International Fall Exhibition at MoRA 2019

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October 3rd – October 19th
Museum open: Saturday, Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm

JCAST WEEK October 3-6 

Museum open: from 1 pm to 5 pm

Saturday, October 5th  6PM – 10PM

Saturday, October 12th 6PM – 10PM

Recomended admission $10

Saturday, October 19th 7PM – 10PM

Live Music, Open Wine Bar, H’orderves will be served

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MIKHAIL CHAPIRO (Montreal, Canada)
ANNA DRIK (New York)  
IGOR DUBOVOY (Moscow, Russia)
EVGENIA KLIMENKO (Odessa, Ukraine)
IRINA KOVAL (New York)    


Mikhail Chapiro Art


Born in 1938 in Novozybkov, he was captivated by painting since his early childhood. Thanks to his teachers, Peter Chernyshevsky and Boris Zvenigorodsky, the artists of great experience and talent, this endowment became his predilection, the raison d’être of his life. After 6 years of studies, he graduated from the Mukhina Institute of Arts and Industrial Design.

He moved to Moscow in 1974 and since 1977 till 1987 he regularly exhibited in the Russia’s famous underground avant-garde centre at Malaya Gruzinskaya 28, which in 1981 became the home of his solo exhibition. Only with Perestroyka he was widely recognized in Russia. From 1988 to 1990 his paintings were exhibited at the Moscow Modern Art Gallery MARS.

He was recognized by the intellectual elite. Great Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, 3-times Olympic Champion in figure ice-skating Irina Rodnina, Nobel Prize Laureates Academicians Sakharov, Frank, Prokhorov – those are just few of the most prominent people who knew Chapiro and whose portraits he did.

In 1990 Mikhail Chapiro emigrated to Canada.  He settled in Toronto and immediately joined the city’s artistic life. The “Hittite Gallery” held his solo exhibition in 1992. In 1993, he moved to Montreal, being fascinated by the singular charm of this metropolis and its people. Being highly productive, Chapiro has constantly enriched his collection with fresh subjects. In 1996 he had a solo exhibition at the Elgar community center in Verdun (a Montreal district).

While Chapiro’s themes always remained portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, animals, and flowers, his style has gradually evolved from a merely realistic formalist expression towards an unique painting technique allowing to express at best the softness and subtlety that forms the bottom line of the artist’s philosophy.


Drik Anna art artist


Anna Makedonskaya-Drik was born in Dnepr, Ukraine.  Her family immigrated to the U.S. in the late 90’s., settling in NY.

Anna is a mathematician by profession, but from early childhood, had a strong desire to draw.

Graphics, minimalist style and book illustration are the favorites. She spent 14 years dancing and lifelong passion for ballet is recognizable in her art.

Anna is using Indian ink on cold press paper and sometime acrylic and watercolors as a color accent in her art works.


Dugovoy Igor Art Artist


Being a native Muscovite, the master of watercolor Igor Dubovoy is deeply rooted in Russian urban imagery which he got accustomed with while visiting the prominent Tretiakov Gallery in his childhood.

Being a sophisticated European traveler, the artist captures architecture of classical Renaissance and Baroque buildings envisioned as both monumentally stamped by their time and a very modern background for people’s life today.  

The shimmering puddles on the ground, the small brooks and well-known canals and rivers, the capricious wavy life of water with its watermarks.  While almost all of us would hurry under the umbrella to shelter ourselves from the elements, the artist will select this moment to stage his little “watercolor” interlude. 


Isabella Glaz art


Isabella Glaz was born in Ukraine. After high school, she continued her education at Leningrad Muhin Art Institute and Simferopol Art School, where she studied drawing, painting and art history.

From 1981 to 1986 Isabella studied at Lvov Publishing Academy and graduated with majors in Book Illustration and Art History.

From 1985 to 1988 she participated in many group and single shows in the Ukraine and Russia, as well as illustrated children’s books and designed theatrical costumes.

In 1988 Izabella immigrated to Vienna, Austria where she designed for a small publishing company.

In 1989 she moved to Rome, Italy where she continued to paint, and where many of her pieces now hang in private collections. Isabella Glaz arrived in the United States in 1991 and currently resides and creates in New York City.

Isabella’s work art work exhibiting in US and European galleries and sold to private collectors.


Grigory Gurevich art artist


Sculptor, painter, photographer, graphic artist, printmaker, art book creator, and inventor – has had more than four hundred exhibitions in the United States and Europe and conducted hundreds of sculpture workshops in Italy, Denmark, Russia and the United States. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures have won numerous awards and are in public and private collections in Russia, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Germany, Slovakia and the United States.

