Shimon Okshteyn


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Stanley Knife, 2008-2012
graphite on paper mounted on canvas 
40 x 72 inches

Copyright © Shimon Okshteyn

From the curatorial statement for Dialogue With Objects - the mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007, 

"Shimon Okshteyn was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1951. In 1970 he graduated from the Mitrofan Grekov Art Institute in Odessa, lives and works in the USA since 1980. Since the early days in his new country, he has been a keen & sensitive observer of the external environment voraciously absorbing it. He did not hold onto the past, but took the best from it: school of academic drawing, virtuosity of a painter and a draughtsman and a close attention to realistic details. In his work he combines academic training and dot drawing with a new feeling and approach to the subject. Balancing between the high and the low, public and private, Okshteyn expresses his reality in his work. He is the barometer of time who defines where the artistic interest of the epoch moves".