ILYA ZOMB studied at the Odessa State Art College, USSR, and majored in fine arts. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he now lives and works in New Jersey. In Ilya’s paintings, ballerinas, giraffes, and pomegranates appear as if out of a dream or a surrealist vision, but the artist states that it is day-to-day life in New York that inspires his wonderfully imaginative, colorful paintings. Entralled by dancers and by animals, there is a surreal sense of a dream about Noah’s Ark around many of Ilya’s paintings. His images can be theatrical, like dream sequences or scenes from a circus. His works are often dynamic, with an air of celebration, or a grand finale, while other pieces are poignant, peaceful and meditative.
Ilya hopes that viewers will look at his paintings ‘as you would travel to some exotic country and stare in amazement at the strange new world.’ Lovingly observed everyday objects blend with elements of fantasy, creating fascinating paintings. Richly painted and vibrant, this successful artist has appeared in a plethora of publications and received major favorable reviews. Ilya’s work is widely exhibited internationally, especially in New York and USA, and is held in major national collections, such as the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.
Publications include Art Now Gallery Guide, New York, METPO, Russian American Weekly, New York, The Spirit of Butterflies, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Entree Magazine (cover), Mode Magazine, New York and The New York Observer.
2013 Outdoor Realities. Campton Gallery, New York City (catalog).
2011 Indoor Realities. Campton Gallery, New York City (catalog).
2009 Overcoming Stillness. Campton Gallery, New York City (catalog).
2006 Metamorphoses of Stillness. Campton Gallery, New York City (catalog).
2004 Pairs. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York City (catalog).
2001 Recent Paintings. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York City (catalog).
1999 Recent Paintings. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York City (catalog).
1998 New Paintings and prints. Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, Tennessee.
1998 Recent Paintings. Sailor Valentine’s Gallery. Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1997 Daily Phenomena. Avery on Bond, NoHo, NYC.
1997 New Paintings. Davidson Galleries. Seattle, Washington.
1996 New Works. Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, Tennessee.
1996 Pictures of Ordinary Life. Avery on Bond, NoHo, New York City.
1995 Central Park’s Fairy Tales. Synchronicity Space Gallery, SoHo, NYC.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013 A Matter of Time. Bel-Air Fine art gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (catalog).
2012 Dreaming on Earth. The oriel Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2012 Russian Spring. Medici Gallery, London, UK (catalog).
2007 Caldwell Snyder Gallery. Great opening show, St. Helena, CA.
2003 ART Chicago. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Chicago.
2003 20th Anniversary. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, NYC.
1997 Fine Art Auction. Lincoln Center, NYC (catalog).
1996 The World Bank. Washington, D.C.
1996 Sailor Valentine’s Gallery. Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1995 The Brookfield Gallery of Fine Arts, Massachusetts.
1995 Crossing Over. The RJR Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, New Jersey.
1995 Phoenix Art Gallery. Topeka, Kansas.
1995 Animals and Art. Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee.
1995 Sailor Valentine’s Gallery. Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1995 FNARC, New York City.
1994 Sailor Valentine gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1993 From The Union No Longer, SoHo, NYC (catalog).
1992 Anna Howard Gallery, Connecticut.
1992 A Russian Affair, Princeton, New Jersey.
1991 Synchronicity Space Gallery, SoHo, New York City.
1990 Prince Art Gallery, SoHo, New York City.
1990 Exhibition of 4 Artists. Anna Howard Gallery, Connecticut.
1987 National Museum of Art of Ukraine. Kiev, USSR.
1987 Youth of Country, Manege, Moscow, USSR.
1987 Exhibition of Young Artists. Kiev, USSR.
1979–1988 Participated throughout in various local and national exhibition and art shows. Odessa and Kiev, USSR.
Knoxville Museum of Art. Knoxville, TN.
1975-1979 Odessa State Art College, USSR. Majored in fine arts.
1971-1975 Odessa Art School, USSR.
Marin magazine. January 2012. San Francisco (cover).
American Arts Quarterly magazine. Winter 2010 (cover).
Menninger. Perspective. Number 2, 2002, Number 2, 2004.
Art Now Gallery Guide. May 2004 (New York).
METPO. May 2004. Russian American Weekly Magazine (New York).
The Week. November 30, 2001 (New York).
The Spirit of Butterflies. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2000.
Entree Magazine, 2000 (cover).
Mode Magazine, 1999, 1998 (New York).
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 1998 (Tennessee).
Gallery & Studio, 1999 (New York).
Metro Pulse, 1996, 1998 (Tennessee).
Novoye Russkoye Slovo (Russian American Daily Newspaper), 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 (NYC).
The Nantucket Beacon, 1996 (Massachusetts).
The New York Observer, 1996 (New York).
Russian Reporter, 1996 (New York).
ArtSpeak. 1993, 1995 (New York).
The Worcester Phoenix, 1995 (Massachusetts).
North County News, 1993 (New York).
Jewish Week, 1993 (New York).
Voices, 1990 (Connecticut).
Heritage Villager, 1990 (Connecticut).
Interview to TV channel “Culture,” 2007 (Russia).
Interview to WMNB (Russian-American Broadcasting Co.), 1995.
Interview to WCCA, Cable 13, 1995 (Massachusetts).