International Fall Exhibition at MoRA 2019
INTERNATIONAL FALL EXHIBITION AT MoRA 2019
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
This Exhibition will present talented artists from all over the world, from Asia to North America.
MAKE ART NOT WAR (TM)
OPENING RECEPTION WITH ARTISTS
Saturday, October 5th 6PM – 10PM
EVENING OF LIVE JAZZ
Saturday, October 12th 6PM – 10PM
Recomended admission $10
Saturday, October 19th 7PM – 10PM
Live Music, Open Wine Bar, H’orderves will be served
For more information contact:
Boris Belenky, MoRA Director:
ARMINE BOZHKO (New York)
PETRO BEVZA (Kiev, Ukraine)
MIKHAIL CHAPIRO (Montreal, Canada)
MARIFAT DAVLATOVA (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
ANNA DRIK (New York)
IGOR DUBOVOY (Moscow, Russia)
ISABELLA GLAZ (New York)
GRIGORY GUREVICH (New Jersey)
VASYL KADAR (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)
LENNY KHIMISHMAN (New Jersey)
EVGENIA KLIMENKO (Odessa, Ukraine)
KIRA KOKTYSH (New York)
IRINA KOVAL (New York)
LENNY LEVITSKY (New Jersey)
YELENA LEZHEN (New Jersey)
OLGA MALAMUD-PAVLOVICH (New York)
ANNA MIKLASHEVICH (Slovenia)
LUCI MISTRATOV (Louisville, KY)
ALXADER REES (New York)
IRINA SHEYNFELD (New York)
EMIL SILBERMAN (New York)
RUSLAN TREMBA (Uzhhorod, Ukraine)
ALEXANDER TSALIKHIN (New Jersey)
MYKOLA ZHURAVEL (Kiev, Ukraine)
Petro Bevza graduated from Kyiv State Arts Academy in 1985. He is a Member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine since1990.
Petro receive Honor prize of Salon International D`ART Contemporain. Nice, France in 1996 and Honor diploma of the city of Kiev for the best piece of painting art of the year 1994
Petro Bevza’s new “Another One” has marked the beginning of a new eloquent language, an unexpected new way of viewing the world. Indeed, if one is to compare these paintings with those from previous series, for example, with “Theodosics” or “Jordan” – the changes are obvious. The graceful departure from the artist’s established recognizable style induces not only fascination and awe. The power of mysterious images, the brightness and freshness of the renewed palette awaken both an emotional reaction in the neophyte viewer as well as a curiosity in the hermetical researcher. This is a good opportunity to examine the artist’s work in a broader context than that of individual exhibitions.
Petro likes finding emotional resonances, points that stir up imagination and emotions. This is indirectly evidenced by the number of thematic cycles carried out, one of the first of which is eloquently titled “Ecstasy”. The crazy desire to be filled with the world as much as possible, in all of its manifestations – this forms the artistic route, the logbook pages of which are paintings, objects, and videos. Fortunately, his inner romantic navigator avoids the dangerous reefs of orgiastic discriminates and self-indulgence. The name “Ecstasy” can be interpreted as a kind of motto for a creative movement, but the starting point of the journey that led to the current transitory intermission is clearly the project «Ce’st moi. The Reality of Abstraction”. In the catalog to it Serhiy Krymsky wrote: “Petro Bevza turns to the primordial world – a monolith, where all malleable forces are in balance”.
Born in Kiev Ukraine Armine Bozhko studied art since she was a child entering a prestigious art academy at the age of 11. Her pursuit of art studies and creative career led her to continue her art education at the Ukrainian Academy of Art where she received her bachelor and master degree. After post-graduate school, her Armenian origin and creative pursuits led her to Yerevan, Armenia where she also taught art at the Art Institute of Armenia as professor’s assistant at the department of painting after which she attended the International Education Program, Gause Polonia, by grant from their Ministry of Culture and National Government. Armine Bozhko is a member of Ukrainian Artists Union and Armenian Artists Union. Her reputation has led her to multiple prestigious awards and shows throughout Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Italy, Canada and then in the United States. In 2019 she won the Solo Award at Art Expo in New York City. Currently Armine lives and works in Long Island, New York.
“Armine Bozhko works on the crossroads of different cultures- she was born in Ukrainian-Armenian family of writers and diplomats, studied in art school by Taras Shevchenko, graduated Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts, taught art at Armenian Institute of Art, and practiced art at Krakow Academy of Art.. The last twelve years Armine has lived and works in the United States and currently resides in New York. Her works captivate by its spacious proportions and create the experience of the novels in color. “Color for me – it is a language in which I communicate to the world, – Says Armine, – That is why I attach such a great importance to it. Color for me is the concept of artistic work and self-expression, emotional response to the world.”
