Art has always been Shillman House resident Lev Rozman’s first love. He studied drawing and watercolor as a teenager in the Crimean Peninsula before turning to oceanography, receiving his PhD from the State Oceanographic Institute in Moscow. He was awarded the rank of Senior Research Fellow by the Council of Ministers of the USSR, managed a laboratory for the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, and headed a number of environmental projects and expeditions in the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and the Atlantic Ocean. He has authored numerous papers and has participated in many conferences, but his passion for art never waned.
Lev made substantial strides as an artist after visiting the great museums of the world. His artwork has been exhibited in Pepperell and Brighton, MA, and Hollis, NH. He was appointed to the Pepperell Cultural Council in the fall of 2015 and to the Framingham Cultural Council in the summer of 2016. A signed print of one his drawings is hanging at the Massachusetts Cultural Council in Boston.
Lev likes painting portraits because he feels he has a gift for capturing a person’s character—a gift he describes as being inspired by an inscrutable force. “When I draw a portrait, I feel as though somebody moves my hand,” he says.
Last fall, Lev's sketch of Albert Einstein was auctioned off during JCHE's Annual Gala, then put on display at Goodnow Library in Sudbury, MA.
Sketch by Lev Rozman on display at Goodnow Library in Sudbury, MA
Lev is happy to share gallery space with a budding young artist: his 11-year-old grandson, Isaac Rozman, who shares his love of art and impressive gifts.
Painting by Isaac Rozman on display at Goodnow Library in Sudbury, MA