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Key Facts About The Artist:

Known for his elaborate metalwork, distinctive style and unparalleled craftsmanship, Alex Soldier counts the most stylish tastemakers, celebrities and organizations as clients and the jewelry trade has long praised him as a leader in the field. His incredible talent and innovative spirit have captured the hearts of leading editors, style experts and buyers who often proclaim him as one of the most innovative designers of our time. Artisanal workmanship defines Alex Soldier’s jewelry. His work is filled with such timeless appeal, intricate detail and daring mastery that it becomes impossible to resist his magical touch. Every piece that he creates bears his signature artistry and precision and represents a constantly evolving combination of shape, color and texture—making each piece as individual as its wearer. Alex Soldier designs with a passion for distinction, using innovative proprietary techniques for decorating metal surfaces to achieve an effect of original texture and detail that surpasses the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship. The beauty of Alex Soldier jewelry lies in the way it blurs the line between fine ornament and miniature sculpture. His work is precious poetry that speaks to the heart.

The Vision:

“Until sight converges from more than one angle, the world looks as flat as a postcard.”

– Huston Smith

Alex Soldier is an artist. His vision is as multifaceted as life itself—like a puzzle that forms a comprehensive and unique picture that reflects many different aspects of his personality. Each of Alex Soldier’s creations portrays this notion. “I would say that my work captures life’s moments in detail. In order to fulfill myself as an artist I don’t need to be reserved by a single “look”, but to experiment and venture into life’s many different manifestations. For the true artist does not create the boundaries, but rather transcends them.”

The Collection:

Each design from Alex Soldier’s beautiful and unique collection represents a constantly evolving combination of shape, color and texture—making each piece as individual as its wearer. Alex Soldier designs with a passion for distinction, using innovative proprietary techniques for decorating metal surfaces to achieve an effect of original texture and detail that surpasses the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship. The beauty of Alex Soldier jewelry lies in the way it blurs the line between fine ornament and miniature sculpture. His work is a precious poetry that speaks to the heart.

The History:

Alex Soldier was born on a threshold of two continents, Europe and Asia, in the Ural Mountains region, city of Perm. Even as a child, he displayed a talent for sculpture, woodcraft, and painting miniatures. But before pursuing art as a career, he earned a master’s degree in computer engineering.

In 1981 Alex Soldier made a drastic change in his profession: in less than a year he was promoted from an intern to a chief designer of the largest jewelry plant in the Urals region. His unconventional approach to the jewelry-making process has taken the plant to a new level of recognition by winning numerous awards at trade shows across Eastern Europe.

When he arrived in the United States in 1990, Soldier began to work independently, developing new methods of designing and producing contemporary jewelry in 18k gold and platinum with precious gemstones.

His innovative approach and artistic aspirations led to a development of an extensive line of conceptual jewels, earning awards and professional recognition. In 1998 Alex Soldier won a Platinum Passion Award from Platinum Guild International and in 2002 a Spectrum honor from American Gem Trade Association.

Alex Soldier’s profound understanding of precious metals, in concurrence with an extraordinary gift for improvisation, gave birth to an entirely different and drastically novel line of one-of-a-kind miniatures. Imbued with a timeless quality, mesmerizing in the intricacy, and daring in mastery, Soldier’s objects are sought after by private collectors worldwide.

Many of Soldier’s pieces are also given as prizes to distinguished artists. The Princess Grace Award, for example, is a prize awarded annually to an iconic celebrity for his/her philanthropic endeavors in supporting the arts. The past winners included Queen Latifah, Robert Redford, Dick Van Dyke, Cicely Tyson, Julie Andrews, Denzel Washington, Mandy Patinkin, and Lynn Wyatt. For the Awards, Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines that were close to Princess Grace’s heart and lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film. It is composed of connected symbols denoting these three art forms.

For Alex Soldier, each piece he creates is a new life waiting to tell its story. More than just metal and stones, Soldier’s jewelry is as meaningful as his miniatures, incorporating layers of details that offer its wearer many visual surprises. “Every time I create something I strive to find a new composition or finish of metal, unusual forms, or unique stone settings to create a piece that is beautiful and distinctive, that can be appreciated as a finished work of art. I want my jewelry to be recognized as the original works of a designer like no other, as well as for their own individuality.”

Soldier’s jewelry and objets d’art are sold by upscale jewelers and galleries that attract customers looking for the atypical. “Individuality is the most important feature to my clients,” he describes. “They are not looking for jewelry only for fashion’s sake; but for the soul, that which stays with them forever, like a favorite work of art.” Alex Soldier jewelry collections are available at Alex Soldier Gallery located in Times Square, New York City, as well as at select Neiman Marcus stores and fine boutiques.

Press

Alex Soldier’s masterworks have been profiled in such prominent publications as: The New York Times, Forbes, Vogue, W, WWD, InStyle, Harpers Bazaar, Departures, Robb Report, Elle Decor, Glamour, Allure, Gotham, Elite Traveler, Marie Claire, Vogue Gioello, Avenue, Cosmopolitan, JCK, National Jeweler, Chicago Magazine, Hamptons Magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, Shiny Sheet, Florida International Magazine, Social Life, Hollywood Life, Modern Bride, Improper Bostonian, 5280, and many more.

 

 

 

 

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Alex Soldier is a self-taught innovator and inventor who revolutionized jewelry industry by introducing new techniques and vision. Alex Soldier designs with a passion for distinction, using innovative proprietary techniques for decorating metal surfaces to achieve an effect of original texture and detail. His engineering background gave him an extensive technical knowledge and perspective. “Every time I design, I envision the technical aspects as well as artistic composition at once before making new piece.” Alex Soldier also invented his own tools and techniques with which he applies the special decorative finishes onto the metal that were never done before, thus completely transcending the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship and revolutionizing jewelry industry. Alex Soldier’s jewelry and sculptures are composed of so many intricate components that you often need a magnifying glass to be able to see them all. Each design is about structure, proportions, details, texture and composition. It’s like a Rubik’s Cube – each piece dependent on the next one to compose the whole. All of the above characteristics give Alex Soldier’s jewelry a special touch and character that sets it apart from the rest. In order to find balance between all of the components, he carefully thinks through the design process and envisions the final outcome in his mind before making each piece: “I feel inspired when my clients tell me how their jewelry or sculptures that they own continue to fascinate them year after year, as they keep discovering new details in them.”