Folk Art

George Voronovsky

George Voronovsky lived the last decade of his life on a pension in a hotel among a hundred similar hotels along the whitewashed strip of Ocean Drive, in what is now the center point of Miami Beach's trendy South Beach. His tiny room looked over the grassy park and expansive ocean; this is where he lived richly. He was a solitary figure, alone among a sea of retirees. No one saw the astonishing images that were tacked up throughout his room, which he painted with cheap watercolors on discarded pieces of cardboard. Vivid recollections of his charmed youth in the Ukraine, along with a myriad of decorations he fashioned out of refuse, filled his space. White walls bothered him for they allowed his thoughts to wander in painful directions. Voronovsky's remarkable art reflected on an idealized past that was preferable to the one he actually lived: a past of war, concentration camps, and a family to which he would never return. He directed his mind to the present through his art, choosing to live amongst "the beauty of nature."

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