Alexander Tochilovsky

Curator, Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography; Adjunct Professor

Alexander Tochilovsky was born in Odessa, USSR, (presently Ukraine) in 1977. Alexander attended art school for one year, until his family decided to leave the USSR in 1989. They settled in Brooklyn, and have been loyal to that borough ever since. He attended the Edward R. Murrow High School, also in Brooklyn, where he resumed his art studies. This was followed by four years at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, where he received his BFA. His main areas of concentration were Graphic Design and Photography. Following graduation, Alexander worked in the Design Centar at Cooper Union for 4 years. In 2004 he decided to pursue a graduate degree. That year he taught design, cooked, tried his hand at designing type, and worked as a video editor. All that was followed by two years at the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s 2D Design department beginning in 2005. After graduating with an MFA in May 2007 he returned to New York. He presently runs a design studio with Mike Essl, which is called, appropriately enough, “The Studio of ME/AT”. He also teaches at The Cooper Union School of Art. In the fall of 2009 he co-curated an exhibition Lubalin Now with Mike Essl, and was named Curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in 2010. Tochilovsky curated the exhibition Appetite: A Reciprocal Relationship Between Food and Design for the Lubalin Center in 2010, followed by Pharma in 2011.

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