George Voronovsky

 

Jorko "George" Voronovsky, a memory painter, was born in The Ukraine. His childhood was full of wonder, but things changed after being interned in a German concentration camp during World War II. He left his wife and two childrenand drifted for seven years. George then immigrated to Philadelphia, where he labored on the railroad. He sent half of his wages to his family living in Prague, behind the Iron Curtain. He read a lot, kept a journal, traveled the country by bus, played piano and listened to classical music. George retired to Miami's South Beach, then a whitewashed strip of oceanfront hotels. There, alone amongst a sea of other elderly people, he painted images of his youth in Kiev, and there he lived and died in obscurity.

George did not create artwork to sell or to show; in fact, he did not consider himself to be an artist. He painted to surround himself with imagery from his charmed youth to avoid thinking of his anguished adulthood. Now, thirty-five years after his death, a catalogue raisonné has been completed. It reveals an artist with a fertile imagination who painted the beauty of nature that also reveals the nature of beauty. Mr. Voronovsky was self-taught and the artwork contained in the archive represents his nearly complete body of work.

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