Zhenya Gershman

Zhenya Gershman is a well-known artist, art historian and museum educator. Zhenya was born in Moscow, Russia. She held her 1st solo exhibition in St. Petersburg, at age 14, and was selected as a subject of the TV Documentary Film “Our Generation”, a project dedicated to searching for the five most talented teenagers in Russia, showing hope for the cultural future of the country.The youngest student to be admitted to Otis Art Institute, Zhenya graduated with Honors and later received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design.  Today, Zhenya’s work is featured in such preeminent private and public collections as Donald Simon (Chagall, Picasso, and other 20th century masterworks), The J. Paul Getty Research Institute (collector’s archives), and Richard Weisman (American Modern and Contemporary art).  Zhenya participates in important international exhibitions including Art Aspen, Art Miami, and Art Chicago. She was commissioned to create a portrait of Bruce Springsteen for the MusiCares Grammy annual charity gala. Her work is featured at the Grammys charity gala annually. Zhenya is a recipient of numerous awards including the ALEX Award in Visual Arts, presented nationally to honored scholars and artists. A documentary film highlighting Zhenya’s career was released in the summer of 2011 by ICN Television Network.Watch Part 1 → A documentary film on Zhenya’s career

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Zhenya worked for over a decade in The J. Paul Getty Museum, bringing her passion and unique understanding of art to thousands of people. Her work is dedicated to uncovering new perspectives regarding the life and work of Rembrandt, and she has contributed to such exhibitions as Rembrandt’s Late Religious Portraits and Rembrandt: Telling the Difference. Zhenya has offered numerous workshops on Rembrandt’s painting, drawing, and printmaking techniques at various cultural institutions including the Hammer Museum.  Zhenya’s first-hand knowledge of traditional oil painting techniques has led her to a Rembrandt discovery. Her groundbreaking finding of a hidden Rembrandt self portrait was published by Arion, Boston University and was brought to European audiences by Le Monde, one of the most important international magazines.  Zhenya’s latest article Rembrandt: Turn of the Key, published by Arion and featured by Huffington Post, revealed the evidence for Rembrandt’s involvement with the early Freemason fraternity, bringing new light to understanding this great master. She is a Co-Founder of Project Awe, dedicated to the study of Aesthetics of Western Esotericism. Zhenya is currently working on a Rembrandt book and painting in her studio in Los Angeles.

