He was born in 1959 in the ancient town of Danilov in Central Russia. In 1981 he graduated from the Moscow Military Academy as a Lieutenant. While a practical career, the life of a soldier can be fatiguing, and so, Orlov would spend every spare moment he could muster to draw and paint. After years of service in the inhospitable Soviet Far East, he was able to pursue his art more seriously when he was posted back to Moscow. Eventually he resigned his commission as a Captain and began to pursue his deep passion – to become a full time artist. In Moscow, Orlov became acquainted with influential collectors from Beverly Hills, Arlene and David Ray, who after seeing his paintings, felt that he should come to the United States where his work could receive the recognition it deserved. In 1991 Orlov came to California. In the first year he met Los Angeles art dealer Jeffrey Morseburg, who began to represent his work and also introduced him to the prestigious California Art Club which was founded by early California painters in 1909. In 1994 California Art Club awarded Orlov with the Gold Medal for best painting at the Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. Among Orlov’s distinguished list of collectors are the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver; film producer John Davis; sports program producer and 1993-99 NBC West Coast President Don Ohlmeyer.
Alexander V. Orlov is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.Currently represented by ALFA Gallery.