Alexander was born in 1965 in St. Petersburg, Russia. From 1989 to 1995 he studied at the Repin Institute as an undergraduate, and he stayed on for his masters degree until 1999. While at school he won the grand prix among the institute’s artists, as well as participating in a number of exhibitions consisting of the Exhibition of Russia’s academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany 1997. From 2000-2004 Kirillov taught drawing at his alma mater, the Repin Institute.
His works are in museums in China’s National Gallery of Modern Art, Germany’s Karlsruhe and their Museum of Modern Art, and also in numerous private collections including Kuenstler-Haus-Gawrisch, Germany, the private collection of the Baron Van Wijngaart, the Netherlands, and in the USA, China, France, Finland, and of course in Russia.