Was born in 1956 , Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
1983-1984 Studied at External State University of Arts (Alexander Egorov's studio), Moscow, Russia.
1994 Repatriation to Israel.
1999 Work selected for "The Art Millennium Collection", The Hague, The Netherlands.
1999 Chosen for "2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century" Encyclopedia, IBC, Cambridge, UK.
1998 The Renaissance 2001 International Art Group,Tokyo, Japan.
2000 The S.P.A.C.E. Artistic Community, Boston, MA, USA.
2000 The 218 ac Artistic Community, Piacenza, Italy.
2001 International Biblical Artists, Givataim, Israel.
J-Art Conception of Jewish Fine Arts
Bless the Lord, O my Soul
Art and Jewish tradition to me are two correlative forms that try to realize and reflect the meaning of human being. The meaning is forgotten when the system of thoughts, that raised it, is not acting on. The tradition is keeping on, but there is danger for it's going to be not intelligent ritual or transit to obsession. So, to my consideration, the fruitful approach in Jewish Fine Arts is the one in two - meaning and shape; ethics and principles of plastic language's organization.
Prohibition on Jewish Fine Arts
Can we talk about conception of Jewish Fine Arts if there is a prohibition on it from the Torah: Exodus (20:4): "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness, of any thing that is the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." When we translate this prohibition from Hebrew word by word we shall see: "Thou shalt not make unto thee graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above and in underground kingdom." Compare this sentence with story from Genesis (1:6-10): "And God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters, which were under the firmament from the waters, which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, let the waters under the heaven are gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together waters called be seas." So, the wonderful picture springs up. There no prohibition on Jewish Fine Arts, there is prohibition on representation of chaotic worlds, illustrative eschatology and immersion into darkness. Hymn to light and responsibility of artist. "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." And God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."(Genesis 1:2-4)
Existential dialog and silence of the Universe
The essence of the basic Jewish pray "Hear, O Israel" is not Jewish only, but it is personal (hear) - national (Israel) - universal (the Lord is our God, the Lord is One). It is said in the pray: "...if you continually hearken to my commandments..." Jewish tradition regards human life as a dialog with the Lord, as a trying to hear the answer to the question that everyone asks himself: "Where am I?", and within the desire to hear the question to himself: "Where art thou?" This question frequently remains without the answer, the verbal answer, at least. Rare person can hear this Voice coming from the Heaven. Nevertheless, every one of us enters this dialog independently of his awareness of self-spiritually by his every action. Everyone is considering and commencing his acts, thought and wishes with some etalon, that exist without or within. Everyone is occupied with or God-seeking, or God-constructing, or God-destructing, but more often with first, second and third together.
Tallite and Tefilline
Tallite - is a white rectangle, forming the space of any degree of flexibility, that filling in any futility slowly, smoothly and majesty. Enveloping, warming and concealing, coming on and falling down, floating and flying Tallite; attending every one who tries to realize the meaning of human being or passes on to another world. This is a little piece of white material that is born, growing up and dying, changing the colors from snow-white to cream, yellow and almost brown. It is beauty and proud of the Jew, his common wear with the Torah scroll. Shroud concealing for coming on special light. Four corners of Tallite is binding to the heaven by threads of vision. Blue color of one thread is leading not to nowhere but thoughtfully transform "thelet"(blue) into "tahlit"(aim). This is a binding and orienting thread, whether it is a State of Israel's flag, or it is a daily wear of orthodox person - Tallite is the uniting, keeping and giving a Hope space. Tefilline - is a black mat cube twinkling near the heart and the brain. Restricting, separating and standing over; containing four invisible little pieces of parchment with the Torah's words, that endow us of special priest-nation proud. Was taken out from the slavery by wonderful and therefore not every deep realized way, which requires daily mention about it. Rib, cruelty, strictness and incredibility of our existence, border - we are dissolve instantly out of it. "Am segula" - the chosen people, like a rainbow violet ("segol") which precedes an invisible ultraviolet, we close human possible flight and trend to the Heavens, beginning it from the most red of the earths, the Man is created of.
