Alexander BRODSKY b. 1955

Alexander BRODSKY is one of Russia’s most prominent architects and sculptors. One of the original ‘paper architects’ of Moscow Conceptualism, Brodsky first emerged in the public eye during the late 1970s and achieved considerable prominence in the West, particularly in New York. In 1972, whilst a student at the Moscow Institute of Architecture, he met fellow student and Russian artist Ilya Utkin, with whom he collaborated with for the next two decades. Together, they developed a distinct practice which combined fine art and architecture, resulting in large scale copper-plate etchings of surreal, elaborate and ultimately impossible architectural designs.


Today, Brodsky remains hugely influential. In 2000 he opened his architectural practice in Moscow, where he continues to work. He is known for his dense sophisticated etchings, sculptural reliefs of unfired clay and wire, fantastical architectural models and immersive, story-telling life scale installations, that reflect and reimagine the experience of living under a totalitarian regime.