In 1950 Alexander Sokolov graduated from Ilya Repin Institute in Victor Oreshnikov workshop. He studied of Veniamin Belkin, Mikhail Bernshtein, Pavel Naumov, Andrei Mylnikov.
After graduation, his work was presented in Art Exhibitions. He painted portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, sketches from the life. Master of Art-criticism (1954), a Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1970).
Alexander Ivanovich Sokolov died on May 9, 1973 in Leningrad.
His paintings reside in State Russian Museum, in Art museums and private collections in Russia, France, England, in the United States., and other countries.
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He was a member of the Leningrad Union of Artists since 1950.