Alexander Roitburd was born in Odessa in 1961. He graduated from the department of fine art at the Odessa Pedagogical University in 1983. Roitburd is known for his paintings, installations, videos and performance art. He has been very active within the artistic community as an art critique, art curator, publicist, communicator and intellectual who has greatly contributed to establishing post-Soviet contemporary art trends in Odessa, Kiev and Moscow. The artist was one of the founders of Ukrainian trans-avant-garde in the 1980s.
In 1999 Roitburd produced a video after the film by Sergei Eisenstein, ‘Battleship Potemkin’. The video was bought by the MoMA in New York. In 2001, the video project by Roitburd was included as part of the Italian Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale. From 2000 onward, Roitburd lived and worked in New York. The artist returned to Ukraine in 2002 to become the director of the Marat Guelman Gallery in Kiev. For the last seven years Roitburd has been producing primarily large size narrative figurative paintings that bear a strong sense of political irony, mythological illusion and philosophical as well as humanitarian discourse.