Alex - Netanya - 2014


I paint details. Oh I paint objects and ideas and narratives, but underneath it all – it is all about details and how they relate to each other. I find details fascinating, I look for them everywhere, I am in love with them, so I paint them.

I like series, so I paint in series. They are like long books that are too good to allow to end. My two more developed series are Memory Blocks and Crinkled Paper. Memory Blocks builds on exploring and relating to individual’s history, and Crinkled Paper is an exercise in meditation. It is fascinating to me that my viewers are interested in things that so internal to me.


I started drawing in 2009 and painting shortly after that – a late comer. I have studied with three great artists. Kaye Buchman taught me to paint, to literally hold a brush, and discovered my style for me – I had no idea. George Sotos taught me how to see. Ed Hinkley was a pivotal point in my studies, he mentioned in passing about putting a right color into a right shape… – I have become a painter when I got that. But mostly I studied by obsessively observing works of Caravaggio, Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Sargent, and Russian Peredvizhniks and trying to figure out how did they create their images.

When I am not painting, I am sketching. I am an Urban Sketcher and a founder of the Chicago chapter of Urban Sketchers. When I am not painting or sketching, I teach painting. So I am busy!

I am represented by Mostly Glass Gallery and also self represent with Daily Paintworks.



  • Unwrapping, solo show, Mostly Glass Gallery – December 2014
  • Matite in Viaggio, Centro Candiani, Venice Italy – October 2014


  • 6″ Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
  • 6 x 6 Show, Bucks County Gallery, New Hope, PA


  • WaterWorks, August House Gallery, Chicago IL


  • Art on the Edge, Thorndale Gallery, Chicago IL


  • SOFA Chicago 2008, Chicago IL


  • SOFA Chicago 2007, Chicago IL


  • SOFA New York 2006. NYC, NY – Dealer Choice


  • Chicago Art Open, Art Museum of Vietnam Veterans, Chicago IL
  • Primary Colors, Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro VA
  • Beverly Arts Center of Chicago, Chicago IL


  • 7th International Open, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Women’s Works 2004, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock IL – People’s Choice award
  • 3rd Annual Exhibition, Lemon Street Gallery, Kenosha WI


  • Artists for Peace, Justice and Civil Liberties Gallery, Boulder CO
  • Winter Art Expo, Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL – Expo front piece
  • The Art of Beadwork, Bead Society of Greater Chicago, Chicago IL

22 thoughts on “About

  1. I found this site after seeing a post about you on Claudia Chase’s (Mirrix Looms) blog site. I’m a beginning bead weaver and was fascinated by your Woven Glass work (your sketching is awfully impressive as well!). I wanted to ask you a question about bead weaving but am not sure this was the place to do so. Is it? (You are welcome to delete this comment if you don’t think it fits here!) I was wondering what type or brand of thread you use for your weavings and whether when you use your double needle technique to you alternate the sides that add the beads to (e.g. use left side for thread with beads, run right side needle through beads; use right side to add beads, run left side needle through the beads)?


    • Hi Pam! Thank you for your kind comments. It is perfectly fine to talk about beads or any kind of art here – no problem at all. I’ve sent you an email with some technical explanations and recommendations, it’s pretty long for a blog reply. Let me know if you have more questions, I am glad to help if I can.

    • Hi, Debbie! Good to meet you too! So great to find another graphite aficionado! Thank you for your kind words about my drawings. I love your work very much! Do you still update your blog? I would subscribe to keep up with you, but noticed that there were few updates lately.

      • I’ve been abroad for the last several month and don’t have my art-supplies due to the small space in order to create drawings. But I do plan on being back home for the winter and continue with my artwork.

  2. Hi Alex,

    I just wrote all of the following under your post on “Tim”, but I guess I should have wrote you here instead (not too familiar how this site works, LOL). Anyways, your work is amazing! I found you quite accidentally. One of my friends Googled me and found you by accident. My sister is an artist too and has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl (and on occasion sculpting). As curiosity grabs me, I am wondering if by chance you are Russian or from somewhere in Easter Europe? Reason I ask is because there were not that many Zonis’s left after WWII, and most who survived got scattered around the world. My family immigrated to the US back in the 70′s from Kishenev and I was a child when we arrived. We found several other Zonis’s who were originally from Bucharest and other part of Russia, and one was actually a distant relative. Anyways, I thought I would reach out and let you know that I really like your sketches.


    • Alex, it is really not that important where you left the comment. I am so glad you did. It is possible we have a family connection there to be discovered. I’ve sent you an email to the address you left here.

  3. Hi!

    I found this blog from doing a Google search on your name. I have been admiring your Magic Carpet series for quite some time, being a bead loomer myself. I was wondering if you could share some info with me. I just finished a beadwoven Navajo Indian-style “tapestry” that is approximately 12″ x 20″ (over 70,000 Miyuki delicas). I am in the process of finishing off the warp threads. I was wondering if you knot every thread….I always have in the past, but I am really tempted to just wind them around, hopefully securing them enough so they would never come out. I make tabs and hang my pieces on dowel rods, so once they are hung, there shouldn’t be any stress/wear on them.

    I also love your pencil work! You are very talented in so many ways!

    Take care

  4. Your hyper-realistic paintings are remarkable, Alex. I wonder how long it takes you to get all that detail onto such small boards. I’m self-trained too, which may be why I don’t see what difference a formal art education makes. The quality of the work speaks for itself.

    • Hey, Jeremy! Good see you visit here! It takes a long time to work in this manner, and very small brushes. Exactly the opposite from what they teach in art school. At least that’s what I hear they teach in art school, having not gone myself. I miss not having art history and style comparisons explained and outlined for me. Other than that, it is freedom of not knowing the right from “wrong”, freedom to experiment.

  5. I think we always have freedom to experiment, even though it can be difficult to unlearn conventions. I have been told that they like to call your method of painting “illustration.” With “painting” they seem to like big brush strokes and texture. When I first started painting, I drew a tarot deck using paint brushes, not knowing yet how to really paint. People seem to like the naïve artwork, but it bothers me as an artist that the tarot is the only thing I’ve done which people seem to recognize. Do you have images from your earlier phases online? I would be interested to see how your work has progressed to the level it’s at now.

  6. HI Alex – I love your sketches and painting. Eggs are indeed one of the “tests” artists undertake. I did mine back in college 30 years ago. Anyway, I just read your comment on the ArtBiz blog about your wonderful representative who you love to pieces. Would you be willing to share his information and allow me to contact him. Thank you so much! Carrie MaKenna, Denver CO

  7. Hi Alex
    We have met today with Arnon Rolnik at my place on Ein Shemer.
    As soon as every one left I Googled you – and I realy loved what I saw.
    Only 4 years – and it seems you’ve come a long way.
    I am glad we had a chance to meet and hope to have another chance.
    All the best

    • Dearest Nira! Thank you so much for having me in your house the other day! I have not had this much fun in a long time! What a wonderful family you have! Thank you for the kind words on this site as well, you are so kind, I am very happy you liked my work. Thanks for leaving me your email, I will write you privately as well.

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