Artist; Founder, Artenol
Alex Melamid has long been known in the art world for his partnership with fellow Russian artist Vitaly Komar, with whom he founded the Soviet Realist Pop art movement, Sots Art, which satirized Soviet Socialist Realism. During their almost 40 years of collaboration which ended in 2003, Komar and Melamid were noted as revolutionaries and, at times, rebels. In 2003, the duo decided to explore individual careers, and since that time Melamid has created a series of portrait paintings of American hip-hop stars and has promoted an arts healing ministry, declaring himself God Melamid. He is currently working on the new art publication, Artenol.