Alexander Deriev is an icon painter, music producer and the former editor and publisher of the online and in-print international journal of poetry, translation and art Ars Interpres, originating in Stockholm.
The icons painted by him can be found in many churches in the Holy Land, USA and Europe, as well as in private collections.
Alexander Deriev was born in Ukraine, the former USSR, but grew up in Kazakhstan. 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 painters, 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. That same year Alexander Deriev recorded his first CD entitled Russian Sacred Masterpieces. 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 with his late wife, an Odessa-born poet and writer Regina Derieva, lives in Sweden, where he teaches icon painting in different institutions across Scandinavia, and publishes Ars Interpres Publications book series.
A book of John Kinsella's poems entitled Icononotes (accompanied by Alexander Deriev’s icons) was produced in 2012. In 2006, an interview with Alexander Deriev by Marcus Grodi was featured on The Journey Home EWTN TV show.
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letter I would like to recommend Mr Alexander Deriev and the courses
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Mr Deriev will be able to help many interested persons to paint
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Alexander conducting Icon Painting Workshop