He has had his solo shows in Savitsky Museum in Penza city in Russia in July 2010 and August 2012 and many shows in the Museum of Russian Art in the United States.
He received a master’s degree in art from Academy of Fine and Industrial Arts in Leningrad, Russia and was a professor at St. John’s University, New York, and a faculty member of Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts.
His bronze tableau of seven life-size figures entitled “The Commuters”, sculpted in 1985, is permanently installed in Newark Penn Station. His bronze bust of Japanese-American Inventor Kazuo Hashimoto is installed in NJIT, Newark, NJ. His book “Reflections” features seventeen linocuts, etchings, and mixed media prints  has been included in the print collection of New York Public Library as well as the rare book collection of Newark Museum Library, Library of Saint Bonaventure University, and Print Collection of HERMITAGE MUSEUM in Leningrad, Russia.
His work won many awards and honorable mentions. His biography was published in “Who is Who in American Art”, “WIKIPEDIA” and many magazines and newspapers and was shown on television shows in different European countries.. His sculpture “CLOWN” was exhibited in Russian State museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Four of his Art books are accepted to a Library of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Lenny Khimeshman Art


Drawing was undoubtedly his passion from the young years. After graduating a four-year college with the degree in graphic art and technical drawing, Lenny worked for the graphic art firm and soon became a bright young member of the vibrant Moscow Artistic Community. Membership brought Lenny great visibility, and not long after he featured his works on the famous Arbat Street, in the heart of Moscow historic district.

Despite his success, Lenny, like so many artists of the day, felt limited and thirsty for creative freedom and soon left Russia for Austria in the 80. After living in several European countries, the long and winding road brought him to America, and he now lives with his family around the New York City area.

He worked as a graphic artist in several small art companies around Brooklyn and Manhattan, and for the last 25 years he has been working for the International Publishing Company, where he is developing the digital photography, production art and magical world of color.

His everyday work for well known international magazines certainly keeps him busy, yet he still finds time and inspiration to create and share his intimate vision with others, revisiting that passionate young boy inside.


Klimenko Evgenia


Born into a multi-generational family of artists, Evgenia Klimenko resides in Odessa, which marks a source of inspiration for all her work. The artistic identity is embedded in the city’s unique cultural heritage and position straddling Russian and Ukrainian history.

She is a hunter on many levels, whether seeking the proper texture of a surface for her emerging pastels or catching a whimsical “cinematic” glimpse of street life in her beloved Odessa.

To get this organic sense of the passing moment, Evgenia would experiment with combinations of different painting techniques and search for the relevant basis for her pastels, oil brushstrokes, or ink touches.  The colorful accent in her Red series and the breath of wind in her sketchy Odessa street views all remind us of continuous “unfinished objects”, distorted by the fragility of life.


Koval Irene art artist


Irene Koval, Ukrainian artist originally from Odessa, was raised in a family of carnies (father was an engineer and performer for the circus and mother was a skilled acrobat) Irene worked in the circus as a child, performing acrobatic acts. Her childhood was as unusual as it was difficult, always moving to new places all over Russia as a part of the soviet circus lifestyle. 

After graduating from circus institute and officially becoming a part of the soviet circus, Irene found herself greatly stimulated by her creativity. At this time, she was collecting a diversity of skill and technique from the various art classes she was attending in different parts of the Former Soviet Union as she was traveling all over the country with her circus. 

Irene had a strong passion for the fine arts and theater. From 1983 to 1987 she attended the State Art Theatrical College in Odessa and became a property master puppeteer and art sculpture doll designer. After graduation, she was participating in numerous fine art exhibitions in Ukraine and Russia. In 1989 she fled the political oppression of her home country by immigrating to the United States and settling in New York to continue her pursuit of a career in art. In 1994 Irene graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) as a textile and surface designer. She worked for different design studios but her love of the fine arts and theater never died. 

Irene has been painting, constructing Dolls, and even assembling jewelry all her life. Her style and technique has transformed over the years but Irene always finds that most of all, her art is influenced by her experience as a circus performer.


Levitsky Lenny Art Artist


Levitsky was born in Moscow, Russia, in the year 1962. He attended the School of Fine Art of Moscow, and in 1985 graduated to the Moscow Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts (Former Stroganov School), at which he received a master degree in Interior Design.

Levitsky furthered his study of Interior Design by apprenticing at Hermitage and other Russian Palaces. Mr. Levitsky has worked on prestigious projects as former President of Russia Mikhail Gorbachev’s summer estate in Crimea and the Telecenter in Moscow.

In 1990, he moved to New York City and five short years later established his own interior design firm, The Art of Decoration. He decorated private residences and estates in and around the Tri-State area.

Both psychology of art and the art of psychology have always been objects of L. Levitsky passionate interest. Already achieving great success in art, he decided to make psychology his second profession. L. Levitsky earned his Master Degree in Clinical Social Work at New York University.  He received extensive training in individual and group psychotherapy working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In his work, L. Levitsky combines visual arts with counseling and psychotherapy.

Being a successful interior designer and psychotherapist, he still continues practicing and creating fine art.


Yelena Lezhen art


Yelena Lezhen is an American artist located in NJ near New York City. Her preferred media is oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper. She started painting and drawing from very young age graduating the art school and then Art and Design Collage in Kiev, Ukraine.

She immigrated to the US from Ukraine and settled down in New York.