Curriculum vitae

EDUCATION
1998-2001 | Art Center College of Design, MFA
1993-1996 |Otis Art Institute, BFA with Honors
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2015 | Building Bridges International Art Exchange, Larger Than Life, Bergamot Station, L.A., CA.
2013 | Hinge Modern, Marks, L.A., CA.
2013 | Anti-Defamation League, ArtWorks ADL: Justice, Advocacy & Art, Centennial Celebration, L.A., CA
2013 | MusiCares Foundation, Annual Grammy Gala Exhibition, L.A., CA
2013 | Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Women’s Art Now, L.A., CA
2012 | International Art Fairs / Timothy Yarger Fine Art:  Art Aspen, LA Art Show, Art Platform Los Angeles, San Francisco Art Market
2011 | International Art Fairs / Timothy Yarger Fine Art:  Art Aspen, Art Chicago, Art Miami, LA Art Show, San Francisco Art Market
2010 | Harris & Ruble Gallery, XII Apostles, L.A, CA.
2007 | Jan Baum Gallery; Pacific Design Center; Bonhams and Butterfields, L.A., CA.
2006 | Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Otis Art Institute Survey: Nine Decades, L.A., CA.
2004 | Jan Baum Gallery; L.A. Artcore Gallery, L.A., CA.
2003 | Brand Library; Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, L.A., CA.
2002 | The J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Underground, L.A., CA.
2001 | Brewery Projects, L.A., CA.
1999 | Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ARSG, L.A., CA.
1996 | Richard Heller Gallery, Reflections, L.A., CA.
1993 | Beliaevo Gallery, Moscow-L.A., Moscow, Russia.
1989 |Conservatory, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
AWARDS
2000 | ALEX Award in Visual Arts, National Alliance for Excellence, Honored Scholars & Artists Program
2000 | Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Award
1999 | Mabel Wilson Richards Award
1999 | Leslie T. and Francis U. Posey Fellowship
1996 |Otis Critics Award
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2013 | Co-founder & President of The Aesthetics of Western Esoteric Tradition (AWE) project
2013 | Lecturer, California Lutheran University, Rembrandt workshop
2013 | Writer and Contributor for About.com art history Videos
2012-present | Associate Faculty, Global Cinematography Institute
2012-present | Independent Scholar/Lecturer, Inside The Story: Courses in Art and Culture
2012 | Lecturer, 16th Biennial International Conference on Netherlandic Studies, Calvin College
2012 | Lecturer, The World of Rembrandt, Gallery Michael Beverly Hills
2012 | Panel Discussion, Four-dimensional Portrait for the 21st Century, Figurative Conference, California Lutheran University
2011 | Lecturer, De Young, F.A. Museums of San Francisco, What to Do or Not to Do–That is the Question: Interactive Teaching in a Museum
2010-2011 | Editor/Writer, artSMart, Luxeco Living
2006–2012 | Project Specialist for Adult Gallery and Studio Programs, The J. Paul Getty Museum
2006 | Producer/Director, Bonus Time, UCLA, Schoenberg Hall
2002-2006 | Lecturer, Art Talk, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Herculaneum
2001-2006 | Museum Educator, The J. Paul Getty Museum
2001 | Curator, Art of Memory, UCLA, Royce Hall
REVIEWS, PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA APPEARANCES
2014 | Monsters & Critics, From Russia, Larger Than Life: Zhenya Gershman, April Neale, July 28th
2014 | Huffington Post, Zhenya Gershman Asks: What if Art Brings Our Ancestors to Life, June 24th
2013 | Arion, Rembrandt: Turn of The Key, Fall Issue
2013 | Dancing Dragon Films, Artist Muse, TV Documentary Series
2013 | Jewish Journal, Art Without Hate, Evan Henerson, September 6th
2013 | Huffington Post, In the Beginning: This Artweek.LA, Bill Bush, June 26th
2013 | Culver City News, New Culver City art gallery kicks off with ‘Marks’, Lori Fusaro, June 13th
2013 | Huffington Post, Zhenya Gershman’s ‘Marks’ Sheds Angelic Light for Praise, Nancy Chuda, May 29th
2013 | Huffington Post, Embossing the Boss: Artist Zhenya Gershman Celebrates Rock Icon Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Chuda, February 4th
2013 | KIIS FM, Community Council, Interview, February 4th
2013 | Campus Circle, Zhenya Gershman to Reveal Springsteen Portrait at MusiCares 2013, Libby Lancaster, February 1st
2013 | Westside Today, Artist Zhenya Gershman’s Work on View Now at Leslie Sacks Fine Art Brentwood, Leslie Reed, February 2nd
2013 | Hollywood Today, Grammys 2013: Artist Zhenya Gershman Has Been Selected to Paint Bruce Springsteen the MusiCares Person of the Year, Libby Lancaster, February 4th
2013 | Oye! Times, Zhenya Gershman Set to Be Featured Artist at Grammy’s MusiCares Gala, Leslie Reed, February 2nd
2013 | Huffington Post, Born in the USSR: How Artist Zhenya Gershman Got to Paint Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Chuda, February 9th
2013 | Examiner, Art Invades Music Biggest Day, Kathy Leonardo, February 6th
2013 | Brentwood Patch, Leslie Sacks Fine Art Brentwood Features the Art of Zhenya Gershman, Libby Lancaster, February 5th
2012 | From Russia with Grotesquerie, Interview, Zocalo Public Square, Sarah Rothbard, August 15th
2012 | Le Monde, Paris, L’invisible Rembrandt, Saturday February 4 issue, Culture and Ideas p.3
2011 | Arion, Boston University, Rembrandt The “I” Witness, Fall Issue, pp. 65-91
2011 | International Chinese Network, Art Movement LA, Profile Documentary
2011 | Judische Frauen, Hedwig Brenner, Volume IV, pp. 60-61, Germany
2010 | Huffington Post, Haiku Reviews, Peter Frank
2010 | Luxeco Living, The XII Apostles, Bethany Colson
2008 | Spraygraphic, Interview with the Artist
2007 | The Art of Gallery Teaching: From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century, Reston, National Art Education Association, p.191
2007 | New Morning Television, Getty Pilgrimage
2007 | KCOP, Channel 13 News, Get Art Interview
2004 | Video Green, Chris Kraus, The MIT Press, pp.111-112
2003 | LA Weekly, Best of 2003 edition, Pick of the Week, vol.25, no.48
2002 | From Picasso to Pop, The Richard Weisman Collection, p.9
2000 | Torpor, Art and Text, issue no. 70, Chris Kraus
1990 | St. Petersburg TV, Generation
SELECTED PRIVATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Woody Allen
Lisette Bross
Chuck & Linda Bergman
Nancy & Jim Chuda
Erik & Corine Couwenberg
Michael & Katherine Dukakis
Getty Research Institute, Jan Baum Gallery Archive
Boris & Shelly Komarov
Rick & Jessica Kolbe
Donald & Judy Simon
Howard & Stephanie Sherwood
Alfredo & Robin Trento
Richard Weisman
Zac Brown
White Wings Press