Moscow 1902 - Paris 1976
André Lanskoy was born on March 31th 1902. In 1919, the artist fled the Russian revolution going to Kiev. After a stay in Crimea, André Lanskoy reached Paris in 1921, where he stayed for the rest of his life. Soon the artist began to study painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Lanskoy's figurative paintings and still lives of that time were inspired by Van Gogh, Matisse and Soutine. In 1923 André Lanskoy was selected for the Salon d'Automne, where he was discovered by Wilhelm Uhde, who helped him with his first solo exhibition in 1925. During this time, Lanskoy exhibited his works with those of Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Léopold Survage, Ossip Zadkine and other Russian artists in Paris.
Soon Lanskoy's works could be found in museums and important private collections. Towards the end of the 1930?s the artist slowly gave up figurative painting, turning entirely to non-representational painting by 1943. In his continuous quest for new means of expression, he turned to the illustration of books, tapestries, mosaics and collages. André Lanskoy maintained a deep friendship with Nicolas de Staël, with whom he held a joint exhibition in 1948. During this time and the following decade, André Lanskoy gained international acclaim through exhibitions like the one of his latest works at the New York Fine Arts Associates in 1956.
André Lanskoy is also one of the leading exponents of Lyrical Abstraction within the École de Paris and was honored with numerous exhibitions. Thus, the artist participated in documenta II in 1958 alongside other artists and in the exhibition « Les Peintres Russes de l'Ecole de Paris » at the Saint-Denis museum in 1960. André Lanskoy died on August 22th 1976 in Paris.