Eugene Segal is one of today’s most acclaimed European Realists. His work has been showcased in
some of the most prestigious venues throughout Europe. But it is not the acclaim that the artist
seeks; it is the passion by which he was influenced that he looks to further in his works.
Influenced by the master works of renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Van Dyck,
France Hals and fellow countrymen Vrubel & Serov, Mr. Segal has embarked on an a new method for his
work; palette knife painting, directly on canvas, “I use the palette knife in combination with a
brush because combining heavy texture that only the knife can create with applied brush transparent
paint gives my work a greater feeling of aliveness with the images. The contrast between the two
allows for an amazing visual effect.” It is this style that has allowed Mr. Segal to win the
hearts of collectors, world-wide.
Born in 1967 Russia, Mr. Segal made the decision to become an artist at the early age of five.
While most can’t even comprehend the concept of making a life-altering decision at that age,
Mr. Segal never waned from his dream. It was his grandfather who influenced him after years of
early childhood Sundays spent in the woods, on banks of rivers and in the fields of his hometown,
painting all day long. While his grandfather was a physician, he was an artist at heart. For his
grandfather, life was about enjoying the beauty of nature and the ability to see and understand all
things, no matter how big or how small. To him, most people lived life too fast to notice, or enjoy,
the smaller aspects of life. It was this passion that his grandfather passed onto him and has served
him well as an artist.
Mr. Segal certainly took this passion to heart as he was constantly painting and drawing…on
walls, on the floor, his father’s papers, and any “canvas” he could find. It was at the age of
five that Mr. Segal was entered into an art studio at the Children’s Palace. At the age of 11,
after his teachers helped nurture his natural gift, he was entered into a special school of gifted
children in the arts.
Four years later, Mr. Segal won his first exhibition competition; a City-wide juried exhibition
of young artists. But more importantly, he achieved his first honor; his paintings were re-printed
and posted all over the city in commemoration of his winning works, something that most young
artists never get to experience.
After finishing his courses at school, Mr. Segal enrolled in Kharkov Art College. After
graduation in 1986, as is customary, he had to serve the army. For the next two years. Mr. Segal
would put his artistic skills to good use by painting photo-portraits of the generals and
large-scale paintings of Soviet tanks and brave Soviet soldiers.
Immediately after being honorably discharged in 1990, Mr. Segal began to actively take part in
the cultural life of his hometown, the city of Kharkov, Ukraine. He began showing at group
exhibitions. The artist quickly received invitations from various galleries to do one-man shows.
It was at this time that a new passion in Mr. Segal’s life would become apparent. While
searching for a model to use as a subject, Mr. Segal met Ylia (Russian version of Julia). He was
looking for someone to pose for his work, and a friend suggested a woman he knew. As soon as the
woman came to his studio, they instantly felt as if years had already passed, and a relationship
was forged. They walked all night, talking, laughing; about nothing, as is the way in most
relationships when you are getting to know someone. It was in the morning that they had realized
it was the most important talk and walk of their lives. Since that night, they both knew that they
were a team…a family. They were married shortly thereafter. Mr. Segal calls Ylia his wife, his
muse, his support and inspiration.
After receiving critical acclaim for his work, Mr. Segal was honored once again with one-man
exhibitions in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, and in Moscow, Russia. These exhibitions were conducted in
such prestigious places as the Russian State Duma (Russian Congress), in the Central House of Art
(Moscow), and in the Russian Academy of Art to name a few.
As his works have become more and more popular, Mr. Segal was named in the book “Important
Ukrainian Painters of XX-XXI centuries” published in 2004 by the Ukrainian National Academy of
Art & Science, curated by Academician B.V. Grinev.
Today, Mr. Segal resides in his hometown of Kharkov, Ukraine with his wife, Ylia.