Spring Exhibition at MoRA 2017

Isabella Glaz,Vitaliy Gonikman, Alex AG, Grigory Gurevich, Vasily Kafanov, Irene Koval, Lenny Levitsky Yelena Lezhen, Liliya Popova, Irina Sheynfeld, Emil Silberman, Igor Tulpanov, Judith Unger, Dmitry Zatsarin, Zina Zinchik

Spring Exhibition at MoRA – 2017
April 8th through April 29th

Open Friday from 4-7 pm
Saturday, Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm

Opening reception with artists:
Saturday, April 8th 6PM-9PM

For more information contact:
Boris Belenky, MORA Director:





Participating artists:

Isabella Glaz
Vitaliy Gonikman
Alex AG
Grigory Gurevich
Vasily Kafanov
Irene Koval
Lenny Levitsky
Yelena Lezhen
Liliya Popova
Irina Sheynfeld
Emil Silberman
Igor Tulipanov
Judith Unger
Dmitry Zatsarin
Zina Zinchik



Isabella GlazIsabella Glaz

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 Glaz 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.


Vitaliy GonikmanVitaliy Gonikman

I was born and raised in a beautiful old city Odessa in Ukraine. Odessa was my early inspiration for black and white cityscape drawings. Now I live in the beautiful city of New York that is spiritually so close to Odessa.

Throughout my life I was trying to establish my own style, style that will express my inner world and artistic preferences. When I started to create surrealistic black and white drawings I felt ‘this is it’…..I have found it and I named my style “Conceptual Surrealism”. My main intent is to embed a deep meaning in each image but leave plenty of room for the viewer’s imagination.

My favorite media is ink and pen but I’m gladly using oil paints, watercolors, pencils, and I love photography.



Vitaliy GonikmanAlex AG

New York based artist. His digitally modified panoramas largely focus on surrealistic harmony of urban life of large cities: New York, Istanbul, Bucharest, however, large part of the collections is vistas of nature, or single depiction of people, animals and non-animated objects.
This winter collection is focusing on memories of the old New York presented in modern media and approach to image processing.
His works are offering the new approach to interpretation of reality captured by a camera. Another area to which artist is paying extremely close attention is methods of printing the artwork. Alex employs several processes, including printing on standard metal surfaces, custom print on materials such as leather, steel, stone… The separate area of Alex AG works is printing on transparent and semitransparent surfaces, including multi-layered prints on glass and prints on semiprecious stones, which require illumination for display.


Grigory-GurevichGrigory Gurevich

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. In April 1995 Mr. Gurevich was granted a patent on a new type of manifolding book, one of which” Numbers 1-10,10-1″, is in  collection at the Brooklyn Museum and two different kinds of books are in the collection of a library at Columbia University of Chicago.
In 2004 his pen and ink drawing “The Tree” had been accepted as a temporary loan to the Gallery of Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
His work won many awards and honorable mentions. His biography is 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.

Vasily KafanovVasily Kafanov

My work focuses on reconnecting time. Time is an illusory and shapeless substance. It is homogenous along its entire length, and we recognize each of its distinct ages by the objects it produces and leaves behind. Time is like a blank canvas on which each age leaves its own inimitable imprint, coloring it with its own recognizable objects. Our parents and grandparents, and generations that came before them, were all defined by the objects of their age. We see them in old photographs dressed in the fashion of the day, sitting next to their record players or driving their quaint motor cars.

The old photographs, the black-and-white images printed on cardboard from the century before last or the Polaroids from the 1970s, are also now a thing of the past – as are earlier oil portrait of men and women who came before them. It is the objects that pin us to the blank canvas of our time. I collect those objects, the images of the people they used to define and the ideas – in philosophy, technology, the arts – that gave rise to them, and put them in my work. I work in a variety of media.

I make paintings, collages, sculpture, drawings and ceramics. I scour flea markets looking for old object, for machines, mechanisms and devices of the past, whose purpose we no longer understand but that are ineluctably pinned to the age when they were created. They were once indispensable and useful, and they defined their time. I don’t try to restore or even understand them, but I find a new life for them in my work.

