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Bio

Born in Eastern Europe - emigrated to New York City in 1990 & exhibited there before moving to Australia in 2000. Lived/worked in Australia for 8 years.  New Zealand is my permanent home since 2009.

Emerging from behind the iron curtain, my art; paintings, and works on paper, strive to capture the underlying forces that dominate and determine the conditions of the human psyche.

 

In my latest works, I continue to expand upon strategies of collage, drawing, and painting that conjure earlier established themes and imagery mined from a myriad of sources including, movies, cult icons, literature, television, and my personal history.

 

This broad range of historical references not only foregrounds my own interest in appropriating past visual and literary styles but also invokes the schizophrenic and pathological impulses at work in my imagination.

As the use of colour has played an increasingly central role in my more recent works, so has the formal concern for surface, space, and technique, resulting in densely populated and fragmentary images that further articulate my refusal to offer a conventional narrative logic.

Often at once perversely funny and poetically contemplative, I think my power lies in an ability to occupy multiple positions at once, and ultimately to implicate text and image in a slippery production of meaning. 

I consider myself a "collector of souls," seeking not only to capture the truth of the individual but also to reflect the spirit in which they lived.

AWARD EXHIBITIONS

2023 MOLLY MORPETH CANADAY AWARD, NZ

2021 WALKER & HALL ART AWARD, NZ 

2018 WALKER & HALL ART AWARD, NZ 
2017 WALKER & HALL ART AWARD, NZ

2016 ADAM PORTRAITURE AWARD, NZ

2016 WALKER & HALL ART AWARD, NZ

2014 NZ PAINTING & PRINTMAKING AWARD, NZ

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2023 CURRENT - TABLE OF CONTENTS, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2023 IN PERSON, OBV GALLERY, MATAKANA NZ

2021 PUBLIC & PRIVATE, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2020 SECRET MESSAGES, ARTBAY GALLERY, QUEENSTOWN NZ

2019 A CAKE WALK THE PLANK, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2019 MONKEY BUSINESS CARD, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2018 MOTHER TONGUE TWISTS, ARTBAY GALLERY, QUEENSTOWN NZ

2018 INHABITED, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2017 PAINTED CITIES, ARTBAY GALLERY, QUEENSTOWN NZ

2017 SHADOWS AND FOG, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2017 BOYHOOD DREAMS, KINA DESIGN SPACE, NEW PLYMOUTH NZ

2017 THE FARCE, WAIHEKE COMMUNITY ART GALLERY, WAIHEKE NZ

2016 EKSPERIMENDID, REMUERA GALLERY, AUCKLAND NZ

2016 ATELOPHOBIA, PRINTING MUSEUM, TARTU ESTONIA

2016 GRASS GROWS ON MY TONGUE, KINA DESIGN SPACE, NEW PLYMOUTH NZ

2015 TOWN & COUNTRY, ARTBAY GALLERY, QUEENSTOWN NZ

2015 BIRD BRAIN, KINA DESIGN SPACE, NEW PLYMOUTH NZ

2014 ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS, ARTBAY GALLERY, QUEENSTOWN NZ

2013 AWKWARD SPACES, TOI GALLERY, WAIHEKE NZ

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 REFLECTIONS, EXHIBITIONS GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2023 CULTURAL NARRATIVES, NZ PARLIAMENT GALLERY, WELLINGTON NZ

2019 SEA CONVERSATIONS, WAIHEKE COMMUNITY ART GALLERY, WAIHEKE NZ

2018 ART MAP, WAIHEKE COMMUNITY ART GALLERY, WAIHEKE NZ

2016 NZ OUTSIDER ART FAIR, AUCKLAND NZ

2016 IMAGO MUNDI - KIWI CONSCIOUSNESS, TREVISO ITALY

2014 SUMMER, WOW MUSEUM, NELSON NZ

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