Just wanted to share with everyone my latest work: Lollipop Bike. When I was a little boy, I dreamed to get a motorcycle. Not just a motorcycle, not simply beautiful, but one that comes with a status. When I grew up, I could afford to buy such a bike. But then I realized that keeping a dream is much more interesting. My new, shiny, fragile, glass bike is a dream come true that I can actually hold in my hands. The sculpture is made of more than 100 pieces of hand blown glass. It took me about 2 years to make. I plan it to be a first work in a series “Rise of a Lollipop”
2012-2016 Lecturer, Veliko Tarnovo University, Bulgaria 2012 Visiting Artist, Master Class, Art School, Sofia, Bulgaria 2005 – present Lecturer, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel 2003 – 2005 TA in Glass Blowing, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel EDUCATION BFA, Bezalel Academy of Art, Israel DMD, Medical Institute, Dental School, Leningrad, USSR WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts, Wheaton Village, NJ, USA Liberty Museum of America, Philadelphia, USA Museum of ImaJewnation, St.Louis, MO, USA AWARDS&HONORS 2013 1st Place, Four Cups Of Wine For Freedom, Museum of ImaJewnation, St.Louis, MO, USA 2012 Award of Recognition, Minister of Education of Bulgaria 2011 3rd place, Mediterranean Design Awards, Disseny Hub Barcelona, Spain; 2006 The CGCA
To walk on the “edge” was always my motto in life. To always walk the line where one art direction ends but a new one is yet to begin; where the possibilities of matter are brought to their limit and where ideas are brought to the absurd – that is where I practice my art. Any material reveals its hidden and surprising qualities only in extreme situations. The transformation of glass from its hot, raw and liquid state into stiff, cold and fragile substance symbolizes, in my eyes, the full cycle of life. In my work, I look for ways to intertwine traditional glass blowing with contemporary art.
I was born and grew up in St. Petersburg (aka Leningrad), USSR. At age of 17, I started Medical School, department of Dentistry. While being a student I became an activist in a movement for human rights and democracy in the USSR. Because of this activity, I was under risk of arrest and used first possible opportunity to immigrate to Israel. After few “quiet” years of working as a dentist, I started to paint, then sculpture in clay and finally sculpture in hot blow glass. In 2005, I got a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, department of Ceramic and Glass Design. Subsequently I closed my dental clinic to devote all the energy to my biggest passion –