Born in 1981 in Pensa, Russia, the son of an artist couple – father and mother icon painter – is a child of his time. Galerist Johannes Zielke sees Khesin’s new works as “only consistent”, which he sees in the tradition of American colour field painters. Ad Reinhardt, for example, revolutionized art history with his Black Paintings, just as Mark Rothko did with his black triptych, which he created in 1971 for a chapel in Houston, Texas. “For me, Lev is one of the few artists for whom the term ‘avant-garde’ still applies today,” explains Zielke.
Khesin has completed study trips in the US and Japan, and his works have also been exhibited in Italy, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia, attracted wide attention everywhere.