Alexander & Wissotzky
With the opening up of the Soviet Union, Tanya Wissotzky(1959-2006) and Alexander Galtchansky(1959-2008) took the opportunity to emigrate to Israel. Working in a combination of acrylic, pen and ink, and collage the couple produced art that is both nostalgic and romantic. Their work harks back to a time, the 1920’s and a place, Paris, which helps conjure up the image of love, and this makes their art very accessible to the general public. Some of Wissotzky and Alexander’s mixed media pieces remind one of figures in the ‘Belle Epoch’ while their still life paintings of flowers seem to step out of an English garden guide. Wissotzky and Alexander were born in the same year, 1959, in Crimea, the autonomous republic within the Ukraine. Their careers began in art school. Alexander studied in Dnepropetrovsk and Wissotzky in Simferopol. They continued their studies at the Kiev institute of the Arts – Wissotzky as a painter and Alexander as a book illustrator.
After getting married, they immigrated to Israel. Having found themselves in a drastically different situation and place, they united their creative activities and began working together. They work in acrylic, pen and ink, and collage on specially prepared canvas. In their still lifes, one can see the excerpts of calligraphy from old English flower painting manuals as well as other calligraphic quotations that celebrate Paris in the 1920s. Their artwork has a nostalgic and romantic quality, harkening back to a time past.