Professor Alexei Leporc was born in 1967 in Leningrad, USSR. Alexei studied at St. Petersburg State University and was then awarded a research scholarship at the University of Vienna. From 1989-99 he was an Assistant Professor at St. Petersburg Technical University, and from 2000-2005 taught at the European University at St. Petersburg. Since 2002 Alexei has been Curator of 19th and 20th century prints at the Department of Western European Art at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. He has lectured at a number of universities in Europe and the United States His publications are devoted to O. Kokoschka, G. Minne, F.Bacon, M. Hambling and contemporary architecture.