By Brett Maternowski, Co-Founder of the Artistic Incubator
Alex Logvinov’s artistry is a vibrant echo of Tampa’s dynamic cultural beat. An extroverted spirit with a penchant for pop and contemporary art, Logvinov transforms everyday experiences into striking portraiture of iconic figures. “I strive to offer a unique representation of famous and idol-like figures that have influenced me as a young adult,” he shares, illuminating his drive to embed personal reverence into each brushstroke.
The burgeoning Tampa Bay art scene serves as a backdrop to Logvinov’s ascent. Since 2018, his engagement with local artists and curators through university exhibitions has helped bring his vibrant work into the limelight. Logvinov recounts, “Through my studies at UT, I started exhibiting more of my school work and projects at the art gallery at school, and more people started noticing my work slowly.”
Art beckoned Logvinov during a high school assignment gone awry due to colorblindness. The challenge became a catalyst for improvement and love for the craft. “So I told myself that I was going to better myself in that area, and learn how to be a better artist,” Logvinov reflects on this turning point.
Acrylics serve as his creative haven, favored for their versatility and cost-effectiveness. This medium carries his message: a celebration of role models from diverse industries. Logvinov seeks to “convert it into something that people can connect on a deeper meaning with, share commonalities, and even potentially get inspired by.”
His personal narrative is as multicultural as his art, with family ties stretching from the Cayman Islands to Ukraine. “This man inspired me, and also millions of his own people to keep fighting, and move past horrible times that stood in their way,” he says of his painting of President Zelensky, highlighting how personal and global narratives intertwine in his work.
Tampa’s artistic diversity fuels his creativity, with local art shows providing a constant source of inspiration and networking. Logvinov’s art is a testament to the power of connection and community, as he observes, “The art is the focal point there to be talked about, but the relationship you make with the other person viewing it, is what makes it so sweet.”
Facing the common artist’s plight of financial uncertainty, Alex Logvinov sees his triumphs through the joy his art brings to others. “That’s what brings me the biggest joy, knowing that more and more people are owning my art and having it up on their walls in their house,” he states, measuring success in the happiness his work brings to clients and the community.
Logvinov credits art for fostering a mindset that spills into all facets of life, advocating for patience and a belief in the gradual fruition of effort. He envisions art as a unifier, “allowing people who have never met before come together and meet one another, share common interests, and ultimately become friends, business partners, etc.”
In Tampa’s eclectic environment, Alex Logvinov sees his bold, high-contrast art reflecting the city’s trajectory toward a globally recognized creative hub. His journey is interlaced with gratitude for mentors like Bianca Burrows and friends like Michael and Christopher Vahl, who have guided him through the local art terrain.
Logvinov welcomes curiosity about the rewarding nature of his craft, affirming, “Art is life to be honest… Anything can be art, just as long as you stay at it and fall in love with it, and the process of doing it continuously.”
With the Artistic Incubator’s support, Alex Logvinov anticipates expanding his creative and business horizons, eagerly awaiting collaborations that will further his artistic footprint. His upcoming live paintings and murals promise to add more splashes of color and connection to the Tampa art scene.
To those captivated by his story and art, Logvinov imparts a mantra of consistency, positivity, and patience. “Stay consistent, be positive, and always remember to have patience. If you work hard and know your worth, your time is coming,” he assures, embodying the persistent heart of the artist’s journey.