Dr. Boris Speizman was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 17, he began studying dentistry at the St. Petersburg Medical School, where he subsequently became an activist for human rights, rights of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel and democracy. As a result of his political activities, Shpeizman was at risk for arrest. When the opportunity arose after political changes in Soviet Union he immigrated to Israel. After a few years of working as a dentist in Israel, Boris Shpeizman started to paint and then tried sculpture. He studied ceramics and glass design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005. Upon graduation, Shpeizman closed his dental clinic to devote his time to glass blowing.
Shpeizman currently lectures at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and works as an independent artist in his co-owned Glass Blowing “Gstudio Art” in Tel Aviv. During his relatively short career as a glass artist, Shpeizman has received prestigious, international scholarships from the Pilchuck Glass School and the Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Israel, England and the United States.
“To walk on the “edge” was always my motto in life”, says Boris. To always walk the line where one art direction ends but a new one is yet to begin; where the possibilities of matter are brought to their limit and where ideas are brought to the absurd – that is where Boris Shpeizman practices his art. Any material reveals its hidden and surprising qualities only in extreme situations. He does not “work” with the glass but rather “tames” it. The transformation of glass from its hot, raw and liquid state into stiff, cold and fragile substance symbolizes, in Shpeizman’s eyes, the full cycle of life. In his work, Shpeizman looks for ways to intertwine traditional glass blowing with contemporary art.