I was always fascinated by the ability of art to capture an emotion, a thought or a feeling in ways more powerful than can be expressed by words. Throughout my life I strive to achieve this ability and to continuously seek new ways of expression and form. I started to sculpt at the age of 3 when I got my first box of plasteline as a birthday gift. Since then my passion for art only grew stronger.
I studied art through many venues until my early 20’s but without attaining a formal art education I learned much of what I know on my own. Being self-taught eventually proved to be advantageous to my development as an artist. I was able to learn unconventional ways of using various materials and develop the necessary skills for their application. Over the years my artistic process continued to develop and undergo many transformations. Initially I found plaster to be a fascinating material when I understood how to delay its drying time for several hours. I devised my own technique of applying it to various surfaces producing unique texture and style. In the past decade I became interested in installations and site-specific works. There were several unique opportunities for artists to use old, unattended warehouses in Paterson, New Jersey for the purpose of creating art projects. Old, desolate warehouses provoke one's imagination to create in new and unusual ways, using large spaces and aging artifacts that were left behind. This experience was essential to learn how to command large and unusual spaces while using many new materials. I suddenly began using mixed media, found objects and light in my works, while constantly modifying my creative process.
Despite all the technical and stylistic changes over time I always remain true to my original goal of capturing an emotion or a thought in my work. I hope to make a viewer interact with my pieces on a level of raw emotions in a setting of rich visual experience, allowing us to share ideas and passions.
Born in Riga, Latvia (former USSR) in 1960. Lived in Israel and Dominican Republic. Currently reside in the USA. Art Education: Queens College, Flushing, NY; Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY; Cultural Arts Center, Haifa, Israel; Student’s Art League, Riga, Latvia. Professional Affiliations: Member of the National Sculpture Society
2014- "Paterson Art Walk"- site specific installation, Paterson, NJ
2014- "Transformations", Sculpture exhibition, Governor's Island, NY
2013-"Fabrika 7", Installation exhibition in DUMBO, Brooklyn, N.Y.
2013- MORA- Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, N.J.
2013-"Paterson Art Walk"- site specific installation, Paterson, N.J.
2012-“ Paterson Art Walk”-site specific installation, Paterson, N.J.
2011-“Museum of Jewish Heritage”, Prakhin Foundation Event, NYC, NY
2010- Butterfly Gallery, Red Bank, New Jersey
2010-“Escape from New York”, Group Exhibition of New York artists, Paterson, NJ
2010-“Fabrika II”, Installation Exhibition in textile factory district of Paterson, NJ
2009-“Fabrika I”, Installation Exhibition in textile factory district of Paterson,NJ
2009- Nutro Group Exhibition at 92nd Street Y, NYC, NY
2008- Bergen County JCC, Township of Washington,NJ
2007- “Preservation of Memory”, Installation in Paterson, NJ
2006- Museum of Russian Contemporary Art, Jersey City, NJ
2005- Rockaway Artists Alliance, Queens, NY
2005- Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, NY
2004- Audubon Artists, Queens, NY
2003- Queens College, Flushing, NY
2000- Williamsburg Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
1999- Ezair Gallery, Madison Avenue, NYC, NY
1998- YM and YMJA of Five Towns, Long Island, NY
1997- Paterson Museum of Art, Paterson, NJ
1996- Bon A Tier Gallery, Piermont, NY
1993- Connoisseurs Gallery, SoHo, NY
1991- Prince Art Gallery, SoHo, NY
1990- Queens Art Center, Queens, NY
1990- Pen and Bush Gallery, New York, NY
2003- 9/11 Memorial – Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY
1993- “Time and We”-Journal of Literature and Poetry in Russian language
2011 and 2013- Live interview on Russian Television Network (RTN)
1990-present-Multiple articles in local and Russian language media
1979-81-Queens College, Flushing, NY
1978-79-Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
1974-77-Cultural Arts Center, Haifa, Israel
1969-71-Student’s Art School, Riga, Latvia
1998-present-Member and Co-founder of NUTRO group
2000-Member of the National Sculpture Society
2014-Member of "Sculptor's Guild", NY
Artistic Styles and Methods:
-sculpture in plaster, wax, plasteline, clay, and wood
-stage and costume design
-director and producer of short film and comedy theatre
-drawings and works on paper
-site specific works