Petrovsky-Shtern, Yohanan

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

In his bright, bold paintings Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern enters a sophisticated dialogue with a wide range of traditions—from folk and neo-Primitivist art to avant-garde experiments with reducing the color palette and emphasizing pure geometrics. In his works, which often engage with historical and mythological motifs, he daringly transposes these classic plots into a highly contemporary mode of generating intimate emotional engagement with the viewer. Petrovsky-Shtern’s paintings speak of ancient archetypes and universally relatable passions, and do so in a way that is fresh, engaging, and ultimately unforgettable.

Curated by Professor Vitaly Chernetsky