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.
Born in 1993 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
In 2006 entered the Olim-Zade Children’s Art School, Department of Painting., Participated in the Struggle Against Corruption competition with the support of UNDP. As an artist, she actively participated in the Music Festival “Young Talents of Tajikistan”.
In 2008, volunteered for the “Children’s-Youth Center” and also participated in the Graffiti Festival. In the same year she won the Republican Prize of Young Artists.
In 2010, the beginning of alpinism classes. Getting started as a guide, guide in the mountains and cities of Tajikistan up to this day. Visiting places such as the “Fan Mountains”, “Alaudin Lakes”, “Seven Lakes”, etc.
In 2011, entered the Technological University of Tajikistan, specialty “artist – stylist”.
In 2014, participated in the centralized art project “Dushanbe Art Ground” devoted to social media, with experts invited from the USA: John Davis (San Francisco) and Mark Boswell (New York). As part of this project, she worked with video art, installation, as well as photo art. At the end of the project, my first short film “Beautiful Far” was presented, having completed courses. In the same year she began working at the Union of Craftsmen of Tajikistan as a specialist in public relations and design. While working at the Union of Craftsman, she took courses in project management.
In April 2014, took part in the Debate tournament “Free Market Cup 2014” Dushanbe.
In May 2014, participated in the Awake and Aware youth festival, presenting a small collection of her own clothes.
In September 2014, participated and successfully completed her studies as a student. The International Academy of Debates. Aitmatova 2014, Issyk – Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Upon arrival, she participated in the project of the Italian organization CESVI “Fashion Show – Second Life”, presenting her own clothing line on November 2, 2014.
In October 2014, the opening of Art Studio “Montmartre”, where up to this day I teach drawing, painting, as well as design.
In September 2015, attending a training course on “Production and Design” organized by the Italian organization CESVI, professors who were also Italian designers invited from Milan.
2014-2016, the hard work in the art studio, and the preparation for the personal exhibition, which took place in Austria on 10.03.2016.
In February 2016 – April 2016, attend individual design courses in Vienna, Austria.
In June 2016, the diploma was defended and the successful graduate of the Technological University of Tajikistan.
In July 25 – August 5, 2016 participation in a rehabilitation summer camp for people with disabilities, as an art therapist.
In 2018, a trip to Vienna, Austria as an intern at the Historical and Contemporary museums of Vienna.”Women in Art and Culture “
In 2018 Solo Exhibition “The Women’s Beauty “ Dushanbe, Tajikistan
In 2018 Participant of “Creative Central Asia 2018″ ; Astana, Kazakhstan
2018 November “ Youth: trends&liders”, Armenia, Yerevan.
2019 April Mentor in Antidiscrimination camp «Fight like a girl”. Kyrgyzstan, Issyk-kul.
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.
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 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.
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.
Vasyl Kadar is the representative of the young generation of Transcarpathian school of painting which is defined by the synthesis of folk traditions’ transformations, particular color culture, and associativity of figurative thinking. The artist remains faithful to canonic concept of art as an exceptional means of expression where color and light are the fundamentals which assist to recreate the individual experience from the space and the surrounding world perception.
Vasil’s first steps in the art are connected with mastering the art metal plasticity. “The study in Transcarpathian Art Academy is the period of prolong searches of ‘myself’ in the materials and a sort of ‘divaricating’ as far as the desire to represent the world by means of color dominated the plastic ‘exercises’”. Fortunately, the creative hesitation was not too long. Professionally qualified artist dove into a diverse art world without any doubts and with a craving for broadening the unlimited possibilities of the color.
Painter’s color talent became apparent from the very early experiments. His picturesque variations are always so breathing and magnetic colors. The sensual ‘hot’ art includes both the Ukrainian Baroque traits with its traditional form contrasts and Mannerism with its hyperbolized plasticity or Expressionism with its emotional form transformation and the sense of color vibrations. Usually, the author works with few colors which he effectively dissolves each in the other reaching the nuance sonority and subtle shades. In general, he creates series which resemble a pictorial suite where he strives for the original joy in the initial color perception.
Vasil works are not pure abstraction. They are rather impressions or reflections of the surrounding world, nature, acquired experience, all of which transform into the marks of feelings and their material and plastic traces on the canvas. The pulsation of contrast, the change of cold and hot combinations, the movement in the range from specific to abstract; these all are the intuitive and cognizable painter’s variations on the natural metamorphoses.
