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Alexei Maximov (enamelist)

Alexei Maximov is a Soviet-born enamellist[1] and oil painter.[2]


In his work Maximov has used traditional methods of enamel art production, without contemporary digital set ovens.[3][3] During the late 20th-century, Maximov led a resurgence of enamel-based art in Russia.[4] The first exhibition of Maximov’s work occurred at the Podolsk Town Museum in 1979, and the second was held in 1979 at the State Literature Museum in Moscow.[5] Another exhibition Maximov’s work took place at the Kremlin Armoury.[6] In 2012 an exhibition of his work was held in the William Kent House in London,[7] showing his enamel miniature portraits of members of the royal families of the UK, the Netherlands, and Norway.[8] This included the twentieth anniversary of his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as well as her Diamond Jubilee.[9] Following the exhibition of the works, which can only be seen by appointment, they were put up for auction.[10] Queen Elizabeth II recommended that Princess Anne sit for Maximov the following week, and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother later that month.[11] His work has been a part of around one hundred art exhibitions.[1]

Personal life

Alexei Maximov is from St. Petersburg, Russia.[7] In 1988 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Leningrad Committee of The Union of Russian Artists.[1]


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  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2019-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Fisher, Alexander (18 May 2016). "The Art Of Enameling Upon Metals". Read Books Ltd – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2019-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ a b Lusher, Adam (1 April 2012). "'Let them drink vodka': how the Queen Mother rewarded a Russian portrait artist" – via
  8. ^ "Alexei Maximov: Enamel â€" a delicate matter - New Style Magazine (english version)". 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Queen Mother's vodka toast to Russian artist". The Daily Telegraph. January 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "Kremlin's portraits of royals to fetch up to £10m".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2019-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)