Izya Shlosberg is a Jewish-American artist, writer, and philosopher, well known for expressing his philosophical and scientific ideas through his paintings. Born in 1950 in Pinsk, Belarus, he graduated from the Academy of Agricultural Machinery (Minsk, Belarus), and Moscow University of Art.
Izya moved to the United States in 1994 and quickly became known in New York and Baltimore art circles for his unique style and ability to express himself through his work. Through his art, Izya Shlosberg attempts to teach others about the world and its many unknowns.
With his complex paintings, Shlosberg encourages those who view them “to think outside the box and then outside of that box”.
In 1999, Izya Shlosberg began to write novels, mostly describing the thoughts behind his philosophical concepts. Some of the topics of interest to him included communications and understanding between humans and other living things, combinations of mechanical and creative processes, and two-way communication between the creator and his product.
Shlosberg’s paintings don’t illustrate what his novels say and his novels don’t repeat the story of his paintings. Although both objects are independent of one another, the combination of them creates a multidimensional, emotional, complex product. According to him, not only does this combination cause complex visual effects, but also creative ones.
In 2002 he created an international club of multi-talented people, Shiva Club,which includes about 100 artists, writers, poets, musicians, scientists, and actors.
Over 400 artworks by Izya Shlosberg are located in museums and collections around the world.
Shlosberg combines his technical training in industrial design and independent study of form and color to give him a unique perspective on the concept of art.
Mr. Shlosberg is a prolific, avant-garde artist. He combines his technical training in industrial design with his training in fine art. His role models range from the surrealism of De Chirico and Magritte to the Romanticism of Chagall, Breugel, and Klimt. However, Mr. Shlosberg tries to take the concept of painting to a higher degree. He thinks about painting as a tool or method for understanding the world. Just as many people see the world in terms of philosophy, physics, and math, Mr. Shlosberg uses intuition, reflection, and the subconscious. His techniques create an expression of profound depth and spirit in each painting. In his work, Mr. Shlosberg presents his innovative and unique concept of the physical and spiritual views of humankind and the world. Mr. Shlosberg’s distinctive contribution to the world of art – “three dimensional paintings” – is his trademark. These original creations not only use traditional elements such as color and form, but also different materials to add depth and texture to conventional two-dimensional oil paintings.
Belarus: Minsk 1978, 1982,2008; Pinsk 1973, 1975, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2008; Brest 1993;
Russia: Moscow 1985, 1994
Ukraine: Odessa 1990
Germany: Altena 1991; Berlin 1992
Poland: Bjala Podljaska 1988, 1990; Lodz 1990; Warsaw 1992
USA.: Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ 1995-2008; Russian Art, Potomac, 1994-1996; Zenith Gallery, Washington 1995-2003; International Art, Washington, 1995-1997; Gordon Gallery, Baltimore 1996, 2002, 2010; Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore 1997; Gallery 6001, Baltimore 19992-2007; Montage Gallery Baltimore 1999-2010, Baltimore; American Artradgeous Gallery 1999-2001, New York; Lombardo Gallery 1999-2002, New York; International Gallery 2001-2003, New York ; Ray & Sveta Dileo Art Show, Silver Spring, 2003, 2005; Gallery Blues, Cleveland, 2003-2004; Rockville Show, Rockville, 2003; Kol Nashim, Baltimore, 2004, MAP, Baltimore, 2002-2008; Russian Synagogue, New York, 2004; Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, 2006-2012; Artomatic, Washington 2008; ArtBank, Washington, 2008-2013; Kish Gallery, Columbia, 2012, Norman and Sarah Brown Art Gallery, Baltimore, 2010, 2013; Still Life Gallery-Ellicott City, Maryland, 2013
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey (The biggest museum of Russian art outside of Russia.)
Granada Cultural Center, Spain