Born in Kiev in 1933, Mikhail Turovsky’s life and art reflect the great achievements, turmoil and triumph of the twentieth century. Beloved within the émigré community of New York, Turovsky and his wife Sophia escaped the Soviet Union and came to America in 1979. Since then his art has garnered accolades and exhibitions around the world. Turovsky’s art is rooted in Modernism, which was banned by the Soviets. His imagery is deeply personal reflecting the power and the importance of the individual- a clear rejection of the restrictions Soviet society placed on him as young man. Educated academically in the rigorous Russian art education system, Turovsky’s talent was first discovered in 1943 during the heart of World War II. In the ancient caravan city of Samarkand where the Leningrad School of Fine Art, later the Repin Institute, had fled Turovsky was introduced to art. His family, refugees from the war having fled Kiev, ironically found opportunity in the face of chaos. Following the war, he continued his studies in Kiev where he studied with Tatyana Yablonskaya. He became a favored member of the Painter’s Union, with a secure career, status and success. He turned his back on the certainty and security of a career as a high-level Soviet artist and emigrated to America in 1979 seeking only creative freedom. Celebrated today both in his adopted and native countries as an original and important artistic voice Turovsky continues to work daily and at the age of eighty-six radiates the ever present optimism for life so evident in his work.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 – “Holocaust” exhibition, the Center for Jewish History”, New York, N.Y., USA
2012 – The National Arts Club. Exhibition “Paintings and Works on paper”. Sponsored by Russian American Foundation.
2011 – Triptych Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2009 – MEMENTO, “Holocaust” exhibition at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. New York, N.Y., USA. HOLOCAUST, Exhibition at the United Nations Organization, New York. N.Y. USA
2007-2011 – Celia Guedj Gallery, Lyon, France
2006 – Savannah College of Art and Design, Red Gallery; Savannah, GA, USA.
2005 – Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA. Arles, Chapelle de St. Anne. “Tribute to Van Gogh”. Sponsored by Municipality of Arles, France.
2004 – Adler Gallery, Paris, France.
2002 – Europe Art, Geneva, Switzerland.
2001 – Retrospective exhibition,1980-2000; The National Art Museum of Ukraine; Three part exhibition(“Holocaust”,” The End of the Great Utopia”, “Paintings”), Kiev, Ukraine.
1999 – Maecenas Foundation Exhibition; Venice, Italy. In conjunction with Venice Biennale.
1998 – Najera Mundi Ars Gallery; Madrid, Spain.
1997 – Hotel SAS Radisson; Nice, France.
1996 – Celia Guedj Gallery; Lyon, France.
1995 – Zalman Gallery; New York, NY, USA. East Lake Gallery; New York, NY, USA. Artco Contemporain Gallery; Paris, France.
1994 – City Hall, Brussels; Sponsored by Municipality of Brussels. Artco Contemporain Gallery; Paris, France.
1993 – Danielle Gauthier Gallery; Deauville, France. Appia Gallery; Grenoble, France.
1992 – Artco Contemporain Gallery; Paris, France.
1991 – Palais de Congres de Paris; Paris, France; Sponsored by Mr. Jean Tiberi. Gallery de Beaux Arts; Bordeaux, France; Sponsored by Mr. Jacques Chaban-Delmas. Gallery Pont de la Machine; Geneva, Switzerland; Sponsored by the Municipality of Geneva. PLM la Bataliere; Martinique; Sponsored by Mr. Emile Maurice, Consul General of Martinique.
1990 – Palais de Congres de Paris; Paris, France; Sponsored by Mr. Jean Tiberi. Palais des Expositions du Quay Bondy; Lyon, France; Sponsored by the Municipality of Lyon. Palais Rihour; Lille, France; Sponsored by Mr. Pierre Mauroy. The Interchurch Center; New York, NY, USA.
1989 – Artco Gallery; San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Holocaust” exhibition, J oseph Gallery, Hebrew Union College; New York, NY, USA; Sponsored by the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum. Yad Vashem Memorial Art Museum; Jerusalem, Israel; Sponsored by the Yad Vashem Memorial and EL AL Airlines.
1975 – Republican Exhibition Hall; Kiev, Ukraine; Sponsored by The Union of Creative Artists of the Ukraine. The Exhibition Halls of The Union of Creative Artists of the Ukraine in Odessa, Lvov, and Donetsk, Ukraine. Traveling exhibitions in cities of the former Soviet Union.
Selected Public Collections
The National Art Museum of Ukraine; Kiev, Ukraine.
The State Tretyakov Gallery; Moscow, Russia.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine.
The Museum of Ukrainian Art; New York, USA.
Albright College Freedman Gallery; Reading, PA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Cornell University; Ithaca, NY, USA.
Hofstra University Museum; Hempstead, NY, USA.
The Snite Museum; University of Notre Dame; Indiana, USA.
Savannah College of Art and Design; Savannah,GA, USA.