Eduard Grossman (2 November 1946- 1 April 2017) Was an Russian Jewish painter who immigrated to Israel, where he had lived and worked since then.

Eduard Grossman depict his own artistic vision by compressing the colors on canvas into the Centre, creating small color “Island”, often contain the silhouette of a animal, ancient structure, calligraphies and letters.

These elements introduce a colorful image which enables the viewer to go on an inward journey, in trail of the artist imagination. Barak Engel, Hana (September 2008). “Eduard Grossman: The charm and Splendor of Color“. Jerusalem Fine Art, Basha Gallery.

Eduard Grossman was Born on November 2, 1946 Komi Republic, USSR. After father death, mother and children left for the city of Edinet, Moldavia SSR, where Eduard lived until graduation

“I started painting early. I was three years old when I got sick from scarlet fever. My brother and a friend brought me pencils and sketchbook, and I, lying in bed, began to draw. It was interesting! Since then, I have even kept the habit of drawing Lying down”.

In 1964 enlisted for military service in ranks of the Soviet army at the city of Sakhalin, where Eduard met his future wife Galina Grossman (Ryzhikh).
Four years later Eduard and Galina got married, later daughter and son were born in the family.

Galina Grossman Portrait 1967

In 1983, graduated from Magnitogorsk Institute of art. Upon graduation, earned a degree in faculty of painting and graphics in addition received a gold medal at the All-Union Exhibition works.

From 1983-1990, lived and worked in the city of Chelyabinsk as the main artist of production and creative workshops.

At the following years created one of the first design bureaus in the country, together with graphics, illustrated books, wrote and exhibited artworks on the topic Judaica.

In 1987 at the auction of the seasonal biennale in Paris France, Eduard presented for the first time a series of levkas artworks about Jerusalem and the history of Galut.

“At that time, at exhibitions I showed artworks about the Jewish theme Kadesh, Place and other works. Oddly enough In Israel I hardly write about it. And then apparently some kind of internal feeling pushed to Judaica maybe because childhood has passed in the Jewish quarter and maybe because at that time in the first half of the 80s almost all of my friends were Jews”.

Eduard Grossman levkas artwork, Tribe of Gad

In 1988 became a member of the USSR Union Designers

In 1990, Eduard with his family have immigrated to Israel.

In 1992, became a member of the Israel Union Artists.Podolsky, Galina (2011). Modern Israeli fine arts with Russian roots: In honour of the 20th anniversary of Russian immigration to Israel (in English, Russian, and Hebrew). Jerusalem. p. 3. ISBN 978-5878970952.

From 1992-2004, Grossman had lived and worked in the artist’s village “Sa-Nur”. Podolsky, Galina. Sa-Nur artist’s village: Exhibition of the artists of Sa-Nur at the Knesset (in Hebrew and English). p. 4. ISBN 9785985752083.

“Artists from all over the former Soviet Union gathered there .. There was, if I may say so, a bohemian life with a” Russian accent “- a minimum of comfort. A table chair a cup is everything! And creativity, work.”

Eduard Grossman “Sa-Nur” Artist’s Village

Grossman painting technique has changed over the years as Eduard craved to achieve own individual style which is shown in the artist last artworks series.

“When I looked at his painting I had a feeling of space with almost no gravity, something like Sibelius music that makes me to feel. Only then Eduard told me he grew up in Siberia. Grossman, like any real artist seems to be in the beginning, but man can not move away from himself and it’s good that it is like that. Uniqueness is created that is a certain feeling associated with the artist even if he goes from country to country and passes through different cultures. I can only wish Grossman success and I am sure he will enrich the art in Israel with his work”. Kadishman, Menashe (1994). “Kadishman letter”.

Kadishman letter, 1994

Eduard Grossman first artwork, אוכל טוב בארץ

In 1995 Eduard presented his first artwork, “אוכל טוב בארץ” at Milwaukee Art Museum.

In 1997 had an exhibition which was dedicated to opera singer José Carrera In addition had participated in private and worldwide Exhibitions.

Several years later years later created a cycle of art graphics known as “Song of Songs” and “Tale of Israel”.

Grossman’s graphics are not a continuation of his painting but rather a transformation in the most cardinal way of the plastic ideas mislaid in it. His drawings are rather ascetic and non-verbose, and constructive by their composition; one may find in them some faraway reverberations of the art of Picasso, Clee, and Miro.

But the most important fact is that having discovered new sides of the artist’s gift, such drawings are perceived as distinctive and original contributions to the existing spectrum of creative vision. Ostrovsky, Gregory (2005). Art in Israel: Famous Contemporary artists. London: Petru Russu. p. 5. ISBN 9189685091.

Grossman artworks are in a collection among major collectors including, Jacques Chirac and Rudy Giuliani as well as in permanent collection of numerous museums.

The paintings of Eduard Grossman capture and fascinate immediately, and only later comes the realization of the secret of their charm. Around them exists a kind of magnetic attraction field, penetrated with flows of strong creative energy. With time the power of this influence does not weaken, and we surrender happily to its control over our feelings. In these works, whether a landscape, lyrical by motif and mood, painted in the environment of Sa-Nur, or large abstract composition, the free and deep breath of the artist is fealt, who controls confidently the means of his art and is not limited by any dogma or canon. Having absorbed the achievements of the European post impressionistic colorism and mastered them organically in accordance with his own world view, individuality, and artistic temperament, Eduard Grossman seems to draw us into the element of color. The sensual tangibility of objects unexpectedly disappears, dissolving in the color expanse, and in the play of color spots, abstracted from concreteness, arises a sense of life realities.

In the movable limits of direct and indirect associations and metaphors, on transitions from the real to imagined and backwards and from the conditionality of a natural vision to the certainty of creative fantasy arises the energy of creation. The dramatic world view of the artist is fused with lyrical intonations, and the tragedy of storm atmosphere is cleared in major tones of color polyphony. The concept of the beauty of art retains fully its fundamental meaning for Eduard Grossman; the aesthetic criteria serve as safe orienteers for him in the grim chaos of post-modernistic anti aesthetics. Eduard Grossman’s art does not degrade, but rather elevates mankind revealing for us, through his works the colorful richness and wonder of the surrounding world making it possible for us to discover, again and again, the intrinsic beauty of the world. Ostrovsky, Gregory. “Eduard Grossman”.

Majority of the artworks remain untitled, since Eduard intended to allow each viewer to approach own imagination. Galina Grossman, August 2020