Zwy Milshtein

Born in 1934 - Moldova


Zwy Milshtein is a French painter of Romanian origin. He was born in Kishinev, Moldova, in 1934. In 1940 when he was six years old, the Soviet Army came and requisitioned their home, arrested his father who was then sent to Siberia, where he perished in a gulag. The families of arrested men had no rights whatsoever and could not stay in the capital. They fled to the Orgue.

In 1941 the Germans came, and again they had to flee to Tbilisi in Georgia. From 1942 to 1945 Zwy learned painting at art school. After the war he returned to Kishinev, then to Bucharest where he studied with George ?tef?nescu, painter and master of art. Milshtein has a fantastic inner world of demons and femmes fatales. His powerful and emotional work is obviously highly influenced by his early childhood, fleeing both the Russians and Nazis.

Zwy Milshtein defines himself as an expressionist artist, with influence from great masters such as Bosch, Brueghel, Goya and Soutine. In 1947 he went to Cyprus ‘en route’ to Israel. Here he was housed in a British camp, with many who had been in concentration camps before being taken by boat to Israel. In Cypress he studied sculpture with Ben Zwy. He lived in Tel Aviv then studied in the Avni School of Art, and Design in Jerusalem at Beit Zalel.

From Jerusalem he achieved a scholarship to Paris. His respect for history is reflected in his work, particularly his appreciation of prehistoric drawings such as those discovered at Lascaux (France), and Altamira (Spain), which he feels represent the birth of printing. He is an accomplished Poet, dramatist and storyteller as well as a great and gifted painter. He was the youngest member of Ecole de Paris.

In 1955 he moved to Paris and 2004 he and his partner Elisabeth moved his atelier to Villefranche. Milshtein has held numerous exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Israel. His works are in museums worldwide, and he is understandably widely collected.

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Expositions personnelles :

2015 « Zwy Milshtein », Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris.
« Zwy Milshtein », Château de Vogüé, Vogüé
2012 « A vos papiers ! », Musée de Sens, Sens
2011 « Rétrospective en noir et blanc », galerie AREA, Paris
2010 « Digigraphies », Galerie du Cardo, Reims
« Vents d'est vents d'ouest », Palais de Tau, Reims
2009 « Digigraphies Milshtein », Dorothy's gallery, Paris
« Rétrospective, Du bois gravé à la digigraphie, en passant par toutes les techniques de l'estampe », Musée des moulages, Lyon
2007 L’Orangerie du Sénat, Paris
"Jardins et boites à secret", AREA, Paris
2006 Gravures de Milshtein, Montluçon
Rétrospective."Transgressions" Renoma II, Galerie Meyer-Lebilan, Paris
Galerie l'Oeilecoute, Lyon
"Vodka et larmes", Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Chamalières
"Le dadaïsme au négatif", Mairie du 3ème arrondissement, Paris
2005 Festival de Bayeux, Bayeux
European Commission, Bruxelles, Belgique
« Niet-Niet » le dadaisme négatif, Poile-Bouane, Caen
2004 «Voyage autour d'un échiquier», Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
2001 Galerie M. Bogense, Danemark
State Gallery of Art, Sopot, Pologne
Galerie Hoffstetter, Vienne, Autriche
2000 Musée d'Art Russe, Kiev, Ukraine
1999 Bourlet Gallery, Londres, Grande Bretagne
1998 Goethe Institut, Francfort, Allemagne
1997 Centre d’Art de l’Espace Rachi, Paris
Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France.Area, Paris, France
1996 Musée Krolokarnia, Varsovie, Pologne
Maison de la Culture, Bourges
1995 Musée d'Art Moderne, Troyes
Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp
Galerie Area, Paris
1994 Musée de Vesoul, Vesoul
Galerie Nicole Buck, Strasbourg
Chapelle de l'Hôtel de Ville, Vesoul
Galerie Area, Paris
Cloître des Dominicains, St Emilion,
1993 Maison de la Presse, Moscou, Russie
Galerie Renaud Richebourg, Paris
Galerie Area, Paris
1992 Galerie Chifflet, Nice
C.I.E.S, Paris
Galerie Zur Kronr, Räterkinden, Suisse
1991 Galerie Hermès, Lyon
Musée d'Allard, Montbrisson,
Galerie Slotine-Perkowsky, Le Havre
Galerie Jean Briance, Paris
Galerie Médicis, Besançon
1990 Galerie Expression, Paris
Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris
Galerie Chifflet, Nice
1988 Sundvalls Museum, SuèdeGalerie Kara, Madrid, Espagne
1987 Institut Français, Malmö, Suède
Maison de la Culture, Annecy
Art Fair, Galerie Mustad, Stockholm, Suède
Galerie Klopfer, Zurich, Suisse
1986 Galerie Mustad, Göteborg, Suède
BrandtsKlaedefabrik, Odense, Danemark
Galerie 44, New York, USA
Galerie Kara, Genève, Suisse
1985 Galerie Pierre Lescot, Paris
Galerie Caroline Corre, Paris
Grand Palais, Paris
1984 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1983 Maison des Arts, Créteil
1978 Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Artcurial, Paris
1975 Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Suisse
Musée de Tel Aviv, Israël.
1973 White Gallery, Lausanne, Suisse
Galleria San Sebastianello, Rome, Italie
1970 Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris
1968 London Graphic Art Gallery, Londres, Grande Bretagne
1967 Musée de Tel-Aviv, Israël
Biennale de Tokyo, Japon
Galerie Kieffer, Paris
1966 The New Masters Gallery, New York, USA
Brenato's Museum Shop, Washington, USA
The New Masters Gallery, New York, USA
1963 Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Genève, Suisse
1962 Musée National Bezalel, Jérusalem, Israël
Bodley Gallery, New York, USA
Chemerinsky Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israël
1960 Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris
Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris
1959 Musée de Tel-Aviv, Israël
Galerie Katia Granoff, Paris
1957 Galerie Saint-Placide, Paris
1955 Musée de Tel Aviv, Israël

Expositions collectives :

2008 « Estampes », Up'art- galerie du quai, Bruxelles, Belgique
2006 "Cimaise", Galerie Garcia-Laporte, Paris
Centre Rachi, Paris
2005 FIAC, Paris
2002 « Objets Erotiques », Original Gallery, Nice
2001 « Amour, Erotisme», Original Gallery, Nice
1999 Galerie Freihausgasse, Villach, Autriche
1991 Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
1990 Grand Palais, Paris
1989 Saga, Galerie Felman, Paris
1973 Foire de Bâle, Suisse
1972 Foire de Bâle, Suisse
1970 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Suisse
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1966 Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris
1965 Biennale de Paris, Paris
Salon d'Automne, Paris
1964 Salon des Indépendants, Paris
1962 New York, USA
1961 Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris
Exposition des Peintres russes de l’Ecole de Paris, Paris
1960 Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Paris
Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris
1959 Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Paris
Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris

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