was born in Kiev in November 1924. When I was about 6 years
old, my Mother decided to move to Moscow, in search of work.
We took a train, a merchandise transporter train. In those box
cars there were about 20-30 people, and from Kiev to Moscow
is about 450 miles, so it took us 2 weeks to get to Moscow -
just to illustrate what kind of situation existed then.
16 years old, I joined the Fine Arts School, Sculpture School,
Sculpture Workshop. We were working for 4 hours in the shop,
learning how to make sculpture. The next 4 hours were academic:
learning architecture, decoration, stone carving, clay, hot
wax process for bronze sculpture. In June 1941 school was closed
and converted to a war factory to manufacture military hardware.
So, I volunteered to the army so I could defend my country.
September we were sent to Front Line, and in December I was
sent back because I was damaged by explosion in my machine gun
nest. I was in Northern Caucausus Front; then, in December,
as prisoner, I was taken to Germany to work in the iron ore
mines. My art saved me as I was able to make portraits of the
guards in order to get an extra morsel of bread to sustain me
in this difficult year and a half, and when I sculpted from
a marble slab, the face of the Warden, everyone respected me
in a new way, especially the Warden.
1944, I escaped from Germany and the prison camp and its horrors,
and walked for one month to Burgundy, France, where I was captured
by the French gendarmes, sent to prison for "vagrancy". There
I met the people who were forming the French Resistance, and
I joined this underground group. On August 14th, I was shot
and severely wounded in an altercation with the Germans.
by a French family, Count and Countess de Montalembert, I was
hidden from the Germans and the French in their country house
until allied armies arrived. I was decorated by the French General
Koenig with the Croix de Guerre. I moved to Paris in January
and attended the Academy Julien and Grande Chaumiere Art Schools,
and various other art atteliers during this 3 year recuperation
from my wounds.
went to Argentina in 1947 and worked for 2 years, and then returned
to Paris to resume my studies in the art academies. In 1955
I immigrated to the USA, and worked as a commercial artist for
advertising agencies until 1960, when I left for Spain for 6
months and stayed 16 years. I had shows in London, Paris, Madrid,
Malaga and New York.
returned to the Bay Area in 1976 where I have continued to live
with my wife, Carol, who is my greatest supporter! I have had
shows at the Vorpal Gallery, Hewlett Packard Art Gallery, Opts
Gallery and SomArts Gallery.
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