Pinchas (Maryan) Burstein

Born in 1927 - Poland


Pinchas Burstein, mostly known by his nickname Maryan S. Maryan, is an American painter of Polish origins born January 1, 1927 in Nowy S? Cz Poland and died June 15, 1977 in New York.
Maryan is an artist who come back from far away: a teenager during the World War II, he was sent to Auschwitz and was the only one of his family to come back from there. When the Russians arrived, the Germans decided to shoot the survivors; He survived but had one leg amputated. He then went to Jerusalem to study art and painting at the New Bézalel Art School. Three years later, he moved to Paris and studied lithography in the studio of Fernand Léger at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Maryan is considered one of the fathers of New Figuration. In the 50s, his art oscillates between abstraction and figuration. In the 60s, he switched to an expressionist and symbolic figuration, representing derisively solitary characters. Maryan is the author of an original and strong work composed of different periods, including the periods of the characters "roulettes" and "Boxes" (from 1959 to 1962), characters "in the desert" (1955 to 1957)" Florished Knights" (1953-1954) and "Robot Knights" (1957-1959), the "American period" (from the 1960s until his death).

His work was exhibited at the Breteau Gallery in 1952, then at the Gallery of France in 1956. The Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris also devoted a monographic exhibition to him in 2014.

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