I have been a sculptor all of my life. The more I do, the more difficult I find it to explain what sculpture is.
For me, sculpture is the combination of all medias. This is right, and, on the other hand, wrong. The whole of sculpture is greater than its parts. Sculpture is the full reflection of our lives.
I have been creating figurative sculpture for over 35 years, and I could have done it all of my life. The plasticity of a human’s body is boundless. However, in recent years my interests have expanded to the relationship between the figure and the nature surrounding it.
I do not trust in apocalypses’ forecasts. The human being is a part of nature, and what is created by hands by a person should co-exist in harmony with nature. I believe in the possibility of the human’s sensible and harmonious integration with nature.
In my latest works the dominant materials are steel and bronze. Stainless steel, for me, represents a human aspect, and bronze personifies nature. The cold, shiny stainless steel dictates a certain approach. It calls for something geometrically strict with a rigid silhouette and sharp sides.
Bronze is a “warmer” organic material. Bronze alloys have been found in result of volcanic activity thousand years ago.
The coexistence of these materials personifies mutual relations of the person and of nature. And I hope, my works exemplifies it.
The scale of my work ranges widely. I believe each piece can be monumental regardless of size.
Semion was born in Chisinau, 1954. In 1973 he graduated from Repine College of Art in Chisinau and received Sculptor’s Diploma. Specializing in monumental sculpture. He started his career as a sculptor in Chisinau, where he worked from 1973-1990 and he installed some outdoor sculptures in the city of Chisinau. He continued working as a sculptor after moving to Israel in 1990. His sculptures have been published in numerous Newspapers and Magazines; Israel, France, Russia, USA.
In 2003-2005 assisted in creating and establishing memorial monument (Trinity Root) of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. In 2004, he was selected as a winner at the Art Global Competition of the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York City. Semion has many works in private, corporate collections and museums, among them C.A.S.E. Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey City and National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.
HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
1991 Admitted into the Sculptors Society of Israel.
2002 Winner of the competition for creation of a decorative sculpture the city of
2003 Installed outdoor decorative sculpture in central square cit of Natania, Israel.
2004 Winner of the Art Global Competition of the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery
in New York City.