Pinchas Burstein, a.k.a. “MARYAN”, was an artist who was born in Polonia in 1927 and died in the USA in 1977.
The irony in Maryan’s paintings coexists with the depth of his biographical character, which defined his entire career. Born in Poland in the years before World War II, he was imprisoned in a concentration camp at the age of 12, where he lost a leg and became an orphan. This experience, as well as the new works of Dubuffet, Picasso, Karel Appel and others, inspired him to develop a very personal work of art in parallel with the artistic movements of the postwar period.
“A survivor of Auschwitz, and thus perhaps liberated at least from the compulsion to debate the limits between what is “unrepresentable” and what is “speakable” as he probed those limits in the flesh in his own experience, Maryan used his right to scream and exercised it in full […]”