I was born into a Jewish Family. My father was from Lithuania, my mother from Belarus. They were two very different and very wonderful people. From my father I inherited my love for music and art, from my mother, good health and an unlimited zest for life.
My father knew several languages including Hebrew and Yiddish, and he loved music. Those were the years of the Stalin era. We lived in Moscow in a communal apartment with seven other families. My parents whispered Yiddish to each other in secret.
I thought, in my youth, that Yiddish was a language to be spoken in whispers. Often on Fridays nights, my father invited his Jewish friends to celebrate Shabbat where prayers were also spoken in whispers. Although anti-Semitism was enforced from the top to the bottom of Russian society, I was raised Jewish and was proud of it.
I was the youngest of three children. When I was five, my father took me to a music school to study the violin. His dream was to see me as a concert violinist. But my dream was to become a sculptor. Five years later I switched from my music school to an art school to study sculpture, but music has remained an important part of my life.
Forty years ago, when I was 28, I went to the only Synagogue in Moscow on Simchat Torah. There I met a young woman who became my wife just four months later. We raised three sons together.
Years passed. Now I live in America. Sculpture is my life and my profession. My sculptures are permanently exhibited in many galleries, museums and private homes around the world. For the past few years I have focused on Jewish art. Jewish culture has a long history and has endowed us with a rich legacy of Synagogue architecture and traditional symbols.
Jews have always lived in the midst of other cultures but have managed to preserve their traditions. Since time immemorial, everyday items, ritual objects and tombstones have reflected Jewish aesthetics and symbols. More recently, Jewish artists started to express themselves in the visual arts and in literature.
My passion is to create decorative art to be displayed in public places such as libraries, community centres and Jewish Museums. I also create awards and medals which can be used to recognize people who donate their time and money to Jewish causes. I work in traditional materials such as bronze, wood and stone as well as modern materials such as glass, steel, aluminum and acrylic.
|The purpose of my work is to connect the Jewish past to the present - to maintain the tradition of our forefathers and to preserve our heritage.
Welcome to my world.