Shimon Okshteyn  (Ukrainian, 1951) 

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Shimon Okshteyn (Ukrainian, b.1951) showed tremendous artistic promise from an early age. He was accepted into the celebrated Odessa Art Academy in 1970, when he was only 19, and he graduated three years later with a BFA. Okshteyn started to exhibit his work in 1972 while still a student. He had completed 20 solo and group exhibitions by the time he immigrated to the United States in 1980.

Okshteyn’s work is featured in the collections of several museums in modern Russia, including the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Nizhniy Novgorod. When he came to the United States, Okshteyn's imagination was inspired by his new environment, and his creativity, coupled with his daring use of form and strong colors, helped him to establish himself among the leading artists of the day.

The artist began to exhibit in his new home in 1981 at the Wilbraham Monson Academy, Wilbraham, MA, and the Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since 1987, Okshteyn has undertaken a solo exhibition almost every year, many of them in his adopted hometown of New York. In recent years he has also returned to exhibiting in Russia, presenting Dialoque With Objects, Retrospective Exhibition in the M'ARS Contemporary Art Center, Moscow, and the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, both in 2007. That was followed by Lost Christmas at the Triumph Gallery, Moscow, in 2011.

Okshteyn works in a variety of formats, including drawing, sculpture, installations, and mixed media, making his work almost impossible to categorize. He is known for his commentary on themes such as consumerism, sexuality, and cultural memory. His pieces are available to purchase through the Stefan Stux Gallery in New York City. Okshteyn is also the subject of the book Shimon Okshteyn.: Dialogue with Objects published by Palace Editions with support from the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, and The Kolodzei Art Foundation, United States, which coincided with the exhibition of the same name. In 1997, he was awarded the Biennale Internationale Dell Arte Contemporanea Prize in Florence, Italy. Okshteyn currently lives and works in New York, NY.

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Shimon Okshteyn, Lablache

 

Shimon Okshteyn
Lablache
1981

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Shimon Okshteyn, Hat

 

Shimon Okshteyn
Hat
1997

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Shimon Okshteyn, Who is the Vacuous Man

 

Shimon Okshteyn
Who is the Vacuous Man
1987

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Shimon Okshteyn, Masks

 

Shimon Okshteyn
Masks, 1989
silkscreen and oil on two joined woodpanels

 

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Shimon Okshteyn, La Couple

 

Shimon Okshteyn
La Couple
serigraph

 

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Shimon Okshteyn, Walking the Dog

 

Shimon Okshteyn
Walking the Dog
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1951   Born: Chernovtsy, Ukraine
1970   BFA, Odessa Art College, Odessa, Ukraine
1979   Emigrated to the United States of America
1997   Awarded the Biennale Internationale Dell Arte Contemporanea Prize, Florence, Italy
2001   Visiting Artist, Washington University, Department of Printmaking, St. Louis., Washington
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2011   "Lost Christmas" Triumph Gallery, Moscow Russia
Concerning the Spiritual Tradion in Russian Art: Selections from the Kolodzei Foundation, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
2010   Decadence Now! Visions of Excess, curated by Otto M. Urban at the Galerie Rudolfinum and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic video
2007 - 2009   Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA; Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA; Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
2008   Reflections of Reality, Heist Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Shimon Okshteyn: Dangerous Pleasures, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Moscow-New York-Parallel Play: Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Here’s the Thing: The Single Object Still Life, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
From Head to Toe, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Shimon Okshteyn-Retrospective, A Dialogue with Objects, M’ARS Contemporary Art Center, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Shimon Okshteyn - Retrospective, A Dialogue with Objects, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo)
Extra-Ordinary: The Everyday Object in American Art: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
After Lifes: Recent Work by Shimon Okshteyn, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (solo)
2006   Six Degrees of Separation, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
Okshteyn - After Lifes: New Paintings and Sculpture, Stux Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Shimon Okshteyn - Retrospective, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo)
New Paintings, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   StateMuseum, Albany, NY
2004   Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003   O.K. Harris, New York, NY (solo)
Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Approaching Objects, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2002   Galerie du Palais, Le Touquet Paris Plage, Paris, France (solo)
Fauconner Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IW (solo)
Des Les Gallery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (solo)
2001   Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
O.K Harris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000   Magidson Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Danford Museum of Art, Framingham, MA (solo)
Robert Sandelson, London, UK
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, NY
1999   Robert Sandelson, London, UK (solo)
Paper Works, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY (solo)
1998   Aging Icons, O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Nostalgia, Le Centre d’Art Vaas, Vence, France (solo)
1997   O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996   Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (solo)
1995   O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Le Centre d’Art Vaas, Vence, France (solo)
1994   O. K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Cornwell Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1993   Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
1992   Duteurtre Gallery, Kloisters, Switzerland (solo)
1990   George Meyers Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Mabat Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1989   Edward Nakhamkin Fine Arts, New York, NY (solo)
1987   Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA (solo)
1981   Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (solo)
Wilbraham Monson Academy, Wilbraham, MA (solo)
  CB Collection, Tokyo, Japan
  The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
  George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, MA
  Museum of Contemporary Russian Art, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
  Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  Rutgers University, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
  The Grinnell College Art Collection, Grinnell, IA
2007    Shimon Okshteyn. Dialogue with Objects. St Petersberg: Palace Editions, 2007.
1987    Okshteyn, Shimon. Shimon Okshteyn works from 1970-1987 : Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts. New York: Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts, 1987.