Michael Milkin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1964. As a student of architecture at the town’s university, he participated in several art exhibitions. After graduating, he worked professionally as an architect but continued teaching, painting and participating in public exhibitions. Choosing to go to graduate school, Milkin attended the Pedagogical Institute in Kharkov, studying the graphic arts. In the late ‘90s, Milkin began teaching fine arts and, shortly after, his works were exhibited in art shows all over Ukraine, France, and Germany. He appreciates the opportunity to display his works on cruise ships, as well as reaching a diverse and interesting audience he would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.
In his work, Milkin concentrates on still lifes and landscapes, painting with acrylics and oils in thick, dramatic brushwork and brilliant colors. He is inspired by Cézanne, Manet, and Vasiliev. Israel brought new ideas to his art, moving him deeply. Beginning with an outline of his subject, Milkin fills the outline on the canvas with modeling paste, using a palette knife. On top of the paste, Milkin layers bright acrylic paint, creating a heavy, textured image. He lets this dry then uses varnish to accent certain colors.
In late 2001, Milkin and his family decided to immigrate to Israel when he decided to fully dedicate himself to art. His work is exhibited and collected throughout the United States, Israel, Ukraine, and France and he has had several one-man and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
Group and solo exhibitions:
1995 Group exhibition, National Artists Union, Kiev, Ukraine
1998 Claude Hammon Gallery, Paris, France
1999 Dais Gallery, Kharkov, Ukraine
2001 Metropolitan Gallery, Kharkov, Ukraine
2002 Safrai Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2004 A&E Fine Art, Ridgewood, New Jersey
2005 Estampa, Madrid, Spain
2007 B.L.D. Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2008 Art Expo, New York, U.S.A.
2009 Aviram Art Gallery, Kfar Ruth, Israel
2013 Factory Street Gallery, Helsinki, Finland