Born 1951, Ukraine; lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Vladimir Kanevsky received a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Ukrainian Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering. In 1974, one year after his graduation, Kanevsky relocated to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, where he began a career as a sculptor. The medium he most favored at the time was bronze. Kanevsky also continued to work in architecture, and in 1977, he was granted membership in the prestigious St. Petersburg Guild of Architects.
Shortly after moving permanently to the United States, in 1989, he produced a porcelain sculpture based on an 18th century melon tureen commissioned by Howard Slatkin, the prominent New York-based interior designer. Slatkin's reaction was swift – “improvement upon perfection” is how he described Kanevsky's work.
In 2004, an exclusive collection of Kanevsky’s porcelain flowers was shown at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. It wasn’t too long before the American designer and author Carolyne Roehm snapped up every single sculpture on display.
In 2012, Kanevsky, in collaboration with the 300-year-old Meissen Manufactory in Germany, created a collection of 11 pieces for the iconic German Porcelain Factory’s Museum.
Vladimir Kanevsky's sculptures have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Veranda, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, and Flower Magazine, among others.
Kanevsky’s works are in public and private collections worldwide. His solo exhibition of porcelain sculptures will open at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016.