The artist Dimitri Polak was born in 1922 in a small village near Kiev, Ukraine, once part of the U.S.S.R. From an early age he spent most of his time learning painting and drawing from his father, who was also a gifted artist. After his military service in the Russian army during World War II, he completed his degree in art studies. Until 1991, he spent most of his life as a well-known artist in the USSR and Europe, taking part in many one-person and group exhibitions. In 1991, as the gates of the U.S.S.R. opened, he immigrated to Israel, where he spent the rest of his life. He passed away in 2008. Polak’s work combines a sophisticated use of color with an “Expressionist” approach to the application of pigment. The surfaces of his paintings on canvas are built-up texturally and exhibit an unusual relief quality that at once catches the eye and affects the colors that he layers (glazes). The effect is one of a shimmering light that plays throughout his warm and inviting landscapes. Collectors all over the world enjoy Polak’s works.