Israel Broytman


"Physical objects are complexes of sensations. An individual object in painting is an essence. A particular subject matter represents ultimate reality. Objects are in quantitative relationship with their backgrounds, where they exist.

Old objects are living memories, meaningful definitions of time and reality, and existence can be understood consciously through a vanished past. Kant’s concept of a ”thing in itself” is a psychophysical or metaphysical reality of an object.

On the formal side of the painting, the equivalence to time passing can be seen as authentic blotches or patinas on an object’s surface. Furthermore, the background characteristically contains a gallery of faces – disappearing or looming as contemporaries of all those memorabilia.

All works are exploring time not as a physical quantity, but as an esthetic parameter and depict the sublime motion of human nature."

- Israel Broytman



Born in Moscow, 1939

Israel Broytman graduated from the Moscow Institute of Art in 1960. In 1966 he moved to St. Petersburg (Russia's cultural capital) where he continued his artistic career. His early works focused on traditional Russian life.

In 1980 he moved to Canada, where his works became increasingly more metaphysical and universal. Broytman's unique style was developed through his use of traditional techniques and newer innovative concepts and subjects.

Initially his works were figurative and focused on images of women. Later his works focused on portraits of everyday objects. His paintings express feelings and memories from his past; stark and lonely objects are surrounded by life and warmth.

2003 Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
2000 Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
1999 Gallery 7, Toronto, Ontario
1998 Pearl Gallery, Burlington, Ontario
1995 Gallery 7, Toronto, Ontario
Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
1993 Schieder & Associates Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1990 Mega Fine Art, Toronto, Ontario
1988 Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA
1987 Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, Ontario
1985 Weller's Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1984 Beth Tzedec Museum, Toronto, Ontario
1982 Alliance Francaise Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1981 Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland, Ontario
“Krasota – Five Russian Masters”
2007 La Parete Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006 La Parete Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
2002 Art Expo, New York
2001 Art Expo, New York
2000 Art 21, Las Vegas
Spring Fair, Birmingham, UK
Art Expo, New York
Monique Gallery, New York
1999 Spring Fair, Birmingham, UK
Art Expo, New York
1998 Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York
Art Expo, New York
Images, Amsterdam, Holland
1997 Art Americas, Florida
Klim Art Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, New York
1996 Art Expo, New York
1995 Ambiente Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
Art Multiple Messe, Dusseldorf, Germany
Art Expo, New York
Ambiente Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
1994 Art Asia, Hong Kong
Art Expo, New York
Ambiente Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
Art Expo, Los Angeles
1993 Art Expo, New York
Art Expo, Las Vegas
Art Miami, Miami, USA
1992 Art Expo, New York
1991 Tokyo International Art Show, Tokyo, Japan
1989 Gallery Lory, South Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - The Art of Contemporary Russia
Israel Broytman's works can be found in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, Toronto Holocaust Museum, and in private and corporate collections in Russia, Canada, USA, Italy, Israel, France, Hong Kong and Japan.