| SERGEI BONGART (1918-1985)
Bongart was born in the Ukraine, and studied art in his native city
of Kiev, famed for its ancient icons. He also studied and painted
in Prague, Vienna and Munich. In 1948, he emigrated to the U. S. and
spent much time painting in California.
Bongart has been described as "an ardent spirit, a poet, now sensual,
now spiritual, who makes joyful proclamations in paint of his love
of life and the world in which we live, or sorrowful eulogies upon
its tragedies." His work is featured in prominent museums, and has
received many awards, including a Gold Medal from the National Cowboy
Hall of Fame.