In the chaos of big cities, things tend to disappear. Once in a while, they reappear with layers of intricate pattern and faces and teeth. This is how you know that alesha has been there. This illusive artist abducts items from the street and transforms them into offbeat, captivating pieces of art.
Currently based in Kazan, Russia, alesha is a creature of the city. He’s lived in Russia, England, and New York, covertly bombing his art on their streets. He takes his inspiration from the direct environment around him. The shapes that he sees in architecture, street art, and nature find their way into abstract compositions. There are countless details and dimensions within his work. The layers of color and line and texture are seemingly infinite.
alesha chooses trashcans, wood panels and newspaper dispensers as his canvases. They are purely functional, common objects that he paints to be beautiful and uncommon. After hours of work in his studio, he delivers these pieces back to the street for the public to view. All he asks in return for his art is for people to pay attention.
“You can put 10 trashcans in a row and still people will throw trash on the ground.”-a