home EWTN TV show.
If you are a
group of 15 - 18 people, Alexander and his staff are prepared to come from
Stockholm, Sweden, to your own hometown parish. Just send an e-mail with
preferred dates and location and we will work out a plan together.
of recommendation by Anders Arborelius, ocd,
With this letter
I would like to recommend Mr Alexander Deriev and the courses in icon-painting
that he is offering. Mr Deriev has a long experience of this art and he
has also profound knowledge about the theology and spirituality of the
icons. Through his courses he can contribute to better understanding of
and dialogue with the tradition of the Eastern church.
"We hope that
the iconographic works of our days represented by this work
Alexander conducting Icon Painting Workshop
in the Sweden's maximum security Kumla Prison.