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Name   : Alex Levin
Location: Staten Island NY 
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VENETIAN MASKS' PORTRAIT / Painting Oil / 40x30" / 3500 USD

Description: Oil on Canvas 100 x 80cm (40" x 30")

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Alex Levin

Born in 1975, Kiev, Ukraine. At the age of six started painting and at the age of twelve entered the Art Academy, which graduated with awards. Immigrated to Israel in 1990. Since 1992 has been studying with Professor Baruch Elron (Chairman of Israel Artist Association). The main painting styles are Surrealism and Realism. Featuring a range of works in oil, acrylic, pencil, charcoal and tempera paints. The majority of the paintings are displayed in private and institutional collection of Israel, Belgium, USA, Australia and Russia and have been reproduced on the covers of the books and other printing materials. Practicing the original manner of 16th century technique, which happens to be multilayered use of tempera and oil (no brush strokes). After serving 3 years in Israel Army, in 1997 entered the industrial and web design program which was a great benefit for my art work. Since 1990 live in Israel and working as a full time freelance artist. Currently working on 2 series: Judaic and "Venice through the masks' eyes". The earlier paintings from "mask collection" were introduced in year 2002 at Bugno Art Gallery in Venice, Italy and where awarded with the scholarship to Venice Academy of Art to support artist's continuing artistic development and enable him to devote substantial time to the creation of new work.
The old saying in Venice says, "The long nose of the mask is the Venetian Symbol". You put the mask on when you want to be different; to hide your feelings, your purposes, have your little intrigues and remain undiscovered. From the ancient times, Venetian masks were made to represent faces of mystical characters, never seen but believed to exist. The real masks were produced from leather and became a "second face" even giving people the ability to kiss. The Venice itself is the city in mask and through that mask that enchanted city is looking on the surrounding world. "Venice through the masks' eyes" that is how the Artist, Alex Levin, named the series of work, where he is looking in the eyes of every one of his mask, and discovers for us the most sensitive places of the treasury of Venice. When the series of masks would be completed and brought together, we would see the gold of costumes and silver of laces and masks. masks. masks, and also the mirror reflection of the most breath taking performance in the world - the Venice Carnival.
1989 - KIEV, UKRAINE 1990 - HERZLIYA PITUACH, ISRAEL 1993 - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (Wine festival Rishon le Zion) 1994 - NEW YORK, USA (ArtExpo) 1997 - SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA (Avory Gallery) 1998 - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (Bitan Haomanim) 1998 - AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (ArtExpo) 1999 - PARIS, FRANCE (Gal. le Parvis Saint Merri) 1999 - HERZLIYA, ISRAEL (Vizo) 2000 - LAS VEGAS, USA (ArtExpo) 2000 - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (Gallery Aigu) 2001 - NEW YORK, USA (ArtExpo) 2001 - BERN, SWITZERLAND (Galerie Marlyse Aebli) 2001 - HAIFA, ISRAEL (Eshkol Pais) 2002 - NEW YORK, USA (ArtExpo) 2002 - VENICE, ITALY (Art Gallery Bugno (Venice thru the mask's eyes)) 2002 - TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (Offir Gallery) 2003 - NEW YORK, USA (ArtExpo) 2003 - SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA (Hamilton Art Gallery)

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