Alyosha Moeran

Alyosha studied History at Cambridge University before training as an architectural stonemason and then as a restoration stone carver at the City and Guilds, London School of Art, where he also learnt the art of letter carving.


“I remember reading a story as a kid in Japan… it was from the folktales of Oita, the region in which I was brought up and the story was about a priest who decided to carve a passage through a mountain because travellers kept falling to their deaths from the treacherous path which ran along the cliff edge. I think it took him over twenty years. I remember being hugely impressed with the idea that one person could even think to carve through a mountain. I later visited the passageway where the marks of his chisels could still be seen… Stone carving requires a huge amount of persistence and determination but it can be surprisingly flexible and the work itself is strangely meditative. The material has a density, an unforgiving nature and sense of permanence, but the work I do is more about trying to convey an idea of transformation, of fragility and lightness.”

Alyosha Moeran