A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Julia Ayzman was born in 1958. The granddaughter of renowned muralist, Alex Ayzman, Julia spent her childhood in his studio. There, she developed a fierce passion for the materials and process of oil painting.
During her years as a student at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts (Muchina), she began to exhibit her works at the Russian Museum and galleries. During summer breaks, Ayzman affiliated with the archeological department of the Hermitage Museum, working as an artist for many archeological expeditions throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Black Sea region. Her works are included as part of the permanent collection of Hermitage and the Odessa Museum of Archeology.
In 1988, after obtaining her Masters degree at the St. Petersburg Academy, Ayzman immigrated to America and settled in New York. Continuing her studies, she obtained a second Masters degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She maintains a studio and exhibits in Soho, and has won numerous juried competitions.
It is the combination of Ayzman's European heritage, painterly vitality, spatial depth, solidity, sensuality, and artistic objectivity that she admired in the old masters, coupled with her awakened sensibility to the multiculturalism of New York that gives her paintings a breathtaking intensity. With unflinching directness, she engages the viewer through bold, tactical paint handling and high emotional charge that is dynamic and extravagant.
Ayzman's works seems to carry an aura of atmosphere around them, and expand and contract in that atmosphere like a living being. As we are drawn into her paintings, her characters reveal themselves with the same abandon used by the artist in her bold technique. Ayzman is a remarkable portraitist, but one who has not become a hostage of portrait art. She is also a landscape and still life painter who feels the soul of nature finely and deeply, just as she captures the soul of her sitter.
Ayzman has the rare ability to grasp the essence of her subject in a way that transcends definition, to reach a harmony of compositional, picturesque, and color solutions, always interesting and unexpected. There is little doubt that Ayzman is an outstanding expressionist artist, whose works give new meaning to expressionism.
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