Ivan Alifan was born in August 1989 in Rostov on Don, Russia. He studied for a B.F.A. in Drawing & Painting at the OCADU University in Toronto, Canada and Florence, Italy. A recipient of numerous awards such as the 2013: Mercedes Benz Financial Services Award, the “Untapped” Emerging Artist Project Award, the Nora E. Vaughan Award and the OCADU Grad Ex Medal Award Winner, Ivan has exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, Russia, Italy, the US and selected art publications. He is currently living and working in New York and is son of the Russian painter Anna Razumovskaya.
In his own words:
To have a painting that can exist as an alluring object and shift into an eroticized figure disarms and naturalizes the modern gaze; decriminalizing sex in art. Whether an individual sexualizes the figure, or becomes embarrassed and nervous by the mere suggestion, this is all a process which occurs independently from the painting. Breaking down barriers of the different modes in which the body can exist in social spheres and contemporary art.
All images © Ivan Alifan