Ernst Neizvestny

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    DETAILS

  • 5 moulded color-lithographies on Arches

  • 1990

  • 76 x 56 cm

  • 1925

  • Magna Gallery, New York and San Francisco

  • Each signed and numbered

  • Loose in folder.

  • Nr. 33 of 185
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Ernst Neizvestny, born in 1925 in Swerdlowsk, is a Russian artist who has been based in New York since 1977. Philosopher, art theorist, painter, printmaker and sculptor, named "one of nature's monumentalists" by the critic John Russell. Neizvestny was educated at several institutions, beginning with the Academy for Fine Arts in Riga, then continuing at the Surikov Moscow Art Institute and concurrently studying philosophy at Moscow University. Shortly after graduation he became a member of the Union of Soviet Artists, working prolifically (although many of his works from this period were destroyed as "degenerated" and ideologically incorrect), exhibiting at numerous exhibitions and being awarded in national and international competitions, such as the Fourth International Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow (1957) or the International Dante Competition (1965). Since his very beginnings, he has been working on spectacular and monumental sculptures, starting with "Tree of Life" (since 1956), "Gigantomachia" (1958); in 1968, alongside architects Jurij Omelchenko and Pavel Pavlov, Neizvestny with "Lotus Blossom" project won the competition for the sculpture for the Aswan Dam in Egypt. That led him to international recognition, which resulted in shows in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris or Museum of Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv. In 1976, the artist was compelled into exile, and after a few months in Zurich, he settled in New York. During the following years, Neizvestny executed a number of spectacular monuments and significant sculptures, including "Heart of Christ" (1983) or a series of "Statues of Liberty" (1988) situated in Taiwan. Besides sculpture, he developed a compelling repertoire of illustrations, including the visual interpretation of Dante, Dostoyevsky or "The Book of Job". His works are included in important museum collections, such as the MoMA and Jewish Museum in New York, Museum of Modern Art in Tel-Aviv, Moderna Museet in Stockholm or Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

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