With daily growing knowledge, it becomes clear that the principal painting is yet to come. In fact, it is a meta painting that is made alone with your own thoughts, focusing on the inner self and trusting the imagination power.
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.
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.
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.
Kira Koktysh – professional with more than 25 years experience in fashion industry. Her career started as a designer for her own custom made clothes. Dealing with different clients Kira realized their needs not always involved just new clothes. It leads her in a direction known as Image consulting.
In 2002 Kira moved to the United States. Being passionate about color and as a person who seeks for the real essence of things Kira received Certificates In Image Consulting and Color Specialist from Fashion Institute Of Technology (NYC). She has moved to a new level of enhancing her professional abilities and effectiveness. She became a Professional Color Specialist and added Color consultations to a range of her services.
This path along with Kira’s comprehensive approach and sensitivity to individual person needs put her in a position of Art Director and Co-Owner of Manhattan based company InsideOutstyle, Inc., specializing in Feng Shui Image consulting.
Kira Koktysh Jewelry New York, Inc. – is focusing on beauty of natural semiprecious stones. It enhances our aspiration for living in harmony with surrounding world, subtly emphasizing our inner being. Its jewelry inspired by symbols and folk stories from around the globe including Kira’s native Urals Mountain region of Russia. It is a fusion of traditional organic earth elements and modern materials.
In past few years Kira Koktysh Jewelry New York Inc. presented several jewelry collections – Brooklyn Candy, The Mistress of the Copper Mountain, Oceanus, Pearl Paradise, Alas de Mariposa, Poetry Without Words, Amethyst Delusion. Few of those collections received international recognition and now being sold in Europe.
Kira holds a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from Ural’s State University. She studied Art History and History of Costume in Demidov’s Academy of Arts (Yekaterinburg, Russia) and has Certificates in Image consulting and Color Specialist Certificate from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
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 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 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”.
Anna is a Ukrainian artist who based in Slovenia. More than 16 years of her professional activity is related to art.
Nowadays she paints women’s portraits; those do not belong to any concrete person, like an emotion or state those don’t belong to everyone.
Cosmic, Entire, Illuminated, Infinite, Brave, Honest, etc – these states like cards during shuffling, are changed inside each woman. Anna describes them, enlarges them and shows those meaning for her as for an artist and for every woman generally.
Using saturated colors Anna demonstrates the power of a woman, her strength and global influence on the World. She uses large canvases to evoke her feelings for others to see. Deep eyes smooth and bright lines of cheeks and faces, all these are on a big scale, big as human life is.
At the present, paintings of Anna Miklashevich are in private collections in the USA, Canada, Ukraine, Slovenia, Italy, Swiss, Bulgaria, etc. She exhibits her paintings all over the World, also in the USA.
2018 – Founded the atelier in Idrija, the city of UNESCO heritage, Slovenia. Here she paints and teaches students all over the World to paint.
Since I can remember, I have always painted. In school I would find myself drawing faces of my schoolmates. On the train to the seaside I would sketch shapes of hills, woods and roadhouses outside my window. I continued to paint during my years in Kaliningrad State University (Kant University now), which I graduated from in 1982 with Master’s degree in biology and chemistry. Even though I didn’t pursue my scientific career, being a biologist gives me an ability to look at the world with unique
angle, for example, one of my scientific graphic series “The Cell” was exhibited in Germany in 1993 (currently in private collection, Italy).
My favorite medium is watercolor, but I also enjoy oil painting and graphics. I invented a unique technique of painting on slides, which I used while working as a stage designer for public theatre performances such as “Do Love Painting, Poets!”, “A. Block” and “We Are But A Voice”. My paintings on slides became part of the illustrations for the book “Sound and Meaning” by A.Zhuravlyov in Moscow in 1981 with a second extended edition in 1991 in Leipzig (Germany).
Since 1998 I have been working for Kaliningrad University as a lecturer in computer art and watercolors. In 2003 I received a PhD in Art Education. I was Research Scholar at the University of Louisville; currently I am a member of Kentucky Watercolor Society, Louisville Kentucky Area Fiber and Textile Artist.
I am always ready to explore new fields such as landscape design (Botanical Gardens, local Church, Svetlogorsk), mural (interior design for a Club House at Seaside summer camp), book illustrations (“Alice’s Adventures” and “Alice in Wonderland”, “Computer Sound-Color”, “Quick Fix”), painting on silk.
I don’t know where the future might take me but I am sure I would never give up painting because it allows me to express my love for life!
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 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.
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.
Some works of art tell stories, pray, argue, wonder, laugh, despair – just like the fellow human beings. The works of Ruslan Tremba listen.
