Introduction

"Yankel Ginzburg is climbing, I don't know how high he will go, but the top of his ladder touches heaven."/Herman Wouk/

There are great moments in every artist's life. A writer, musician, actor or painter may create something that has a great impact on our lives and he or she becomes famous. Or, it may happen that a humble artist raises himself up, step by step, and with perseverance goes forward seeking truth, creating beautiful art that becomes a real masterpiece of our time. Following the motto of the great philosopher Moses Mendelssohn: "To see the true, to love the beautiful, to desire the good, and to do the best," it is clear that Yankel Ginzburg is truly an artist that fits this second category.

From a humble beginning as a painter dealing with mystical symbolism, he rose to become an internationally recognized artist. As a painter and sculptor of indisputable ability he focuses his talent on monumental canvas paintings, acrylic sculptures and tapestries making him one of the most dynamic and clairvoyant artists in the world today.

Few great artists have successfully mastered more than one medium to express themselves. YankelGinzburg is one of them, he glides almost effortlessly between mediums. "I'm a painter who happens to sculpt. When I discovered the powerful prismatic qualities of acrylic forms I became fascinated and excited by the endless possibilities of this medium. Acrylic produces a reflective effect, echoing colors, like no other material. The sculptures I create are powerful, yet warm and vibrant, leaving you with a lasting sense of hope and optimism."

"Ginzburg's creations are unique, both his paintings and sculptures are images superimposed on each other, an intertwining of symbols and shapes, abstract and surrealistic" —writes art critic Elaine Funchess-Jones, "His background images are hazy; middle-ground forms, slightly clearer; and foreground objects, sharp. The designs seem to suggest layers in memory... The total effect is rather like a colored X-ray of a moment in the mind's eye... It is their particular ‘architecture' or abstract form that is examined, not the things themselves. Ginzburg's sculptures and his paintings emit an energy of their own, something that has always been true of real art, his works have definitive rhythm, nearly to the point of pulsation."

For three decades, Yankel Ginzburg's works have been exhibited the world over. His works have graced the walls of the Bat-Yam Museum, Marc Chagall Museum, Scirball Museum, The Modern Museum of Art-Mexico, and the Cairo Museum. In Washington, he had his American debut at the Washington Gallery of Art. Whether it is from Los Angeles to New York, London to Paris, Cairo to Moscow, or Tokyo to Hong Kong, Yankel Ginzburg's art is well known and admired by critics and art lovers alike.

His murals, large tapestries and sculptures are so unique that they are often commissioned for government buildings and association headquarters. In Washington, D.C., there are numerous places in which to view these notable works. His mural, "A Hope Fulfilled is a Source of Life," is on permanent exhibit at the Klutznick Museum of B'nai B'rith International.

He also designed a 12' x 17' floor-to-ceiling tapestry, "Freedom Road," which hangs in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This art form was executed by one hundred and fifty needlepoint artisans and dedicated to the museum as a symbol of the Jewish people's plight for freedom.

Amongst many of his other major commissions in the U.S., one stands out. Located in Tampa, Florida, this monumental sculpture, "The Invisible Hand," is an interpretive dimensional sculpture that dramatizes the words: "Creativity is the product of the invisible hand." It is a static version of the amorphous forms that blend the illusion and sense of rhythm and movement so often reflected in his paintings.

Internationally, Yankel Ginzburg's monumental works are well known and often sought after. His latest monumental piece was commissioned by President Boris Yeltsin of the Russian Federation. This monumental sculpture/park adjoins the Russian White House, and is to commemorate the August 1991 Democratic Revolution.

While some of Ginzburg's monumental pieces of art are for pure pleasure, some are to invoke intense thought and human emotion. One of his most exciting public projects, currently under production, is one such piece of art. The work embodies an SS-20 Soviet missile, a symbol of war and destruction, and transforms it into an object of love and peace; a subject to which Ginzburg devotes his life.