Igor Joseph Ulanovsky
27.01.1997, Ramat-Gan, Israel
1984 Group exhibition in Podolsk, Moscow region, Russia.
1991 Exhibition with Andranik Petrosyan, The Yerevan Youth Palace, Armenia.
1996 Group exhibition "Jaffa Nights", Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, Israel.
Group exhibition, Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1997 Solo exhibition, The Central House of Artists (CHA), Moscow, Russia - the first personal exhibition of an Israeli artist at the CHA.
Group exhibition, City Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1998 "Menorah" exhibition, The Vine Gallery, Louisville, KY, USA.
Group exhibition "State of the Art's 98", Florence Events Center, Florence, OR, USA.
1999 Selections from The Vine Gallery, The Artists Theatre of Louisville Gallery, KY, USA
MAC 21 International Contemporary Art Fair and Art-e-mail, Exhibition Center Sur, Malaga, Spain.
First International Internet Festival, Celtica Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
"The Renaissance 2001" group exhibition, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy.
"Incontro al Mondo" exhibition, Sole Gallery, Piacenza, Italy.
2000 Personal exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Louisville, KY, USA.
"OldMail 1999/NewMail 2000" exhibition, The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, USA.
"1/2000" exhibition, College Jacques-Cartier, Chauny, France.
"How Both Men and Women View Women", Scollan Square Gallery, City Hall, Boston, MA, USA.
Personal exhibition, The 218 ac Artistic Community, Piacenza, Italy.
" Seeds" exhibition, Shomeido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
"Jewish Moscow", Club of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Moscow, Russia.
Second International Internet Festival, Celtica Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
Akiruno Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
Gilardi Prize,Gilardi Museum, Querceta, Ceravezza, Italy.
"Bit by Bit Digital", The Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO, USA.
2001 Prayerflags exhibition. Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia.
49th Venice Biennial, Marco Nereo Rotelli project "A Net of Voices", Arsenal, Venice, Italy.
Sabbatical Year, personal exhibition, The Bible Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Art of your Life, Gallery 21, London, UK.
Edinburgh International Internet Festival 2001, Celtica Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
XI International Biennial Art Exhibition, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.
Prix Ars Electronica 2001, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), Linz, Austria.
For the Victims of Terror, A Virtual Memorial, Cologne, Germany.
Between Inspiration and Depression, A Virtual Memorial, Cologne, Germany.
"Actuality" exhibition, Hanita Contemporary Art Museum, Kibbutz Hanita, Israel.
"rhythmONE", CELLspace, San Francisco, CA, USA.
2002 "1/2000" exhibition, MAL, Laon, France; Jean Calvin Museum, Noyon, France.
"Freedom" exhibition, Hanita Contemporary Art Museum, Kibbutz Hanita, Israel.
The Free Biennial, Frying Pan, New York, NY, USA.
"Genesis 1,2" exhibition, The Bible Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel; Studio Oman, Hadera, Israel.
Centering: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Sacred Art, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
Free Manifesta,Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany.
"The Blue Line", Six Israeli Artists exhibition, Omma Gallery, Hania, Greece.
"Majority Rules (Part One)", Free Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Art Day exhibition, Ginza City Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
"22", Personal exhibition, Museum Khan, Ashkelon, Israel.
"Mirror at the Bottom - artists portraiting themselves", A Virtual Memorial, Cologne, Germany.
Edinburgh International Internet Festival 2002, New Dalry House, Edinburgh, UK.
"Violence", Violence Festival, Tabor, Czech Republic; Computer Space Festival 2002, Sofia, Bulgaria; Liberarti Festival/Liverpool Biennale, UK; 43th International Filmfestival, Thessaloniki, Greece.
2003 "Digitalis 2" exhibition, The Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, Canada.
"Men-Shin-Ko", Art Day exhibition, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan.
"Combination Plate", Art Day exhibition, Cafe Slow Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
XII International Biennial Art Exhibition, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.
Self-Presentation, A Virtual Memorial, Cologne, Germany.