Art Brokerage: Alex Grinshpun was born in Bandera in 1949. At age 15 Grinshpun went to work in a wood processing plant; in the evenings he studied 'naturalistic painting'. The class would go 'on site', and learned how to translate the three-dimensional landscape they observed onto the two-dimensional canvas. From 1979-1982, Grinshpun utilized the knowledge that he had acquired in the academy and applied it to the sets he painted and the books he illustrated in black and white. Describing the situation in the former USSR, Grinshpun explained that creative artists were officially classified according to their areas of work, leaving graphic artists and set painters out of the official definition of 'artists', i.e., 'painters and sculptors'. Museums were not eager to open their doors to 'non-artists', yet Grinshpun succeeded in having several small one-man exhibitions in the cities of Bender (Tighina), Tiraspol, Kishinev and Odessa, and participate in several group exhibitions. Over the years, the idea of being a painter began to filter down into his consciousness, leading him to the extreme change in his life: he left the USSR and immigrated to Israel in 1991. The largest and most significant personal exhibition was in June 2003 in the Center of Arts in Rishon-Lezion city. About 80 picturesque cloths were exposed in two big wall-lighted halls. As a result of this exhibition, Alexander was invited to exhibit in a few galleries in the US , Canada and Singapore. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.