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Coleman House resident Natalia Shapirovsky's art on display at Needham Library

Posted: January 23, 2013

Coleman House resident Nataliz Shapirovsky shares her impressive story. Her art is on display at the Needham Public Library through January 30, 2013. 

I was born in Moscow and lived there for the most part of my life. I finished school with a gold medal but still had no chance to be accepted to Moscow State University. On the one hand, I was interested in physics – how the world where we live is structured and why, and on the other hand, I was fascinated by arts and philosophy which was also about the world but not from the scientific point of view but from artistic one.

As I’m Jewish, I couldn’t study at University’s physics department – they didn’t accepted Jews.  So I graduated from Moscow Institute of Aviation majoring in radio engineering, and simultaneously got a diploma of theater director from a People University.

When a University student, I liked to go to museums in Moscow and Leningrad where on weekends one can attend course of lectures on the history of fine arts. My favorite topic was on Impressionists.

I worked for half a year in a theater, but was disappointed, and went to work as a radio engineer in the Space Research Institute. It’s there where I became interested in astrophysics and I had my Ph.D. in radio astronomy there. I managed to make a small discovery in the area of quasi-stellar scintillation, so my scientific work became known abroad. 

In 1990 my daughter and her family immigrated to Israel, but I stayed in Moscow and worked as radio astronomer.

In 1993, at my daughter’s request I also moved to Israel. There was no work for me and I helped my daughter with my grandson. In 1995 my daughter’s family moved to work in the United States.

I was left alone in Israel, and there I started to paint myself and also visited many museums and exhibitions. There I get acquainted with many artists, and we organized our joint exhibitions. One of such exhibitions took place in the best institute in Israel – Technion.

In 1999 I was able to immigrate to the United States as a scientist – I received a ‘green card’ for “extraordinary abilities”.

Here I continued to paint at my free time when not helping with the grandchildren. I took several classes in drawing and painting at Boston University. I was a member of artists’ community of Newton and Needham. My pictures were on display in Newton Library, Newton Senior Center, Chestnut Hill Mall, in several banks, in the galleries of West Roxbury and Needham.

Now my personal exhibition of 20 pictures is held for whole of January in Needham Library. And I have already got an invitation to hold my personal exhibition in Brookline Town Hall from November 2013 to January 2014.

In Boston, apart from painting, I wrote a book in Russian. It is a mystery novel, and I published it under a pen-name of Nata Sharova. Newton Public library has this book.



January 23, 2013

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