Ossip Zadkine Biography

Smolensk, Russia, 1890 ? Paris, France, 1967

An established Russian artist, Ossip Zadkine is best known for his sculpture work, but also produced paintings and lithographs.

He studied in London at Regen Street Polytechnic and the Central School, as well as the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

In his early years in France he met Apollinaire, Brancusi, Archipenko, Lipchitz, and Picasso, becoming a member of the new Cubist movement.

His later work broke away from traditional cubism, and often included various figures and interactions of convex and concave planes. His best known work is probably the sculpture The Destroyed City, a memorial to the destruction of Rotterdam by the Germans in 1940.

Zadkine won the grand prize in sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1950, and his work has been exhibited around the world.