Our own age is defined by the amazing variety of objects we have created, but even more so by the objects we have discarded. This doesn’t mean that time has accelerated but rather that ages change one another at a kaleidoscopic pace, without having time to define themselves, to shape into an image or to leave a memory. I see my work as stringing together those half-formed shards of ages and reconnecting them into a continuous timeline.


Irene KovalIrene 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.


Lenny LevitskyLenny Levitsky

L. 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.

L. 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 LezhenYelena Lezhen

Yelena Lezhen is an American artist born in Ukraine who lives and works in New Jersey. Her preferred media is oil, acrylic and ink on canvas and paper. Her symbolism bears an emotionality required to express, soberly and directly, a specific emotive atmosphere. Eroticism and sexuality is the bridge that leads from visible to invisible in her works.

Yelena Lezhen has participated in numerous art exhibitions and won a number of juried selection calls for art and awards. Recently she exhibited and sold her art works at Art Hamptons 2016, and also at art exhibitions in Barcelona, Paris, Reggio Emilia (near Milan), and at SALON ART3F NICE (France) in October, 2016.

Her paintings and drawings can be found in private collections around the world, including United States, Germany, Israel, Russia, and Ukraine.



Liliya PopovaLiliya Popova

Liliya Popova is an artist from the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia) of the Russian Federation, who is now living and working in New York City.

Liliya Popova graduated from the Ilya Repin Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg. Her works are very personal, lyrical and feminine. They present themes and environments that are light-filled and radiate well being and serenity.

Since Liliya started studying painting during the period of the technical and philosophical realms of Russian Realism, she has expanded her personal vision into all realms of art, seeing artistic creativity and imagination as timeless and interrelated, a realm in which the next “ism” is the outcome and sequel of the previous one. Her own symbols are frequently drawn from folkloric arts and religion. They are easily divined, but at the same time they prompt connoisseurs of her paintings to reach into their subconscious and to come to terms with their own feelings and thoughts. She strives to awaken imagination of the viewer, to reward and challenge their innate esthetics – and to make them think about and question what they are seeing.

The artist’s work has been purchased by connoisseurs and collectors from around the world. Her pictures are held in the Sakha Republic’s National Museum of Arts and in many private Russian collections and galleries in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey and South Korea.

Irina SheynfeldIrina Sheynfeld

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 SilbermanEmil Silberman

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.
I have been greatly influenced by classical Russian art and its emphasis on highly emotional content, subtle story telling and hidden meaning. Artists like Repin, Perov, Surikov, Antakolsky and many others made a lasting impression on me from an early age. Later influences include artists like Modigliani, Otto Dix and the German Expressionists, and Kabakov. Although I have no formal art education, I have pursued my study of art through all available venues, and in the process have acquired knowledge of the techniques and materials that seem best suited to my ideas.
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 lighter 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.


Igor TulipanovIgor Tulipanov

Tulipanov is one of the few artists who treat painting the way it was treated several centuries ago. Sometimes he spends a few years on a single painting.
He was born in 1939 prewar Soviet Leningrad and was brought up by his mother. His father was killed at the beginning of W. W.II.
Young Tulipanov found himself as a student of Politechnical Institute studying to be an engineer, but soon he recognized his strong passion for painting. He left his engineering career to become a student of famous critic, artist and stage director, a teacher of Academy of Fine Arts, Theater and Cinematography, Nikolai Akimov.
Back in Leningrad Tulipanov created a number of important paintings, which today one can find in many private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Works like “Memory Chests”, “Mystery”, “The Room with Red Parquet” are the most memorable and important examples of his earlier career.
After leaving Russia in 1978 with his family, Tulipanov lived and worked in Paris. They came to the United States in 1979.
His first show in New York was in March 1980. Since then he had had numerous exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Trademarks of Tulipanov works include meticulous detail, logic in his compositions, the precision of his tiny brush strokes, his infatuation with the world and its mysteries.
He is not unlike an extremely skillful surgeon performing a very intricate operation. There is so much in one painting that its objects may be rightly considered to be paintings in themselves, but that would defeat the artist’s purpose, which is to create a world harmonious and complicated in its simplicity, a world that exists in his imagination.
Reality notwithstanding, the artist’s illusionist style remains elusive and all but irresistible to discover!

