Alexander Gurevich was born in Alapaevsk, Ural (former Soviet Union) where his family stayed during World War II. Gurevich's parents divorced when he was young; he and his mother returned to her hometown in Leningrad when he was 18 months old. He was raised by his grandparents from his mother's side. After finishing high school, he attended the then Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute (LETI) (now Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University) during 1961-1967, majoring in electronic engineering. Upon graduation Gurevich worked as an engineer for 5 years. In 1971 Gurevich enlisted into High Art College, named Muhina (now Saint Petersburg Art and Industry Academy), from which he graduated 3.5 years later; after earning a degree in Industrial Design. He worked as a decorator for 15 following years, at the same time pursuing his unofficial creative career as an artist.
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