The artist uses sheer foils of pure color. Laid on large-format canvases, the color loses its materiality and becomes immaterial light. The pictures shine. The light seems to be immanent in the picture like in a gemstone. Other than in the Middle Ages, we know that it cannot be true and that the light only comes from the outside. The immediate perception, however, is little influenced by these modern insights – the light, i.e. the divine, the unspeakable – is in the picture.
The loss of corporality of color, no traces of paint application, means that painting looks as if made-without-hands (Acheiropoieton), an immaculate tabula rasa and a piece of revelation.
On the smooth image surface, the light is refracted through various irregularities, pores and wrinkles. It is not a dazzling, direct light of the electric age, nor the moving light of a flame. Rather, it is the soft, glowing light of irregularly twisted Byzantine mosaics – the light of San Marco in Venice, a reminiscence of light or a memory of light.
Ruslan splits the Byzantine icon into two distinct parts. He detaches the gold background from the countenance in the icon – the word from the mystical speechlessness, the divine and the human, the aura of presence from the concrete figure. By extracting the gold background, the artist makes room in the icon – for the silent presence or for a new figure.
The silhouettes of those attending are then mirrored deeply in the gentle, glowing light. The author speaks in this regard of his realism. From within the picture, the images are not reflected with the functional austerity of a mirror image, but with the tenderness of a dream, a poem. Only the denseness of the figure is transferred to the radiant image – the eternity. It is a kind of portrayal that, simply because of the technique, unspoken, reminds us of the eternity in man, a realism of the soul.
The image evokes the inward self, the hidden doppelganger. There emerges a homely togetherness, an intimacy with the work that says “I see you” not to refer directly to the Bible saying “You are my beloved son“. The paintings of Ruslan Tremba bear a silent presence, attentively listening and welcoming all that comes.
My artistic career began in Russia at the Children’s Art School, in 1973. Thereafter I completed the Leningrad Art College in 1980, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with specialization in sculpture.
I began working as an art teacher at a children’s art studio. Later I worked as a freelance sculptor involved in various projects dealing in decorative sculpture and monuments.
Aside from this activity, I was engaged in exhibitions displaying my own art. In 1989 I traveled to Italy with intent to study Renaissance Art and Architecture. Then later immigrated along with my family to the United States and since 1990 lived in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.
I initiated my artistic position here as a designer for fashion lace productions and later worked as a restorer of various art objects. In 1994 I made the transition to sculpture as my general business and began working as a freelance sculptor for several companies that produced various forms of sculpture ranging from jewelry to dolls and monuments.
This freelance position allowed me the opportunity to visualize my own ideas in sculpture art and exhibit them in galleries and shows throughout the states. My sculptures and dolls have earned numerous industry awards and award nominations. Some sculptures selected for the 1996 Annual Exhibition of National Sculpture Society.
In 1998 won a prestige award from the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art in New York. As a result, my sculptures were published in art magazines, books and one work appeared in the Pfizer permanent collections of Modern Art. Images of my sculptures have been used on album sleeves for music bands in England and the USA.
Currently I am working on a sculpture collection combining bronze with glass and crystal spheres as part of my conceptual view.
Mykola Zhuravel is one of the most original artists of Ukrainian today.
Creativity of Mykola Zhuravel – always search and experiment. That’s why it appeals to different kinds of arts.
“Levkas” called chalky soil of medieval iconography. From it postponed a modern sophisticated technique of writing, which combines the quality not only of paintings (by the way, of course levkas differ quite ascetic, muted color palette, paint for them is often tempera), but also sculpture.
Mykola breaks the boundaries between painting and sculpture, performance and installation art. He turns to nature to create thriving monuments to man’s links to the Earth itself. He searches for compatibility between Earth and mankind, while pointedly making reference to the obstacles that human beings have placed in the way of a harmonious existence. Zhuravel’s ambitious style results in a remarkable series of living images of a visionary utopia, ranging from his beehive sculptures to his thought provoking installations of glass jars that become virtually transcendental. Born into a family of beekeepers, Mykola incorporates elements and products of beekeeping with traditional media into his work. He uses honey, beeswax, and the actual beehive itself, along with other unusual media, such as tea and wine to create his unique works of art. The exquisite conceptual works present an arresting and deeply affecting array of images based on the age-old practice of nurturing honeybees. Equally striking are Zhuravel’s paintings. By using levkas, a traditional primer employed by icon painters, He unites the legacies of Byzantine and Russian icon painting with his contemporary painterly technique. The result, richly vibrant and inventive contemporary works that emerge as modern-day icons.