Slussen, 3 maj kl 14:24 2011. Foto: P.F.
"Behind the window is the City", Oscar Rabin, rysk konstnär (f. 1928)
"Oscar Rabin, former de-facto leader of the Soviet non-conformist artists, is undeniably one of the most gifted and prolific painters today. He was born in 1928 in Moscow. After the early death of his parents, Rabin studied painting in the studio of Yevgeny Kropivinitsky from 1942 - 45. He spent the next two years studying in Riga, Latvia and returned to Moscow to continue his studies at the Surikov Institute. In 1950, he married Valentina Kropivnitskaya, his teacher's daughter. From 1958 to 1965, a group of young artists, which would later be called "the Lianozovo Group", gathered around Oscar Rabin. The non-conformists artists continued to organize exhibitions which were increasingly censored by the authorities. Today, the artist continuously uses everyday objects that become symbols of other meanings and notions in his paintings. Just as the artist is a "symbol" of non-conformism, so his paintings are "symbols" of other realities. Living as a "Russian" artist in France, Rabin has worked with two distinct bodies of work that often unconsciously merge his memories of life in the USSR with the realities of living in France. His compositions continue to unite "reality and imagination" as uniquely Rabin. "