Unforgettable, surrealistic images brought from artist’s imagination to paper or canvas are inspired by her thoughts, dreams, memories, and filled with a childhood melody, the charm of forgotten moments. Total freedom of light, color and complexity of composition in many of her works gives a feeling of watching a life as multilayered as it is.

Yelena participated in numerous art exhibitions in the US and Europe and won a number of juried selection art competitions and awards. Her paintings and drawings can be found in private collections around the world, including United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Russia, and Ukraine.


Olga Pavlovich Art


Olga Malamud-Pavlovich is originally from Russia and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

She was a professor at one of the famous Universities of Russia. She has begun studying art since childhood.

She continued her journey through the art world after coming to the USA. She never stops learning as much as she can about the arts.

In New York she has studied some years with Frederick Wong at the Art Students League and at the school of painting the famous French artist Oksana Sanson.

Olga became a member of Pushkin Society Artists Guild in New York. The artist’s paintings have been included in numerous group exhibitions in local galleries and business offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, at the Art Students League of New York. The artist’s paintings are in private collections in Russia, Belgium and the USA.

She works with watercolor and acrylic, mixed media on paper and canvas. Among her creations, there are floral and landscape paintings in different season, seascapes in impressionism and abstract style.

Constantly challenging herself to grow as an artist, she actively seeks to improve her skills and techniques with the hope that her work will steadily move toward excellence. She is focusing on finding her own style, expanding her view in abstract art.

 “I would like my friends to pay attention to my paintings; looking at them they will get warmth and inspiration to continue their journey”.


Alexander Rees art artist


Alexander Rees was born in Moscow, Russia.  He was educated at the Gnesin Institute (now called the Russian Academy of Music), one of the world’s most prominent music conservatories, where he received his Doctorate degree and embarked on a music career.  Dr. Rees became a professor of viola and chamber music at the same institute, where he trained hundreds of students who have become well-known professors in music conservatories, solo artists, and performers in major orchestras all over the world.

Dr. Rees performed as a soloist, conductor, and chamber musician.  He played with prestigious chamber groups, such as the Borodin String Quartet, Svyatoslav Richter chamber ensemble, Madrigal Baroque Ensemble, and many others.  He toured extensively in the former Soviet Union and Europe. In 1993 Dr. Rees immigrated to America and settled in New York City.  He has continued his music career as a solo and chamber musician as well as an orchestra player with various orchestras – the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Luke’s Orchestra, and others, on major stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  He teaches viola and chamber music at Fordham University, Thurnauer School of Music and in his own private studio.

Alexander Rees made his first forays into pictorial art (like his second professional occupation) during his teenage years. Since that time, he has been producing sketches and paintings, but he chose to keep them hidden from the public and they existed only in a few private collections.  After the publication of his book Moscow-New York-Moscow, at the end of 2003, Dr. Rees received several offerings to exhibit his paintings and decided to open his works to the public for viewing and sale.

He has participated in many personal and group exhibitions sins then, including The Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art in Chelsea, Salomon Art Gallery in Tribeca (New York) and many others. Robert Harris Rothchild, the famous American art critic and collector wrote: ”Alexander’s works are popular because they celebrate the beauty of the city in all seasons of the year. His vibrant brushwork, his spatially open and airy compositions, and his beautiful blending and mixing of the colors that compose his forms all are essential elements that build his pictures. His paintings create wonderful scenic, atmospheric moods and feeling”.


Irina Sheinfeld Art


Irina grew up in Odessa, Ukraine where she was classically trained as a painter, designer and puppet maker.

Then she continued her studies at Parsons School of Design where she earned BFA then she received MFA at School of Visual Arts. 

Irina had multiple solo exhibitions; her work was included in numerous juried group shows and published by various publications including WSJ, Money Magazine and Oxygen Media.

 Irina is a recipient of the COJECO’s Blueprint Fellowship and Grant.


Emil Silberman Art


When I enter my studio, I enter a different world of subconscious feelings, new forms and emotions that cannot be expressed in any other way. Capturing this reality is my challenge as an artist.

I grew up in Latvia during the Soviet era. I always knew that I was born to be an artist but by a strange turn of fate, I also became a physician. I chose Emergency Medicine as my specialty and have been working in a busy inner city ER for many years. For a long time I kept the two worlds separated. Then one day I realized that I was streaming ideas from my medical work into my art and the two worlds started to came together. The drama and intensity of emotions in the ER are probably unmatched in any other work environment.

The medical literature reports that a large proportion of ED visits are behavioral and psychiatric in nature.  Such patients are most interesting to an artist interested in exploring the human condition and psyche. The facial expressions and forms of the human body distorted by pain and disease provide me with an endless source of ideas and inspiration.

For many years I would not disclose my unique situation out of fear that it would distort the viewer’s perspective, but I now realize that it is hard to understand my art without it. On reflection I also see that my subject matter has shifted over the years from pain and death to satire, social commentary and other less light themes. I tend to use my art to express the many ironies of life.

My attitude may sometimes even be interpreted as facetious. I can use my artwork to make light of some very serious issues in society, as I see it today. This satirical style allows me to express my frustrations with society in a humorous manner.