Michael Hazin was born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1948. He studied at the College of Plastic Arts, Odessa, and the High Academy of Painting and Design, St. Petersburg. In 1972 he immigrated to Israel.
Being an artist of the European cultural tradition, Hazin freely orientates himself in a number of diverse creative movements, ranging from Impressionism to Hyperrealism and Pop Art. To a certain extent he unites (and potentially transforms into a new quality) different stylistic trends. Hazin is fully armed with something only rarely encountered in modern art – academic mastery.
Childhood memories of playing with this optical toy appear to have stuck in the artist’s memory – fragmentations and transformations of color, magical geometry and the playful kinetics of form.
A large series of paintings on Jerusalem (2001–05) – several of which were shown at the Direct Report exhibition at the New Manège in Moscow – represent Hazin’s poetic optics in its modern state and active regime of “tuning”. This series is nevertheless based on something often forgotten as we attempt to decipher the stylistic impulses and analogues. It expresses his mentality and the cultural codes that every artist-immigrant brings with him, as well as his attempt to connect the traditions of the European artistic school with the light and color of the Middle East.
Michael Hazin has participated in numerous exhibitions in Israel and around the world and his works are on permanent exhibition at The Herbatia Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, and The Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg.