Born in 1958, in the town Dnepropetrovk, currently situated in the Ukraine, Mark Tochilkin carries a dual nationality of Israeli and Russian. From 1973 to 1977 he received his formal art training at the Dnepropetrovsk Institute of Art. After his studies, Tochilkin experienced a wave of artistic success and even joined the Soviet's Artist Society in 1988. After immigrating in the 1990's to Israel, Tochilkin's popularity grew; he now participates in many shows, art institutions, and galleries, both in Israel and abroad. He has achieved particularly great success in the United States where his works are displayed on a regular basis.
The translation of one kind of art onto another has been a problematic preoccupation for Tochilkin. This painting is part of his "Music" series. Tochilkin attempts to catch the essence of music within his visual painting through the expression of colour, light, and compositional rhythm. He commonly depicts the climax in which the soloist, conductor, or orchestra attains a state of ultimate spiritual and creative tension. In this specific artwork it is the conductor that is highlighted through his central positioning and Tochilkin's use of light and shadowing. His musical subjects often include famous performers such as Paganini, Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, and David Oistrakh. This painting is rich in eye-catching accents as well as subtle undertones thereby transporting the viewer into a realm of movement; the realm of music.
Levady, Ran. Mark Tochilkin. Israel, Fine Art Galleries Eilat, 1998.