Judith UngerJudith Unger
“Unique, One of a Kind Sculpture Celebrating Strong Women”
I earned a Sculpture Degree at RISD during the late 60’s. An exciting groundbreaking time for the arts. David Macaulay, illustrator of numerous books including “How Things Work” was studying illustration at RISD. World renown glass artist Dale Chihuly, worked in the studio next to mine. He started blowing glass , experimenting with blowing glass pieces larger than himself until they shattered into pieces on the concrete floor! I experimented with resins and fiberglass, all new to the art world.
I learned to cast bronze and aluminum with lost wax molds of my sculpture. At that time everyone kept their “Investment Molds” recipes secret (the molds used around the original wax sculpture). The wax was slowly burned out before pouring metal into it) . My Dad was a dentist and he knew about dental plaster, the most detailed plaster, unknown to most sculptors. So I used it and my fingerprints embedded in the modelling of the original wax sculpture were seen in detail in the final bronze castings!
Sculptor Gilbert Franklin was one of my mentors. While I was at RISD, he was the head of the Sculpture Department, no longer a teacher. He wore a suit and tie instead of the studio sculptor’s blue work shirt. One day he stopped short in my studio. I was working on a large 12-15 ft sculpture, similar to his bronzes. Astonishing everyone, he neatly removed his coat and tie and rolled up his white shirt sleeves in my dusty studio. Hands on, he showed me how to work my piece. He and my mother went to RISD together!
As a teenager, in the early 1960’s I frequently drove my parents’ car to Greenwich Village. Amazing musicians in intimate clubs ( Dave Van Ronk stepped on my foot!), underground films and filmmakers like Robert Downey Sr., and Warhol and the Electric Circus. Later Warhol came to RISD ,while I studied there, to show his films and talk.
After RISD I headed far Northeast. Enduring a night time seasick 12-14 hour ferry ride,laying still on the ferry’s bow all the way to distant Newfoundland. Newfoundlanders considered everyone not from Newfoundland, “Mainlanders”. Their closest ties are to Scotland and their “Newfie” brogue expresses it. I became friendly with the Art Department Staff at Memorial College where I showed my sculpture. Much of it was based off the brutal clubbing of mother seals in front of their cubs for their fur in the Spring.


Dmitry ZatsarinDmitry Zatsarin

The artist Dimitry Zatsarin was born in the city of Pyatigorsk in Russia in 1959, he graduated from the Kuban state University of Arts and Technical Graphics located in Krasnodar Russia, he is a longtime member of the Creative Union of Artist and works. He specializes in oil paint on velvet and the classic technique of painting on canvas. Dimity has participated in many private and public exhibitions of his work. His work has been shown in many countries such as  Israel, Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and also in the United States.
The artist works with animal imagery, creative recycling of animal images. Dimitry als0 loves to paint flowers, Orchids being his favorite. He is constantly adding to his works, there is a piece in his collection that depicts the underwater world in a realistic manner. The artist has also used relief pastes and florescent colors to create unique fun pieces that captivate and inspire. He has also done may portraits depicting women in an elegant and tasteful manner.
The artist Demitry Zatsarin has been living in the United States since 2014


Zina ZinchikZina Zinchik

is a self taught artist who lives and works from West New York, NJ and specializing in fine art photography. She picked up camera in her late 20th to pursue passion for photography she enrolled into countless art classes and participated in workshops with globally accomplished photographers.

Amused by extremely cold temperatures brought into New York City by arctic vortex, she become to experiment with ice and frozen flowers creating “Frozen spring” collection. The artistic influence behind this flower imagery stems from deep appreciation for the simple, the untainted and the unadulterated beauty found in nature and the logistic restrictions influenced by weather.

“Frozen spring” collection was inspired by the arctic vortex visiting New York City past winter. The artistic influence behind this flower imagery stems from my deep appreciation for the simple, the untainted and the unadulterated beauty found in nature and the logistic restrictions influenced by weather. These captured flowers exemplify growth and renewal struggling from under the freezing effects of global warming.
Experiments with liquids, flowers and freezing temperatures produced unique works that were captured in photography studio empower me to show beauty created by forces of nature.

Her works have been printed in numerous magazines and articles and can be found in private collections around the globe.


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