Krasky Art



Councilman Bob Coffin about Alex Krasky Art on Channel 2

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Meeting with Mayor. Councilman Bob Coffin about Alex Krasky Art on Channel 2


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Nevada Battle Born Magazine about Alex Krasky's Art

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LAS VEGAS – In honor of the Nevada National Guard’s work around the world and the military’s discovery of Osama Bin Laden’s hiding place, Las Vegas painter Alex Krasky is nearing completion of his work, “United We Stand”. Krasky is a Russian who has lived in the United States for 10 years. He paints “everything that inspires me, including the U.S. military.” Krasky invites all Nevada Guard Soldiers and Airmen to see his painting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at his gallery.

Photo: Courtesy of Krasky Collection

Battle Bortn Magazine Summer 2011 ( Page 5 )

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Columbus Entertainment Magazine about Alex Krasky's Art

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”America in My Eyes” embodies the values of this great country – the liberty, the freedom, and the courage.

Alex captures his subjects with brush strokes and hopes one day his art and story will be shared with the world; bringing color, beauty, hope and the message of never giving up.

He wants to share his amazing journey and his art with people. Alex believes that he has been blessed and hopes one day to be able to repay all the blessings that have been bestowed upon him.

His latest project (video)‘’ United We Stand’’, is devoted to our soldiers.

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Summerlin South View newspaper about Alex Krasky's Art

Immigrant artist is drawn to create work based on US

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All his life, Alex Krasky wanted to be an American.

Now that he has been granted U.S. citizenship, he's so proud of the red, white and blue that he's using his talent to create a 4-foot-by-6-foot patriotic oil painting he hopes to hand over personally to President Obama.

"This is the country of miracles," he said.

He has an exhibition coming up when Cosmopolitan Connections Inc. is scheduled to host an artist exhibition event from 7 to 9 p.m. April 21 at Caramel Bar & Lounge inside the Bellagio. Admission to the business mixer is free, but space is limited. RSVPs are required by visiting

The Summerlin resident recently was in the running with four other painters to be the official portrait artist for outgoing Gov. Jim Gibbons. His version was not selected, but Gibbons personally went to his house to receive it.

Krasky's zest for all things American stems from his experiences. As a youngster in Russia's Crimea region -- now part of Ukraine -- he had a privileged childhood, the son of a surgeon father and a mother who was a doctor. They lived in various parts of the world before returning to Crimea. At 27, Krasky, a fireman who was on the Russian radar for speaking out against some government policies, knew he had to flee the country. The idea to emigrate to the United States took root.

But visas were hard to come by, so in 1997, he traveled to Argentina. From there, he applied for visas to other countries, eventually hopscotching his way through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, a month at a time.

"I told them, 'If I go back to my country, I'll be killed tomorrow,' " he said.

But the expected visa to travel to Mexico did not materialize. Krasky suspected that the numerous stamps on his passport raised a red flag.

He found a coyote -- a person willing to act as a guide to a possible border-crossing site -- and paid him $300. After walking for hours through the desert, half of it carrying a sick 5-year-old, Krasky and his fellow travelers got on a bus, only to be stopped by the authorities.

"They said we were spies," he said, adding that he suspected the coyote had sold them out.

He was thrown in a Mexican jail. All his attempts to talk his way out were fruitless. Finally, he succumbed to the most immediate method available: he paid his jailers a bribe. He was set free.

Krasky reached California by traveling up Baja California and walking up to the U.S. border police at Tijuana. He had purposely consumed a quart of tequila before approaching the guards with a story of partying too hard and ended up regurgitating all over the place. The border guards promptly passed him through, thinking him to be an American.

"It was the most idiotic plan, a stupid plan, but it worked," he said.

When he landed at Laguna Niguel, Calif., an upscale community, he was struck by all the freedoms Americans enjoy.

"But the way I imagined the U.S., it was totally different," he said. "It was like (I expected) money would grow on trees."

He put his nose to the grindstone, got a green card and worked in federal security services for the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Social Security Administration and a Veterans Affairs clinic.

He moved to Las Vegas, married and became a citizen last year. But it took being laid off for two years for his artistic talent to emerge and emerge with a vengeance. The little boy who used to doodle with his pencil suddenly discovered a passion for art and a passion to succeed at it. He took four one-hour lessons to learn oil painting techniques, but Jan Bennett, the instructor at Desert Art Supplies, 2003 E. Charleston Blvd., sent him home and said she couldn't teach him anything he didn't already have inside him.

"He brought in a picture of a young child, done in acrylics," said Bennett. "I was just in awe of it. But he wasn't very confident of himself. He looked at me kind of funny like, 'Is this good or is it not good?' "

His wife, Debra, a nurse, said the house has been turned into a gallery since he began painting. She is the subject of some of them.

"I don't need to buy decorations or someone else's art," she said.

When Michael Jackson died, the event prompted Krasky to paint the pop icon nonstop. He completed nine full-size paintings and has nearly a dozen yet to go. His house is covered wall to wall with nudes, portraits and studies.

"Life is un-reversible," he said of his drive to create as many paintings as he can.

Upon seeing some of his art, Bonnie Lamrock of wrote to him, saying, "You will shake the president's hand. Have faith and never give up. If you believe ... then it will come true with hard work and dedication. You have certainly given both."

