Art Brokerage: Mark Kaplan Russian Artist: b. 1950. Mark Kaplan was born in 1950 in Saint Petersburg. His works are seen in galleries and museums in Singapore, Miami, New York, Tokyo, and many other cities. Mark Kaplan's paintings have found a place in the greatest art collections beside the works of Monet, Bonnard, Chagall, Soutine, and Van Gogh. Before dedicating himself fully to painting, Russian-born Mark Kaplan worked for many years as a set designer and gave free rein to his passion for color and extravagance. From this theatrical period, Kaplan has retained a trademark for stylization and dramatic compositions. His bouquets of huge irises or gladioli painted in dark crimson or bright red, explode on the canvas like a volcanic eruption. Kaplan uses facets to express volume and brilliant color to interpret form. For the past twenty-five years Kaplan has lived in France, and his modern neo-impressionist paintings of rural and urban landscapes, radiate a kaleidoscope of colored light and warmth.