a life of creativity
Markus Mizne was born in Kiev, in 1908, to a family with artistic and musical and leaning. In the early 1920s, his family escaped the pogroms to Warsaw, and sent Markus to boarding school in Germany, where he became acquainted with modern art during visits to workshops and lectures at the Bauhaus; he began painting aged 15.
In 1935, aged 27, he arrived in Paris and studied Political Science and Economy at the Sorbonne. He continued painting, and befriended many artists (including Foujita, van Dongen, Braque, Larionov, Goncharova, Pevsner and Fautrier). In 1939, with the rise of the Nazi terror, he escaped Europe to Brazil. He lived in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo with his wife, pianist Felicja Blumental (1908-1991) and his daughter Annette. Unable to pursue his artistic career as a painter, he became a music producer and musicologist. He also learned stage direction with Austrian-born American stage and film actor and director Max Reinhardt.
In 1962 the Mizne family returned to Europe living in Paris, Milan, Rome and London. In 1991 Markus Mizne moved with his daughter Annette Celine to New York, where he passed away in 1994.
The paintings of painter Markus Mizne are calligraphic, a kind of automatic writing in which the planar surface invites the touch of the artist’s hand, activated by an internal force of a private, intimate memory. These sketches, seemingly vague and indecipherable, seemingly rustles devoid of end and purpose – are charged with the tension created between the sublime and the trivial. These quick sketches, apparently made inadvertently, convey a sense of emotional turmoil and accumulate to a kind of personal diary.
Most paintings are dedicated to the artist’s wife, internationally acclaimed pianist Felicja Blumental; others are jointly dedicated to “my darling, beloved” wife and daughter Annette. They remain a mystery, a secret of primeval layers, ranging from melancholy to hedonism. A winding line leads the pictorial rhythm- flinging the viewer in a filed rich with situations, some of ecstasy, some of sorrow. Markus Mizne is seemingly focused around the investigation of some fact, gesture, or movement, and each painting is the product of opening horizons into a new pictorial-photographic space.
Markus Mizne’s paintings touch upon the vision of central artists of his lifetime, in whose work he was involved as a perceptive viewer: among them Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Pollock, De Kooning, Twombly, as well as Aboriginal painters.
It is a delight to appreciate the paintings of painter Markus Mizne, this calligraphy scribbled with magical, and colorful abundance.