His latest passion: the oversized painting that depicts Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush and Barack Obama with the Statue of Liberty. With his frenzied appetite to paint, it took about eight weeks to complete.

"They say Rembrandt and Dali and painters like that worked on one piece for a year," he said. "But time is running away. I want to do as many beautiful pieces as I can."

Krasky sent a poster of it to the White House in mid-February, offering to present the original to President Obama in person.

Contact Summerlin and Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at or 387-2949.


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2011 about Alex Krasky's Art

Las Vegas Artist Working On Gov. Gibbons Painting Despite Not Being Selected For Official Portrait

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CARSON CITY – Budding Las Vegas artist Alex Krasky was not selected to paint the official portrait of out-going Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons for display in the state capitol, but he is going ahead with his canvas anyway with the hopes of personally presenting his work to the governor.

When he first learned of the competition to paint the governor’s portrait and submitted his proposal, Krasky decided to go forward with a painting without knowing if he would be selected. When he was not named as the finalist, Krasky said he was already well in progress on the portrait and decided to finish the work.

“I already spent a couple of weeks drawing it so I decided just to keep drawing because, what do I have to lose,” he said. “It’s a good image.

“I want to hand it to him personally, that is what my dream is,” Krasky said.

The as yet unfinished painting shows Gibbons with the Nevada state flag as a backdrop.

Krasky, 40, was laid off from his job as a federal agency security officer in late 2008 and only took up a paintbrush a little over a year ago after spending years doing sketches. Since that time, he has produced about 50 works, including sketches, and has received some favorable attention for his efforts.

He has painted film director James Cameron and the late performer Michael Jackson in combination with the Cirque Du Soleil cast, among others.

The former Russian left his native country in 1997, traveling through several Latin American countries, sometimes illegally, before finally arriving in the U.S. and becoming a legal resident.

His 36-inch by 48-inch portrait of Gibbons is not in the traditional style but more of a commercial approach, Krasky said. He expects to finish it in a few more weeks.

Gibbons earlier this month picked a Washington state artist to paint his official portrait for the $20,000 commission. Forty-four applications were received.

Jill Lufrano, a spokeswoman for Gibbons, called Krasky’s art “amazing” after seeing it on YouTube.

“Unfortunately only one artist was able to be selected for the official portrait,” she said. “But I’m sure Gov. Gibbons would be delighted to have Alex give him the portrait. It would be an honor for the governor to have it in his collection.”

Krasky said his wife suggested he try painting in oils after seeing his sketches. An art teacher he went to for lessons said his technique was fine and there was nothing she could show him. After being less than impressed by a second teacher, Krasky went forward on his own.

Krasky said he has not tried to sell his work but he has received media interest, including a report last year about his Michael Jackson work by ABC Channel 13 Action News.

“It is my passion,” he said. “The problem is I’m not noticed. I’m just working at home without showing it to anybody.”

Krasky’s works, including the Gibbons work-in-progress, can be viewed on a YouTube video.

By Sean Whaley

August 27th, 2010

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Vegas Seven Magazine about Alex Krasky's Art

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Born and raised in Russia, Alex Krasky came to the United States in 2000. He worked as a security officer (a position that led him to Las Vegas) until he was laid off in 2008. With new free time, Krasky realized his hands were built for a paintbrush and not a gun. The self-trained artist bowed to his wife’s urging and signed up for an art class. After a single oil painting lesson, Krasky discovered that the medium came naturally. He painted for two years until he found the perfect muse.

“When Michael Jackson died, I had only been painting for a couple of months with oils, but I decided to make a painting of him,” he says. “I decided to give the painting to his parents. I went to the [memorial service at Staples Center], but they wouldn’t let me in.”

He wasn’t deterred. Last summer, he participated in a contest to paint Gov. Jim Gibbons, but missed the deadline. Krasky completed the portrait while documenting his progress on YouTube. Channel 13 featured his work, and he received a letter saying that Gibbons would like to add the painting to his collection.

“I was thinking that it was a joke,” he says. The next thing he knew, Gibbons himself showed up at his front door.

“I began to think about what I wanted as an artist,” Krasky says, adding that he has never sold a single painting (Gibbons’ painting was a gift). “I want to be recognized, and I want to be known. ... I started to think about the most significant piece of art I can do. I asked myself who had the biggest impact in the United States and I realized that the people with the most influence are the presidents.”

Krasky has just finished a painting of what he deems the five most significant presidents: John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. And he’s just sent Obama a letter saying as much.

“I have a dream that in one month I will personally give it to Barack Obama,” he says. “The United States is a country of miracles. Anything can happen here.”

By Andreas Hale

February 24th, 2011

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Video for the White House Video for Barack Obama

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The Painting for the White House, for our President Barack Obama is still in my house-gallery
This is the way I see United States, the way I feel it. The most powerfull contry in the world. I hope it will be always like that. This Painting I did for Barack Obama. I hope, he will like it. I would like to give it personally to him when its done. I am glad I am here. Nothing came to me easy way. I appriciate everything I have. I promised my Mom, I will shake Presidents hand.
P.S. Its already two months since I painted it. Even I have received the Letter from the White House where the President and the First Lady thanked me for my Gift, The Gift-Painting is still in my house. Just getting dusty. Maybe one day they will let me to bring it to the White House.

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