Sasha Okun about himself:

One bright morning I set out to paint the landscape around Bethlehem.
All of a sudden there was the muse standing in front of me.
I recognized her right away.
«Good morning,» I greeted her.
«Hello, Sasha,» she said.
«Why did you reveal yourself to me?» I asked.
«If you want to say something, go ahead, because I have no time to spare. The paints are drying up.»
«What is there to say, my dear Sasha. You know everything yourself… What’s the use of trying to fathom the meaning of profound concepts, or wasting your life searching for a gospel for humanity? Look around! The myth is more real than reality, and the mundane is full of charm. The less attention you pay to yourself the more yourself you will be.
The eternal is more innovative than the latest news. Banality harbours a hidden secret, while the pursuit of originality is really banal…»
The muse kept on talking till I interrupted her to ask:
«All right, madam, but what does all this have to do with me? What exactly do you want with me?»
She looked at me dumfounded for a few moments, then waved her hand in despair, handed me a paintbrush and vanished.
Go figure it out…

Sasha Okun was born 1949 in Leningrad, USSR. 1972 he graduated as M. A. from
Muchina Academy of Arts & Design. 1979 Sasha Immigrated to Israel.


The State Hermitage Museum, St Peterburg, Russia
Albertina, Vienna
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Mukhina Art Academy, St Petersburg, Russia
Russky Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
The Negev Museum, Be’er Sheva
Janco-dada Museum, Ein Hod
Mishkan Le’Omanut Art Museum, Ein Harod
Bar-David Museum, Kibbutz Bar’am
Art museum,, Vitebsk, Belurussia
Private collections in Israel, Russia, Poland, France, Italy, USA, Australia, Germany, Austria, Canada and Mexico


Fellowships and Awards

• 2014
Ish Shalom Life Achievement Prize

• 1989
Jefferson County Honorary Citizen, Kentucky, U.S.A.

• 1987
Cite International des Arts, Residence Fellowship, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Cultural Exchange)

• 1989
«Kentucky Colonel» honorary title, Kentucky, U.S.A.

• 1985
Gestetner Fellowship

• 1983
Ofer Feniger Award for a Young Artist


Solo Artist Exhibitions

• 2016
U+I Gallery, Victoria, London

• 2014
Art museum, Vitebsk, Belorussia

• 2014
Agrippas 12 galery, Jerusalem

• 2013
Nora” gallery, Jerusalem (with Asya Lukin)

• 2013
Museum of Israel Art, Ramat Gan

• 2011
Red House Gallery, Tel Aviv

• 2010
Paddington Central, London

• 2006
Artist House, Jerusalem

• 2005
«Basis» gallery, Hadassah Neurim

• 2000
The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan

• 1999
«A Body and Another Body», The Open Museum, Tefen

• 1995
Kiryat Ha’Omanim Gallery, Kiryat Tivon

• 1994
Janco-dada Museum, Ein Hod
Mishkan Le’Omanut Art Museum, Ein Harod
Artists’ House, Jerusalem

• 1992
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

• 1988
The Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem

• 1988
Nora Gallery, Jerusalem

• 1987 ’89
Horace Richter Gallery, Jaffa

• 1987
Cite International des Arts, Paris, France

• 1983
Art Pavilion, Yehoshua Gardens, Tel Aviv

• 1981 ’82 ’83 ’85 ’86 ’88
Debel Gallery, Jerusalem


Selected Group Exhibitions

• 2017
Albertina, Vienna

• 2016
«Intricate Affinities», Petach Tikvah Museum of Art, Israel

• 2015
«Leningrad Underground», New Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

• 2009
«Wild Exaggeration», Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa

• 2009
«Nudes», Artists’ House, Jerusalem

• 2006
«Time of a changes», Russky Museum, St. Petersburg

• 2005
Mishkenot Sheananim galery, Jerusalem

«Contemporary Art Festival», Manez exhibition hall, St. Petersburg

• 2002-2003
«A Matter of Taste», Israel museum, Jerusalem

• 2002
Manez exhibition hall, St. Petersburg

• 2001
New Manez exhibition hall, Moscow

• 1998
«Garden as a Metaphor», sculpture exhibition,
Botanical Garden, Jerusalem
Studio S, Arta Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
«100 Years of Comics in Russia», Borey Art Gallery,
St Petersburg, Russia

• 1997
Klutchnick Museum, Washington D. C., U.S.A.

• 1996
«The Dimension of Sound», Artists’ House, Jerusalem

• 1995
«An Artist Designs His Own Memorial», Artists’ House, Jerusalem

• 1994
«Mega Watt», Art Focus, Power Plant, Jerusalem

• 1993
Russky Museum, St Petersburg

• 1992
The Negev Museum, Be’er Sheva
Marble Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

• 1991
Israel Art Month, 1991, The Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem
Denver University, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
White Raven Gallery, Jerusalem

• 1990
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

• 1989
«Artists for Human Rights», Bugrashov Gallery, Tel Aviv
«Home», Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem
«Classics in Context» Festival, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.

• 1988
Ariadna Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia

• 1988
Manege Exhibition Center, St Petersburg, Russia

• 1986
«Six Artists», National Museum, Bogota, Columbia

• 1986
«Self-Portrait», Artists’ House, Jerusalem

• 1985
Beit Ariela, Tel Aviv
Salon des Beaux Art, Grand Palais, Paris, France

• 1984
Florence Miller Center, 10 Years of the Jerusalem Print Workshop, Jerusalem
• 1978
Museum for Modern Art, Erevan, Armenia

• 1977
Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

• 1977
Klutchnick Museum, Washington D. C., U.S.A. Kipninger Gallery, Washington D. C., U.S.A.

• 1976
Yehuda L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

• 1975
Nevski Cultural Center, St Petersburg, Russia

• 1974
Gaza Cultural Center, St Petersburg, Russia


Education and Teaching

• 1988
Adjunct Professor, Bellarmine College, Kentucky, USA.

• 1988-2002
Lecturer at «Emunah» College, Jerusalem

• 1986
Senior lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem

• 1972
Master’s Degree, Mukhina Art Academy, St Petersburg, Russia