Alisher Kushakov was born in 1988 in Jizzakh (Uzbekistan) and studied at Saratov Art School in Environmental Design 2005-2009. On graduating from the Art School, he was engaged in graphic design. Having moved to Moscow, he entered the British Higher School of Art and Design, the Visual Communications course (2010-2012).
For the last two years he has been practicing only painting and graphics.
Kushakov works mainly in the realm of painting, where he experiments with his materials and media, as well as the traditional painting techniques. Trained as a painter, as well as a graphic designer, Kushakov treats his subject matter freely and masterfully.
His paintings appear vague and dreamy, like evanescent but still vivid memories – a collection of simple fragments and characters – that comprise our life experiences. His figures and shapes flow naturally from an almost random composition of scratchy and evocative brush strokes.His muted colours with just a few bright highlights support the suggestive depth and allusiveness of a dreamlike memory, a story on the edge of imagery and feeling. Kushakov’s free, saturated, dreamy style is easily recognisable both in his portraiture and landscape.
In 2015/16 he held his own solo exhibitions in Moscow and St. Petersburg.