בוריס שפייזמן\Boris Shpeizman
Dr. Boris Shpeizman was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 17, he began
studying dentistry at the St. Petersburg Medical School, where he subsequently became an activist for democracy, human rights and rights of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel.
Because of his political activities, Shpeizman was at risk for arrest. When the
opportunity arose after political changes in Soviet Union, he immigrated to Israel. After a few years of working as a dentist in Israel, Boris Shpeizman started to draw, paint and
then tried sculpture. He studied ceramics and glass design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts
and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. Upon graduation, Shpeizman closed his
dental clinic to devote his time to glass blowing.
Shpeizman currently lectures at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and Visiting Professor
in University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. He also works as an independent artist in his
co-owned Glass Blowing “Gstudio Art” in Tel Aviv. During his relatively short career as
a glass artist, Shpeizman has received prestigious, international scholarships from the Pilchuck Glass School and the Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship. His work
has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Israel, UK, Germany, France, Belgium,
Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the United States.
“To walk on the “edge” was always my motto in life”, says Boris. To always walk the
line where one art direction ends but a new one is yet to begin; where the possibilities of
matter are brought to their limit and where ideas are brought to the absurd – that is where
Boris Shpeizman practices his art. Any material reveals its hidden and surprising qualities only in extreme situations. The transformation of glass from its hot, raw and liquid state into stiff, cold and fragile substance symbolizes, in Shpeizman’s eyes, the full cycle of life. In his work, Shpeizman looks for ways to intertwine traditional glass blowing with contemporary art.
All works photographed by Yona Schley