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Painter Zoya Cherkassky | Studio Israel

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Apr 4, 2023


Studio Israel Presents Zoya Cherkassky

(1 hr) Painter Zoya Cherkassky was born in Ukraine in 1976 and immigrated to Israel in 1991. Her works have been shown in premier Israeli art museums and galleries for over a decade, as well as throughout Europe and North America. Her works bring together languages stemming from ‘high’ and ‘low’ cultures, pop, and computer aesthetics. As an immigrant from the former USSR to Israel, Cherkassky deals with issues of identity and alienation as well as the different conflicts that rise in the clash between the cultures.


The Studio Israel conversation series was inaugurated in the fall of 2020, in partnership with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and the Vilna Shul, and is made possible by generous support from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). Studio Israel is also cosponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England. This peer-led series invites audiences to join leading artists, academics, and community leaders for a panoramic journey through the landscape of Israeli art, dance, food, fashion, and more, that investigates the diversity and nuance of Israel’s variegated social, cultural, and political aspects through the lens of the arts.


JArts’ mission is to curate, celebrate, and build community around the diverse world of Jewish arts, culture, and creative expression. Our vision is of a more connected, engaged, and tolerant world inspired by Jewish arts and culture.



Pick one of Zoya's paintings featured in this episode. What is the story it's trying to tell? Why is it interesting to you?

Culture Clash

How do the stories present in Zoya's work explore "culture/cultural clash"? How does her painting style explore this?

The Arrival of...

After looking at Abram Cherkassky's "The Arrival of Foreign Experts" and Zoya Cherkassky's "Arrival of Foreign Professionals (after Abram Cherkassky)", describe Zoya's style of work. What speaks to you or stands out to you about her artistic "language" vs. Abram's?

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