naftali rakuzin

biography

Naftali Rakuzin was born in Moscow in 1948 and spent his childhood surrounded by books and drawings as he watched his father, a book illustrator, at work. He then studied painting with Moses Chazanov from 1962 to 1964 and from 1965 to 1970 attended the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. Naftali Rakuzin immigrated to Israel in 1974 and moved to Paris in 1982 where he continues to live and work today.

selected personal exhibitions

2012
16 dessins de Livres, Jane Roberts Fine Arts, Paris

2011
Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2009
Sims Reed Gallery, London

pop/off/art, Moscow

2008

Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2007
pop/off/art, Moscow

Jane Roberts Fine Arts, Paris

2006
Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem

2005
L'Association Philomuses, Paris

2004
Galerie Nabokov, Paris

2003
Librairie-Galerie "Art et Litterature", Paris

2002
Librarie Lardanchet, Paris

2001
L'Association Philomuses, Paris

2000
Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem

Centre d'Art et Culture de la rue Broca, Espace Rachi, Paris

Office in Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv

1999
Haifa Museum of Art

1997
Dianne Beal Contemporary Art, Washington, DC

1996
The Moscow Palette Gallery, Art-Manege 96, Moscow

1993
Grewal-Marine S.Gallery, Paris

1992
Paessaggio Gallery, Hartford Conneticut

1988
Schröder-Ebbers Gallery, Bersenbrück, Germany

selected group exhibitions

2010
Born in the USSR - Made in France, Espace Blancs Manteaux, Paris

2008
Water, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2007

New Angelarium, Moscow Museum of Modern Art

CIGE, China International Gallery Exposition (4th Edition), Beijing, Bineth Gallery

19th Annual Works on Paper at the 7th Regiment Armory, New York

Jane Roberts Fine Arts, Paris

2006
My Parisian All-Stars, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

2005
The Beauty in the Book, The Israel Museum, Youth Wing, Jeruslem

2003
Paris Lives, Russian Stories: Works on Paper, The Emabassy of France, Washington, DC

6éme Trienale mondiale de l'estampes Petit Format, Chamalieres, France

2000
Different readings, Art Gallery of Kiryat Tivon, Israel

1996
Here and There; Then and Now: Contemporary Artists from the Former Soviet Union, National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

1995
Twenty Years of the Jerusalem Print Workshop, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1994
28éme Prix International d'Art Contemporain, Monte-Carlo

Vallois Gallery, Paris

1991
Le Triomphe du trompe l'oeil, Grande Palais, Paris

25éme Prix International d'Art Contemporain, Monte-Carlo

Mann Gallery, Paris

1990
Works on Paper, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris

Chagall to Kitaj, Jewish Experience in 20th Century Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London

1988
Künstler sehen das Weserbergland, Museum im Schloss, Bad Pyrmont, Germany

5 russes à Toulouse, Centre Culturelle de l'Aerospatiale, Toulouse

1985
London Art Fair, James Mayor Gallery

selected museum collections

Bibliothèque Royal Albert I, Bruxelles

New York Public Library, New York

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Museum of Modern Art, Haifa

Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv

National Center of Contemporary Arts, Moscow

Chicago State University, Chicago

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Kunstverein für Rheinland und Westphalen, Düsseldorf

Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenchaft

Freiburg im Breisgau

press

"The effect is stunning. Examining the carefully reproduced reproduction of a reproduction, we find ourselves in the end face to face with reality itself, which we could not have arrived at by any possible means."

"Indeed, Rakuzin's work is essentially work on one enormous book, the subject of which, developing unhurriedly at fist, gradually becomes more and more engrossing."

Erik Bulatov, "On the Paintings of Naftali Rakuzin", March 1992, in: Naftali Rakuzin, Library of the Artist, pop/off/art gallery, Moscow, 2007.



"Books are intriguing to me both as subject and as an object. A book for me is a window, or a frame through which I look at the world. Painting books is definitely my obsession. When I enter a library, especially an art library, I feel as if I am an impressionist painter looking for an object to paint."

"The most significant change in my paintings over the years is that in the past I treated the books as forms, almost abstract volumes. This gradually altered and today I find that my main interest is in the letters and the titles of the books.

"I feel that my works are a kind of self portrait, which I have been painting over and over for many years now. (...) When you enter a house and you take a look at the library and the books in it, you get an idea of the nature and the interests of the people who live in this house.(...) The choice of the books and the artists who enter my works is not a fortuitous choice, that's for sure. Above all I choose and monographs of artists I like. It is my personal library, and hence my relationship with the books is intimate too."

Naftali Rakuzin interviewed by Rodi Bineth and Sheera Weiss, in: Naftali Rakuzin, The Book of Art, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv, 2008.

 

"These are not a painter's typical reflexive still lifes: not atelier scenes, with brushes and palettes heaped on a workbench, half-finished canvases leaning against the wall. Rakuzin paints instead the source rather than the instruments of his art, but already made his own in those lateral cadences of color that orchestrate his compositions. The history of art comes before us bound for visual uptake and variation."

Garrett Stewart (University of Iowa), '"Rakuzin's Books, Case by Case" in: Naftali Rakuzin, The Book of Art, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv, 2008.

Naftali Rakuzin : Paul Delvaux-Peintre des Gares 2011   oil on canvas 130x195 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Books do furnish a Room 2011  oil on canvas 161x130 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Anselm Kiefer 2010 oil on canvas 73x116 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Panorama of London 5 2000 oil on canvas 30 x 90 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Panorama of London 3 2000 oil on canvas 30 x 90 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Rus in Urbe 1998 color pencil and watercolor on paper 16.5 x 35.5 inches, framed
Naftali Rakuzin : Bruegel 1 2006 oil on canvas 81x54 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Bruegel 2 2006 oil on canvas 81x54 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Cezanne by himself 2006 oil on canvas 81x54 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Hammershoi & Dreyer 2008 oil on canvas 45x100 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Munch 2005 oil on canvas 130x81 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Grand Atlas Mondial 2006 oil on canvas 130 x 195 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Ploshad' Revolutzii 2008  watercolor & color drawings on paper  60x100 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Paris 2008 watercolor and color drawings on paper 56x110 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Jerusalem 2008 watercolor and color drawings on paper  60x100cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Decors Italiens de la Renaissance 2011  oil on canvas  73x116 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : I am still learning 2011 oil on canvas 116x73 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : La Collection la Caze 2011 oil on canvas  73x116 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Moscow 2 2010 pencil on paper 59,5x99,5 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Lucian Freud1996-2005 2011 oil on canvas 73x116 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Moscow 1  2010 pencil on paper 60x100 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Inna's Family 1992 color pencils on paper 75x105 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : The Grandparents 1978 etching 17,5 x 19,8 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : My Family 1992 color pencils on paper 75x105 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Still life with Fabriano 1983 Color Pencils on board 105 x 75 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Two shelves 1983 Acrylique on paper 103 x 103 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Still Life with brushes and radio 1983 Color pencils on paper 74x52 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : The Painted Face 2012 colored pencil on paper 75x82,5 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Chardin-Seurat 2011 colored pencil on paper 75x82,5 cm
Naftali Rakuzin : Peinture Francaise 2012 colored pencil on paper  80x88 cm

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