Art Vision and Bio
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 – Glass Blowing.
During relatively short carrier as a Glass Artist, I was bestowed International prestigious scholarships and awards. My works were included in juried exhibitions in galleries and museums in Israel, US, France and UK, in private collections and museum permanent collections. Currently I am working as Lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art and in my Glass Studio in Tel Aviv, Israel.