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A02231401D

LEONID BALAKLAV (b.1956)
Untitled (Portrait)
Signed and Dated in Charcoal, L. Balaklav 97 (upper right)
Charcoal on Paper
Image: 11 x 8 inches
Frame: 19.25 x 16 inches

Price:  $1,800.00 

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Born in Bieltzi, Moldavia, studied at the Kiev School of Arts and at the Odessa Art Institute. Immigrated to Israel in 1990 and settled in Jerusalem. Balaklav was known as a promising artist in Moldavia. in his early work in Russia, he sought to conduct a dialogue with the works of the great masters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Repin. The acme of Balaklavs paintings is the self portraits; in these paintings, he puts himself into states of environmental pressure, one can feel the absent presence of the artist, it seems like he is fading in the nothingness around him. (engel gallery http://engel-art.co.il/artists.php?act=show&id=1016 )