Artists born in Ukraine
David Malkin - Akkermann (Bessarabia) - 1910 - Paris - 2002
David Malkin was the grandson of the scribe who worked in one of his hometown’s synagogues. His family sold the color dyes his father made, as well as art supplies. As early as age 14, David Malkin created sculptures using the clay he found in his parents’ store. Although the Malkins were orthodox Jews, they encouraged David to develop his artistic talent. In 1934, he emigrated to Palestine and worked in a kibbutz. Choosing to devote himself completely to his art, he moved to Haifa in 1936, and then to Jerusalem. In 1942, he enlisted as a volunteer in the Jewish Unit of the British Army. At the end of the war, he was discharged in Florence. He went back to Italy in 1947, thanks to a scholarship to the Florence Fine Arts Academy. In 1950 he won the Accademia’s First Prize for Sculpture. After living in Tuscany for eight years, Malkin moved to Paris in 1955 where he settled down permanently.