With brilliant, jewel-like colors and bold, expressive brushstrokes, the paintings of Michael Gleizer eloquently convey a wide range of human emotions, from wonder to regret, humor to despair, anger to love, ecstasy to melancholy, and everything in between. Gleizer regards the subjects of his paintings as characters close to his heart, and his work reflects his interest in music, literature, and theater. There is an almost operatic quality to Gleizer's paintings in that they tell a story in vignettes ranging from the lightness and beauty of an aria sung by a soprano to the deep, resonate impact of a grand finale. Rather than painting what he sees, Gleizer gives figurative form to what's in his heart and mind, utilizing a range of styles from impressionism to surrealism.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1946, Gleizer struggled much of his career with state restrictions on art imposed by the former Soviet Union. In addition to painting, he also designed sets and costumes for plays in Ukraine's top theaters. He now resides in New York City.