The precise convergence of three dynamic forces—culture, environment, and talent—combined to produce one of the most collected figurative painters on the American art scene today. Raised by an artistically gifted family near the Caspian Sea in southern Russia, Andre Kohn’s childhood was marked by an unfettered access to all the creative arts. His mother—a symphony violinist—and his father, a noted linguist and writer, encouraged their only child to explore the limits of his artistic talents. His childhood had few material possessions, but paintings, sculpture and books filled the family’s tiny, one-bedroom home. It was here he learned that creative arts are the only true wealth.
Always innovative in drawing and painting, Kohn’s professional art education began at 15 when he was chosen to apprentice in the studios of Moscow’s most esteemed Impressionist and Social Realist artists. His art education corresponded with an eruption of cultural progress in all the arts, including ballet, literature, music and painting.
He followed his apprenticeships with a classical art education at the University of Moscow where he studied with members of the last great generation of Russian Impressionists. He fondly remembers the majesty of the University. “The experience was totally unique,” he says. “The atmosphere was one of huge columns, marble floors and masterworks on the walls. Legends of the Russian art world walked the halls and discussed your work. It was a privilege to be there, and it laid the foundation for my entire career.”
However, fate soon dramatically redirected the young artist’s life and art. His father, a colonel in the Russian Army, was the first candidate to participate in the post-Cold War officer exchange program at the U.S. Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1993, while Kohn was in America visiting his parents, his father announced his intention to defect to the United States. Suddenly, the young artist realized he would never again be permitted to return to his Homeland.
It took little time for American art audiences and media to discover Kohn’s mature, fresh figurative painting style. His first one-man show created instant interest in his work and helped introduce Kohn to audiences in his adopted country. Today, Kohn is a preeminent leader of Figurative Impressionism which seeks to capture the complexity and simplicity of the human form. “I’m seeking my own unique, poetic interpretation of the moment,” he says. “I’m striving to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”
Despite Kohn’s unrepeatable pallet, personally developed style, and unique interpretation of form, his art education is enduring. From his home in Arizona, Kohn travels the world for inspiration and periodically returns to France to continue his formal, classical studies. Due to his travels, his widely popular style has a European influence with a Modern impressionist flare.
Kohn’s work is now represented by premier galleries in the United States (including his own), he is a regular contributor to invitational exhibitions and is a frequent subject of highly regarded art publications. His unique ability to communicate the expressiveness of the human form has kept him a mainstay in private, corporate and permanent museum collections worldwide. Andre resides and paints at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he also owns his own gallery: Andre Kohn Fine Art.
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte
The Andre Kohn Fine Art Gallery is an upscale online fine art boutique based in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the premiere destination for original, abstract contemporary and figurative works of art. The gallery collection combines an appreciation for traditional techniques with a modern and contemporary flare.
With the creative mind of the artist and owner Andre Kohn, a handful of internationally recognized artists were joined together to offer a unique collection focusing on truly exquisite art, marked by unsurpassed and unmistakable talent. We strive to make a difference by presenting clients with the opportunity to acquire the finest selections of Abstract Contemporary, French Impressionist and figurative works of art available.
Our purpose is to educate and expand the appreciation for fine art, while enhancing the private collections of both discerning and beginning collectors alike. We understand the importance of variety and uniqueness in the purchase of each and every piece. We want to provide a unique experience, not simply a purchase. In addition, for those collectors seeking traditional Russian art, we have our own connoisseurs’ vault including privately owned Russian Impressionist works dating from 1930-1970 available for viewing and purchasing.
Along with original art, our online gallery provides custom services tailored to each client, including private in-home or by phone consultations, digital interior renderings and one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces. Providing the utmost care for our clients’ acquisitions, we ensure professional fine art packaging, framing, crating and worldwide shipping. We assist with the collecting process from start to finish by offering fine-tuned attention and personal assistance.
With our commitment to detail, precision and innovation, we are here to assist with every step of the process, including custom framing and personalized placement, which will turn original works of art into a highlighted feature in a variety of interiors, regardless of the style or the space available.
Whether you are a fine art connoisseur or a beginning collector, we can help you grow and expand your private art collection in accordance with the highest museum quality standards.
-Jessie Stapley / Gallery Director