LOBANOV alexandre pavlovitch

1924 . mologa . russia

2003 . afonino . russia

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Having suffering from meningitis at the age of seven, Alexander Lobanov became deaf-and-mute. When he was twenty-three, his family had him committed to a psychiatric hospital because of his rebellious and aggressive behavior. During the early years, Alexander Lobanov was often agitated and violent, then he seemed to accept his destiny gradually and withdrew into himself. At the age of thirty, he began drawing.In the beginning he never showed his drawings. Once they were finished, he put them in a small suitcase that he never left. In the seventies, he became passionate about photography and created many photographic portraits for which he would stage himself, creating his own environment constituted by firearms and guns from cardboard paper, but also drawings and ornamental symbols originally used by the communist propaganda. His artistic production consists of several thousands of drawings.