Born in 1951 Moscow, Russia.
Alexey haven’t got a formal education in the fine arts but since the early 1970’s he learnt the style of old icon-painter masters.
His first icon (wood, canvas, gesso, tempera) was created in 1974.
He became a member of the Union of Artists of Russia under the UNESCO International Federation of Artists in 1977
He was honored by being blessed by His Holiness Alexey II the Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia in January 1995.
Since 1996, he was making the icons in a style of late XVIII-XIX century’s masters. But in 1998 he returned to the creation of icons with white background. For this moment he created more than 500 icons, inclusive of over 25 triptych-icons. His icons look old-time and very similar to the original icons of the 16th century.
Most works are in private collections in Russia, USA and throughout Europe. His works are placed in Churches, Temples and Monasteries also.
The artist-restorer, the member of the Grabar’s Art Conservation Center, Honored Cultured of the Russian Federation, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, laureate of State prizes, the recognized authotity of the art-restorers world Adolf N. Ovchinnikov says about Alexey's works: “Aleksey Kudlay is the master of popularization of the ancient Russian art who adds his author’s elements there and brings this culture in the everyday life of Russian people.”
Another famous restorer, the Chairman of the Collectors’ club of the Russian Cultural Foundation, Honored Cultured of Russia, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS), holder of the order of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow Saveliy V. Yamshikov wrote:
“Dear Aleksey, I used to send introductory articles to the previous catalogues of the icons painted by you. I am not in the habit of making a formal reply just for my friends’ pleasure; still then, I could see not only broken concepts in your creative work but sincere effort and purity of spiritual thought in icon painting. I did not accept totally everything that you used to do in your early creative period, but your hankering after the work in this gracious field promised fruitful and mature results. As soon as I got in touch with you closer, I saw your commitment to everything related to Russian icon, and what a good listener you were trying not to miss a word from your companion’s speech, not to miss anything which could help you in your future work; day by day I was becoming more convinced of your sincerity and love which were also presented in your work. … Today, dear Aleksey, I can say wholeheartedly that I fond of your icons because of your genuine devotion to your god-given work, for humbleness and sincerity of your festive painterly thought. … Faith and hardworking are always with you, and they are the main guarantee of fruitful creation. God help you in your hard but noble and joyous labor.”
The letters of gratitude from: George Herbert Walker Bush, White House, 1993, William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, White House, 1995, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Vatican, 1995, Al Gore, Washington, US, 1996, Juan Antonio Samaranch, The International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne, Switzerland, 1996, Federico Mayor, The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France, 1996, Mary Francis, The Buckingham Palace, 1996, and many others.
More detailed www.kudlay.ru .
Ogoniok magazine (№32, 1998) https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2285966,
Russkie - http://www.russkie.org/index.php?module=fullitem&id=6684,
Kommersant - http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/49171 and others.
Since the early 1970’s he learnt the style of old icon-painter masters
But he haven’t got a formal education in the fine arts
For the period 1993 - 2012 seven catalogues of works were published. For now the catalogue copies (Alexey Koudlay/ Alexey Kudlay “Modern Icons”/“Modern Russian Icons”) are in collections of The White House Library, Washington (since 1993), The Library of Congress, European & Latin American Acquisitions Division, Central & East European Acquisitions Section, Washington, DC, US (since 1995), The National Museum of American History Library, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (since 1995), The Library of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC (since 1996), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Thomas J. Watson Library, New York, NY, US (since 1996), The New York Public Library, New York, NY, US (since 1994), The Boston Public Library, Central Library, Rare Book and Manuscripts Department, Boston, Massachusetts, US (since 1995), The Harvard College Library, Slavic Division, Cambridge, MA, USA (since 1996), The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Library, Philadelphia, PA, US (since 1995), The George Washington University, The Gelman Library, Washington, DC, US (since 1996), The Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, US (since 1997), The University of Miami Library, Coral Gables, Florida, US (since 1996), The National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (since 1996), The National Library of France, Paris, France (since 1996), The Victoria University of Wellington Library, Wellington, New Zealand (since 1996), La Trobe University, Department of Art History, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia (since 1997), The Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Sao Paulo, Library, Brazil (since 1996), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), Kyoto, Japan (since 1996), Sotheby’s, in all Art Departments (since 1996), The Library of the Queen’s House, Buckingham Palace, London, UK (since 1996), Tate Gallery, the Library, London, UK (since 1996), Vatican, the Library (since 1998) and in many other collections.
In total, more than 6000 copies of catalog are in collections throughout the world. Many people who has ever seen catalogue say, “At first sight I thought that these are illustrations of original icons of the 16th century”
2017 autumn, «Creating the olden time», the Museum of Russian Icon, Moscow, Russia
2015 June, Modern Russian Icons, Kudlay Gallery, centre “Sfera”, Moscow, Russia
1994 February, Art-Pictures Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1992 March, Foto-Expo Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1993 Summer, Modern Russian Icon, The State Scientific Research Institute of Restoration, Moscow, Russia
1993 Summer, The Metropolitan Palace the Department of old-Russian Art of Yaroslavl Art Museum, Yaroslavl, Russia
1993 December, Central House of Artist, Moscow, Russia
Since 1992 to 1994 active participated in other exhibitions in Moscow (Russia), Yaroslavl (Russia) and Washington (USA).