People's Artist of the Russian Federation, Honored Artist of the RSFSR and the Kyrgyz SSR, full member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Professor. Master of monumental and easel compositions, sculptural portraits.
Alexander Rukavishnikov is the third in a dynasty of hereditary sculptors. In 1974 he graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute named after V.I.Surikov (workshop of L.E. Kerbel). He studied with his father in the workshop.
Born October 2, 1950 in Moscow in the family of sculptors, People's Artist of the USSR Julian Rukavishnikov (1922-2000) and Angelina Filippova (1923-1988). His grandfather, Mitrofan Rukavishnikov, was also a sculptor.
In 1974, Alexander Rukavishnikov graduated from the Surikov Moscow State Art Institute of the USSR Academy of Arts (now the Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute of the Russian Academy of Arts). A graduate of the workshop of the sculptor Lev Karbel. Thesis - sculptural composition "Northern Fisherman". Graduated from the workshop of the sculptor Lev Kerbel. Thesis - sculptural composition "Northern Fisherman".
In 1974, Alexander Rukavishnikov was admitted to the Union of Artists of the USSR (1986-1988 - Secretary of the Board of the organization). The sculptor became widely known for his monument to Vladimir Vysotsky, erected in 1985 over the poet's grave at the Vagankovskoye cemetery.
Other monumental works include monuments in Moscow to the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky (the square near the Russian State Library, installed in 1997), the football player Lev Yashin (near the Dynamo stadium, 1999), the actor Yuri Nikulin (near the circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard, 2000) , Emperor Alexander II (at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, 2005), writer Mikhail Sholokhov (at Gogolevsky Boulevard, 2007), cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (at the intersection of Eliseevsky and Bryusov lanes, 2012), military leaders Mikhail Skobelev (at the Academy of the General Staff, 2014) and Konstantin Rokossovsky (on Marshal Rokossovsky Boulevard, 2015), writer Sergei Mikhalkov (on Povarskaya Street, 2014), leader of Serbian history Stefan Nemanje (2021, Belgrade). The author of the sculpture "Gladiator", installed next to the "Otkrytie-Arena" stadium of the Moscow football club "Spartak" (2014).
In the 1990s. together with his father he took part in the restoration of the high reliefs of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
In 2012, a workshop of Alexander Rukavishnikov was opened in Moscow.
Participant of Russian and foreign exhibitions. The sculptor's works are presented in the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and other museums in Russia, as well as in foreign collections.
Apart from Russia, monumental works have been installed in Germany (Dresden, a monument to Fyodor Dostoevsky), Spain (Madrid, a monument to Soviet volunteers who participated in the Civil War), Switzerland (Montreux, a monument to the writer Vladimir Nabokov) and other countries.
Alexander Rukavishnikov teaches at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. V.I.Surikov. Head of the Department of Sculpture and Composition, Professor.
Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. He is a member of the presidium of this organization.
Member of the public council of the Moscow Longevity project (a project of the mayor of Moscow intended for active capital residents of the older generation).
He was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor (1986) and of Honor (2000), as well as the Sretensky Order of the 1st degree (Serbia, 2021).
Laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1976).