â€śI was always drawn to social and informational products. I like posters, advertisements, comics, political slogans. I use the shared language of modern mass culture, addressed to an anonymous viewerâ€¦ All these elements (of mass culture) are reflected in my Sots-art and pop-art works.â€ť
Born in 1943
Alexander Semyonovich Kosolapov graduated from the sculptural department of the Stroganov Art School in 1969. He has worked in the realm of Sots-art since 1972, combining the visual products of the communist ideology with the products of western mass-culture in his works. In 1975 he immigrated to the US. He has taken part in many artistic exhibitions in a number of European countries and in the United States. The artistâ€™s works have been exhibited in the worldâ€™s leading museums and private collections. The artistic forms created by Kosolapov, including â€śLenin and Coca-Cola,â€ť â€śMarlboro Malevich,â€ť â€śLenin Mickey Mouse,â€ť have been widely distributed and mass produced into souvenirs and posters.
From 1999-2000 he worked in New York and in Moscow. Kosolapovâ€™s work, which is connected with the use of religious symbols, became cause for attacks from the Russian church organizations against the artist and the organizers of his exhibitions.
â€śThis work (Lenin and Coca Cola) is a collage of a profile of Lenin and the Coca-Cola logo. The reassuring motto of Coca-Cola, â€śItâ€™s the Real Thing,â€ť also relates to Lenin, and these two are becoming mutually replaceable, like the products of mass culture. In creating this radical collage, the artist implied that despite the conflicts of the relationship between the two systems, the distinctive signs of which are its symbols, their main goal - to convince the population in the authenticity and honesty of their goods â€“ undoubtedly coincide.â€ť Margarita Tupitsina.