Shimon OKSHTEYN |
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Russian (Fed.) 1951
Shimon Okstheyn was born in 1951 in Chernovitz, USSR. He was admitted to the famous Odessa Art Academy. Until 1979, numerous exhibits in the Soviet Union. In 1980, Shimon moved to America and his artistic career took on a new turn, influenced by New York and Americana, based on the "American Reality" concept. Innovation of form, an original use of color, themes, and all items that take part in the conceptual and artistic innovations of the work, allow us to state that Shimon Okstheyn is one of the greatest living artists.
Using different techniques allows Shimon Okshteyn to generate rich and complex surfaces, where collage has a lion's share. A work is often designed as a huge pattern where each item is adjusted against another to build an image. Neighborly relationships participate in a a new visual unity and semantic meaning of the work.
Woman is the dominant figure, provocative, even sexy, however only in appearance. As a matter of fact, if our perceptions are disturbed by Okshteyn's faces, it could well be because they refer directly to the precariousness of our lives, repeatedly alluding to the futility of our pleasures, our joys, our pains, our sadness, our life, our world?
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