Antanenka was born in Brest, Soviet Union on February 16th, 1951 where he
attended art school in grade school, he also attended the Art Academy in
Leningrad, Russia and graduated at the top of his class in 1978.
Antanenka fled to Siberian City of Magadan after his parents were killed in
the Chernobyl disaster, and he was displeased with the Soviet governments
attempted to cover up this tragic event. Many artists, poets and politicians
who did not believe in their governments practice exiled here. Alexander’s
work changed while he resided in the city of Magadan and he was able to
express his emotions through his artwork.
Many Japanese were interested in his art but unfortunately he was unable to
have an exhibition because the KGB restricted him. After the fall out of the
Soviet he was able to hold his own exhibitions in different cities such as:
Magadan in 1990, Vladivostok in 1992, Minsk and Brest in 1996, just to name a
few. Alexander now resides in the United States and his artwork is in private
collections around the world.