() (born 1939, in Leningrad
) is an American sculptor
. He immigrated to the United States
in 1974 and has since lived and worked in New York
. Developing several individualistic styles in modern art
, he is most famous for his unique work in terra cotta sculpture
, involving heavily perforated surfaces and intriguing forms.
Born at the outbreak of World War II
, Ney's early childhood was entrenched in difficulty. Two weeks before Ney became 2 years old, the Siege of Leningrad
was launched, described by historians as the second most lethal battle in the war's tragic history. The pivotal city’s rail connections were severed, cutting off all access to any food and power supplies. In the following winter that ensued, between two and three million civilians—including 400,000 children—died during the Leningrad Blockade.
After being given private art lessons at the home of influential Russian sculptor V.V. Lishev
(1877–1960), from 1954 to 1957 Ney studied at the Art School of the Leningrad Academy of Arts
, and later at the Art School of the Surikov Moscow Art Institute
from 1957 to 1959. Ney befriended a wide number of progressive-minded art students, now stars of the contemporary Russian art scene such as Alexander Kosolapov
, Leonid Sokov
, Alexander Yulikov
, Lev Nussberg
and Vadim Kosmatschof
. His relentless efforts in creating strikingly new interpretations of art quickly made the young artist legendary amidst his peers.
From 1965 to 1967, Ney... Read More