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Yankel Ginzburg


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Yankel Ginzburg's lifetime achievements are nearly as colorful as his paintings. Born in the Soviet Republic of Khazakhstan and educated in Israel, he began his artistic career as a prodigy at the prestigious Institute of Art in Israel at the impressionable age of thirteen. He was the youngest student ever accepted to the Academy.

Marc Chagall visited the Academy in 1962. While there chatting with the students, his eyes lit on two Ginzburg paintings. He asked, "How old is this lad?" When the director explained that he was the youngest student at the Academy, Chagall replied, "It took me 40 years to capture Paris. This youngster will capture the world even before his hair turns gray". In 1967, Ginzburg was reacquainted with Marc Chagall and honored with a one-man show at the Marc Chagall Museum.
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