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Simon Shegelman was born in Russia in 1933. He currently resides in Canada. In 1952 he enrolled in the highly prestigious Latvian Academy of Fine Art in Riga, which he graduated with an Honors and Distinction Diploma. Until the mid—1970's, Shegelman's works were widely exhibited in Russia, Baltic states, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, Warsaw and Helsinki.

In 1975, he immigrated to the West to escape the political and ideological pressures that defined life in the former USSR. Shegelman worked in Rome, Italy and in 1976 moved to Canada. During the following 25 years he worked in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto as well as in Europe. As a result, today Shegelman's work can be found in many public and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic.

Shegelman's art carries a luminescence that is simultaneously romantic and philosophical. Remaining faithful to the ancient axiom that painting is silent poetry and poetry is the painting that speaks, Shegelman arranges colors in what is truly a poetic reflection on the world around him.

Select Group and Solo Exhibitions:

2002       Johnson Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA
2002       Finegood Art Gallery, West Hills, CA
2001       Paramount Studio, Hollywood, CA
1990-1996 Presidential Plaza, Boca Raton, Florida
1998       Gallery Carlos Hulsch—Berlin, Germany
1997       Art Center—Gaeta, Italy
1995       Citta Di Sorento—Sorento, Italy
1994       Gallerie Heritage International, Toronto, Canada
1993       Metropole Arts Center, Folkstone, England
1993       Galleria d'Arte Il Saggiatore—Rome, Italy
1993       Metropole Arts Center—Folkstone, England
1991       Cine-Gallery, Riga, Latvia
1990       Jurmala Art Museum, Jurmala, Latvia
1990       Sherberg Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989       Eduardo Nakhamkin Fine Arts, San Francisco
1989       Galerie Heritage International, Toronto, Canada
1988       Internat Art Exhibition, West Berlin, Germany
1987       Baron Gallery, Ben Gurion Universty, Tel Aviv Israel
1986       Cambrian Rose Gallerie, Ottawa, Canada
1985       Sadie Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada
1982       Atelier 858—Montreal, Canada
1981       Gallerie Edimage—Montreal, Canada
1979       Liga Dunkan Art Gallerie—New York, USA
1977       Mendel Art Gallery—Saskatoon, Canada
1976       Galleria d'Arte—Trieste, Italy