Zwy Milshtein

    Zwy Milshtein brings his wanderings and his beliefs into his paintings.  A man of conviction, he travels through the art world at his own pace, disregarding the rules and changing fashions.  He has an individual pictorial style, a product of his life.  It is also a kind of jubilant poetry with its origins in the sources of the world, in the caves of Altamira and Lascaux, where the early humans drew signs and graffiti for the first time on the cave walls.  Milshtein is not a painter ‘decorator’, he paints because it is a vital, pressing necessity for him: an act of love.  His painting follows his life, and it is also a means of communication, knowledge and memory with a trace of the exodus!Milshtein’s work is a silent cry, work that bears witness, that strengthens the regard, both a record book and an intimate diary: “In his painting, there are so many artists’ truths”.“I consider my painting as being expressionist, influenced by painters such as Bosch, Brueghel, Goya and Soutine”.  Illustrious elders who have left a timeless and permanent mark in the history of painting.  He also says that he has been more influenced by Tapies than by Chagall.Milshtein’s paintings are created like a palimpsest “scraped off to be written on again”, glazed, hiding images which rub off, disappear, and reappear like life.  Milshtein’s images are fleeting, we see movement, free gestures, the superimposition of actors, like a shadow theatre, both a comedy and a tragedy, with a backdrop, the innocence of the good and the bad.  Women are extremely present in his work, as girl, mother and lover all at the same time.His silent cry expresses the anguish in our world, always on the verge of chaos.  Milshtein escapes into his paintings, leaving the spectator with the hope that words will vanish and images will remain!  Milshtein is also the statement of our time.

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