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Misha Reznikoff Portrait

Misha Reznikoff

Also Known as: Micha Reznikoff

Kabilia, Russia 1905

New York, New York 1971

Photo Caption:
Photograph by Genevieve Naylor.

Luce Artist Biography

Misha Reznikoff grew up in the town of Kabilia, Russia. He described his life there as a nightmare, and based many of his early paintings on the “frightening misery” that he experienced. He came to America in 1921 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League, where he became friends with the painter Stuart Davis. Reznikoff worked for the Public Works of Art Project in New York and in 1941 was sent to Brazil as part of the State Department’s “Good Neighbor” policy. He loved jazz music and held a longtime position on a jazz program on NBC, sketching the musicians as they played. (Misha Reznikoff, Paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, Exhibition Catalogue, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, 1992)