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Yefim Ladyzhensky (1911 - 1982)

1911  Born in Odessa
1939  Moved to Moscow
1931  Set Designer in the theatres of Stalingrad, Tashkent and Moscow
1969  Began his artistic career
1978  Moved to Israel

Solo Exhibitions:
1979 Museum of Israel, Jerusalem
1982 Miskan Le'omanuiot, Kibbutz Ein- Harod, Israel
1985 The Artists House, Jerusalem
1988 "Ladizhinsky Case", Vera Gootckina Gallery, Jerusalem
1992 "Yefim Ladizhinksy, A Retrospective Exhibition", Concourse Gallery, London
1993 Shelomit Gallery, Tel Aviv
1995 "Ladizhinksy contemplating", Ben David Museum, Kibbutz Bar'am, Israel
1996 "Yefim Ladizhinksy", Mane Katz Museum, Haifa, Israel
Gregory Gallery, New York
1999 Gregory Gallery, New York
2001-2002 Tel-Aviv, Diaspora Museum, One-man Exhibition                       
2002 New Jersey, Zimmerli Art Museum, Retrospective Exhibition
2007 Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery Reconciling Worlds: The Work of Soviet Artist Yefim Ladyzhensky, September 6 - December 30, 2007                         

Retrospective Exhibition "Yefim Ladizhinsky" in Central House of Artist, Moscow, December 2007 - January 2008

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1980 University of Haifa Art Gallery, Haifa, Israel
The Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Tel Aviv
1996 "Illustration for Jewish Tales", Mane Katz Museum, Haifa, Israel
2001 Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum Rutgers, New Jersey, USA
2003 "The Naïve World", GINA Gallery of International Naïve Art, Tel Aviv
2005 Eboli Galeria de Arte, Madrid

"Yefim Ladizhinksy-Awesome", Aya Gurevitch, Jerusalem Voice, 1985, Jerusalem
"Yefim Ladizhinsky", Victoria Ladizhinskaya, 1985, Jerusalem
"At Second Glance- Ladizhinksy Case", Doron Rosenblum, Koteret Rashit, 1986, Tel Aviv
"An Immigrant on the Cross", Tali Tamir, Kol Ha'ir, 1988, Jerusalem
"A few more words about Ladizhinksy", Eduard Kopetaikin, Vreimia, 1992, Tel Aviv
"No Artist in thou town", Aliza Ziv, Kol Israel, 1993, Tel Aviv
"It's not a secret that he was miserable here", Emanuel Bar-Kedma, 7 Days, Yediot Achronot, 1993, Tel Aviv
"The flame guardian", Michael Hefetz, Viesty, 1994, Tel Aviv
"To see a story", Iley Reiner, cover of the group exhibition at the Mane Katz Museum, 1994, Haifa, Israel
'The Lost Magic- the paintings of Yefim Ladizhinksy preserve flavours of a lost past", Koteret, 1996, Haifa, Israel
"Back to Romance", Angela Levin, Jerusalem Post, 1996, Jerusalem
"Quest for colour in dreary life", Bella Gargushin, Novoye Russkoye Slovo, 1999, New York
"Naïve art in Israel", Anglela Levin, Ariel, no. 110, 1999, Jerusalem
"Yefim Ladizhinksy", Leonid Pintoushevsky, Pourttarts, 1999, New York
"From Gulag to Glasnost-Nonconformist art from the Soviet Union", The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1999, New Jersey, USA

Selected Public Collections:
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum Rutgers, New Jersey, USA

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Yefim Ladyzhensky began his art career as a thirteen-year old in Odessa in Russia, entertaining small children by drawing pictures of Lenin in black pencil on their hands. A plain-clothes secret policeman arranged for him to go to an artist's studio for training. Later he became a scenery painter, but it was only his living, not his pleasure. He worked in Moscow in a spacious studio, allocated to him by virtue of his membership in the official Union of Artists. His works hung occasionally in official exhibitions, although they would not accept anything with Jewish themes. Finally Ladyzhensky decided to move to Israel; he was forced to pay an enormous export tax on his own paintings in order to get them out of Russia.

He expected to be hailed in Israel, but he wasn't and he saw it as an official rejection. When the Israel Museum in Jerusalem organized an exhibition of his work, he completely misunderstood the arrangements and considered them an insult. He could never accept or even grasp the concept of a free market in art and he grew to dislike Israel. His work became more and more depressing and eventually he hung himself in the stairwell of his studio.

Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

David K. Shipler in Hadassah Magazine, March 1985.

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